Would-be Boston Cop 'Beheader' Didn't Work Alone
Investigators have learned more about Usaama Rahim, the terrorist killed by Boston police. He didn't act alone, and he was part of a conspiracy to target a free-speech activist and then police.
FBI investigators now say Rahim was a homegrown terrorist who plotted to behead Boston police officers. They say Rahim had help from his nephew, 25-year-old David Wright.
Wright allegedly communicated with Rahim by cell phone, telling his uncle the knife he had purchased for beheading police was good for "thinking with your head on your chest."
Rahim had been under surveillance for two years, and the FBI had recorded his cell phone conversations.
According to the report, Rahim originally planned to kill activist Pamela Geller, who exposed radical Islam and organized the Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. But he soon realized Boston police would be easier targets. That's when he purchased a knife and told his nephew it was "good for carving."
Police may be searching for a third suspect in the Boston terror plot. The FBI counterterrorism chief says the feds are investigating hundreds of other ISIS sympathizers here in the United States.
"We are monitoring them very closely for any type of action, any type of overt steps, any mobilization factors, and when we see those, we're not taking the chance," FBI counterterrorism chief Mike Steinbach said.
And it's not ISIS in the Middle East -- it's those homegrown terrorists radicalized by a highly sophisticated, ISIS presence on social media that concerns the FBI and members of Congress the most.
"The proliferation of jihadist propaganda online has established a new front in our battle against Islamist extremists," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.
"We are no longer hunting terrorists living in caves and who only communicate through couriers," he warned. "We are facing an enemy whose messages and calls to violence are posted and promoted in real time over the Internet."
Many ISIS supporters worldwide use Twitter to share information, and they also use other, lesser known dark sites to shield their conversations and messages from the FBI and NSA.
The White House says more needs to be done to protect the American homeland.
"There is an opportunity for us, in the mind of the president, to work with the tech sector on this," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. "The threat that he's particularly worried about is sort of the lone wolf threat."