An Army soldier on active duty in Hawaii has been charged with committing an unthinkable act against the United States.
CBS News reported that Ikaika Erik Kang was arrested Saturday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group, according to the FBI.
Kang, 34, served as an air traffic control operator with the 25th Infantry Division and was stationed in Honolulu. On Saturday, he allegedly told an undercover federal agent that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people,” KMGB reported.
An FBI affidavit filed in court said Kang was the subject of a year-long investigation that involved the FBI, the Army and several undercover agents and other “confidential human sources” who posed as Islamic State operatives and sympathizers, according to Reuters.
According to the criminal complaint, Kang swore allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and proceeded to make training videos for the terror group, Reuters reported.
Hours before his arrest, Kang purchased a GoPro drone flight kit, with which the FBI said he intended to send to the Middle East to help terrorists escape enemy tanks in battle, according to Reuters.
Kang was reportedly troubled and had a history of making violent threats, according to KGMB.
The complaint also said that Kang was angry and wanted to torture a civilian who had taken away his air traffic controller’s license. Kang said that if he ever saw him again, he would “tie him down and pour Drano in his eyes,” the complaint reportedly said.
The FBI reportedly believes Kang was a lone actor.
According to Kang’s service record, the soldier was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 and Iraq in 2011. He was awarded several medals including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Kang is in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 17, CBS reported.
Kang’s father, Clifford Kang, told KGMB he was in shock over his son’s arrest. Kang said he knew his son told had converted to Islam, but that he did not appear to be an extremist.
Obviously, looks can be deceiving.
If these charges are true, this soldier is a cold-blooded traitor and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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