Nicholas Young

Nicholas Young (IPT image)

A former D.C. Metro Transit Police officer who converted to Islam and embraced neo-Nazi ideology was found guilty Monday of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and two counts of obstruction of justice.

Nicholas Young, 36, could face up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in February, reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

He is the first American law enforcement officer to be convicted in a terrorism case.

A federal prosecutor previously told jurors in Young’s terrorist trial he “was attracted to Nazis and Islamic terrorists at the same time,” noting “both hate Jews.”

Young, 38, a resident of Fairfax, Virginia, gave misleading statements to federal agents when interviewed about the whereabouts of a close associate who Young believed had traveled to Syria to join ISIS, according to a court filing.

Young also tried to give gift-card codes to his associate to help ISIS recruit new members.

According to court filings, Young was hired by the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2003 and drew the attention of investigators in September 2010 when FBI agents interviewed him in connection with the arrest of an acquaintance, Zachary Chesser.

America is headed down a suicidal path, contends Leo Hohmann in “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad,” available now in hard copy or e-book at the WND Superstore.

Chesser was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in prison for communicating threats against the writers of the “South Park” television show and for attempting to provide material support to the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, IPT reported.

During the five-day trial, expert witness Daveed Gartenstein-Ross testified Islamic terrorism against Jews is “based on the idea that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

People are drawn to neo-Nazism and militant Islam for similar reasons, he said, and “once you succumb to one of those ideologies, you become more prone to succumbing to the other ideology.”

IPT said the verdict marks another failed attempt to blame federal law enforcement officials for entrapping an otherwise innocent man.

To convict Young, IPT pointed out, jurors had to be convinced that he was predisposed to support ISIS before encountering any FBI informants, including those who served as prosecution witnesses.

Prosecutor Gordon Kromberg told jurors in the Eastern District of Virginia that Young used an Israeli flag as a doormat in his home, and his phone featured a picture of billowing smokestacks with the caption, “Together we can finish what Hitler started.”

The prosecutor said Young also has an SS tattoo on his shoulder, and after attending a neo-Nazi gathering said, “Don’t discount an alliance with Muslims to combat the Jews.”

A search of Young’s home and computer uncovered an “intense interest in terrorism – of the Nazi variety” and included a photo of Young and his associates in their Nazi SS uniforms in front of a Nazi flag, and a picture of the swastika imposed on an Israeli flag with the caption “The Greatest Devil.”

The search also came up with a cartoon depicting a pig with the face of a stereotypical Jew titled “Jewish swine.”

Young’s lead defense attorney, Linda Moreno, charged in her opening statement that the FBI “induced Nicholas Young, a distinguished officer to commit a crime that they created.”

“Nick Young never spoke to anyone in ISIS, never contacted anyone in ISIS,” she insisted.

Prosecutors, however, were able to convince the jury that Young was inclined toward violence before his first contact with federal agents in 2010. The Nazi evidence was critical to the government’s case because it predated Young’s attraction to Islamic terrorism.

Young traveled to Libya twice in 2011 and associated with rebels attempting to overthrow the Moammar Gadhafi regime. Authorities found body armor, a Kevlar helmet and several other military-style items in Young’s baggage.

Young also told a confidential informant that he served with the “Abo Salem Suhada Brigade” in Libya, a reference to the al-Qaida-related Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade.

Young’s attorney, Moreno, insisted Young went to Libya only because he was inspired by the Arab Spring, arguing his conduct was legal.

She pointed out her client openly talked to federal authorities about his trips to Libya because he was proud of them.

America is headed down a suicidal path, contends Leo Hohmann in “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad,” available now in hard copy or e-book at the WND Superstore.

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