Edward Schimenti, and his recruit Joseph Jones, both 35 and black lives matter activists, were recently arrested after police found that the two had ties to the terror organization ISIS, and even wanted to plan a terrorist attack.
According to Fox 32 Chicago, Schimenti, who is also known by Abdul Wali, was ratted out by other cohorts who became alarmed when the middle-aged man began bragging that he watched ISIS videos every night. People also noticed that he had in ISIS flag as his background on his phone.
Schimenti was also caught collecting old cell phones, which he planned to give to ISIS militants in order to help plan terrorist attacks. His comment is chilling: “I want to see blood flowing, whatever way.”
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Both Schimenti and Jones are now in federal custody, charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State.
The criminal complaint against them is 77 pages long, and includes photos of them posing with the Islamic flag at Illinois Beach State Park. Schimenti was also reportedly planning to launch an attack at Naval Station Great Lakes in north Chicago.
What’s even more interesting is their apparent affiliation with the extremist group Black Lives Matter. The chair of the Lake County chapter of Black Lives Matter, Clyde McLemore, said that Schimenti joined a protest outside the Zion Police Department that was organized to protest the April, 2015 officer-involved shooting of Justin Howell.
McLemore said that Schimenti told him that he wanted “to blow up the police department in retaliation,” and the group took the bullhorn away from him.
The federal investigation lasted 19 months, and began when an undercover FBI agent approached Jones at the Zion PD in September, 2015. Jones was at the ZPD for an interview about a murdered friend.
Several agents and a civilian, involved in the investigation, all working undercover, convinced both men that they had gained access to an ISIS network which was designed to smuggle new recruits into Syria.
During the investigation, Jones shared graphic videos to the undercover agents. When Jones was asked if he thought about joining ISIS, he said “night and day.”
Schimenti openly talked about how they could put gay people “on top of Sears Tower” and drop them.
Jones also shared online a 46-page document that ended by saying this:
“When we descend on the streets of London, Paris, and Washington the taste will be far bitterer, because not only will we spill your blood, but we will also demolish your statues, erase your history, and, most painfully, convert your children who will then go on to champion our name and curse of their forefathers.”