Minneapolis man Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir was arrested by U.S. authorities on December 11, 2015, for threatening FBI officers over Twitter. Abdulkadir posted multiple tweets threatening FBI agents in reaction to the December 9, 2015, arrest of his friend, Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, who was charged with conspiring to help ISIS.“United States of America v. Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir,” United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, December 11, 2015, 4, http://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/Abdulkadir%20Criminal%20Complaint.pdf; “Minnesota man, 20, accused of conspiring to help Islamic State,” New York Daily News, December 10, 2015, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/minnesota-man-accused-conspiring-islamic-state-article-1.2460965.
Abdulkadir tweets in support of Warsame
According to FBI agents, Abdulkadir also tweeted, “More brother get locked up the cops body they will find on the floor body’s dropping fast #kill them FBI and fuck as judge [sic],” though that tweet has since been removed.“United States of America v. Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir,” United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, December 11, 2015, 4, http://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/Abdulkadir%20Criminal%20Complaint.pdf.
Abdulkadir had previously used Twitter and Facebook to communicate with two Minnesotans fighting with ISIS, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan a.k.a. Mujahid Miski, and Adbiwali Nur.Liz Collin, “Minneapolis Man Charged With Threatening Agents On Twitter; In Custody,” CBS Minnesota, December 11, 2015, http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/12/11/minneapolis-man-charged-with-threatening-agents-on-twitter-in-custody/. In January 2015, Abdulkadir wrote to Miski: “Brother I’m trying to make moves and I have no connection so what’s the deal brother? I’m trying to bounce for untied state Mpls mn [sic] to [ISIS-controlled territory].” Miski told Abdulkadir to travel to Turkey, where he would receive help crossing into Syria.“United States of America v. Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir,” United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, December 11, 2015, 5, http://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/Abdulkadir%20Criminal%20Complaint.pdf.
In January 2016, Abdulkadir pleaded not guilty, but faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Three months later, he made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. The plea agreement stipulated that Abdulkadir will be regularly drug tested, have his Internet use monitored, and be forbidden from visiting extremist online content.Muktar M. Ibrahim, “Mpls. Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Threatening Agents is Released from Jail,” MPR News, March 8, 2016, https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/khaalid-abdulkadir-mpls-man-pleads-guilty-to-threatening-agents-isis. According to Abdulkadir’s attorney, FBI agents did not believe that his Twitter threats would materialize. Abdulkadir was sentenced to three years of probation.Esme Murphy, “Minn. Man Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor In Twitter Threats Case,” CBS Minnesota, March 8, 2016, http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/03/08/man-pleads-guilty-terror-case/; “Mpls. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening FBI, Judge in Terror Case,” ABC5, January 7, 2016, http://kstp.com/news/stories/s4010497.shtml.