National Guardsman Pleads Guilty To Aiding Plot To Shoot Up Base For ISIS

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A U.S. Army National Guard soldier pleaded guilty Monday to planning to aid a plot to shoot up his military base as well as travel overseas to fight for Islamic State.

Hasan Edmonds’ cousin Jonas Edmonds pleaded guilty last week to plotting with Hasan to help ISIS.

The Department of Justice says “that on March 25, 2015, Jonas Edmonds drove Hasan Edmonds to Midway International Airport in Chicago so that he could board a flight to the Middle East.  According to the plea agreement, after dropping off Hasan Edmonds, Jonas Edmonds went to Hasan Edmonds’ residence and retrieved several of Hasan Edmonds’ National Guard uniforms, which Jonas Edmonds planned to wear as a disguise during a planned attack at the National Guard base in Joliet, Illinois.”

Hasan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

“Hasan and Jonas Edmonds conspired to provide material support to ISIL,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin says in a statement. “They admitted planning to wage violence on behalf of ISIL in the Middle East and to conduct an attack on our soil. Thanks to the efforts of many prosecutors, agents and analysts, we were able to ensure these plotters did not attain their violent endgames, and with these guilty pleas, they will be held accountable.”

Jonas tried to help Hasan travel overseas to fight with ISIS because, according to the Department of Justice, he believes “that anyone who supported a mujahid (a fighter) was a mujahid himself,” and thus got credit before Allah.

Edmonds also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State and one count of making a materially false statement to a law enforcement officer regarding an offense involving international terrorism.

Fox News learned in November that the FBI monitors nearly 50 ISIS suspects 24/7 with large, hi-tech teams of agents. There are as many as 1,000 active ISIS suspects in the U.S.

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