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Texas Teen Pleads Guilty to Supporting Pakistani Terror Group
By Clarion Project
A teenager from Fort Worth, Texas says he helped recruit for a Pakistani terror organization. Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, could face 20 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to using social media to recruit for Lashkar-e-Taiba. LeT, the organization behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead and many more wounded.
Sewell provided contact details for someone he believed could help facilitate travel to Pakistan for a potential LeT recruit.
A Department of Justice statement offers more details:
Sewell then provided the coconspirator, who he spoke to on social media, with contact information for an individual he believed could facilitate the coconspirator’s travel to Pakistan to join LeT. Unbeknownst to Sewell and the coconspirator, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent.
Sewell and the coconspirator discussed what the coconspirator should say to the undercover agent who posed as the facilitator, in order to gain the facilitator’s trust and be permitted to join LeT. Sewell also contacted the facilitator to vouch for the coconspirator’s authenticity.
Sewell faces sentencing on August 12.
At any given time, there are ongoing investigations into Islamist terror plots in all 50 states. As of July 2018 there were in excess of 1,000 investigations into domestic and homegrown violent extremists, according to National Counterterrorism Center Strategic Operational Planning Director Lt.-Gen Michael K. Nagata.