Uncle Sam provided him with the training. Allah provided him with the goal of becoming a murderer.
A former U.S. Army soldier has been charged with attempting to provide material support to terror group al Shabaab, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Craig Benedict Baxam was arrested Friday upon return to his home state of Maryland after he was captured in Africa during an alleged attempt to reach Somalia, where the terror group is based.
Baxam, 24, joined the Army in 2007 and served in Baghdad and Korea. During his enlistment, he completed eight months of advanced intelligence and cryptology training, the Justice Department said in a press release.
According to court papers, Baxam secretly converted to Islam days before leaving the Army, one month ahead of completing his deployment in Korea. He returned to Maryland in July 2011 and reportedly sought to move to Somalia to join al Shabaab.
I would like for a lawyer to explain to me why someone attempting to join a terrorist group that targets Americans doesn’t immediately garner a capital charge of some something very much akin to treason. I’d think such a charge would apply not just to Islamists, but to domestic terrorists and eco-terrorists as well.