Note: the Video shows accused ISIS supporter to the substance of the plot to bomb gay bars and UC Berkeley, selling poison-laced cocaine, prosecutors say

A screen capture gives defendant Amer Alhaggagi drive with an undercover agent of the FBI. (U. S. Attorney’s Office/FBI via KQED and KTVU/Brooks Jarosz)

A California man faces several decades in prison after admitting to setting up social media accounts supporting the Islamic State group, prosecutors said.

Amer Alhaggagi, 23, of Oakland, pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to trying to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, possession of device-making equipment, and identity theft, according to the U. S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.


A video obtained by the Bay Area’s KQED-TV shows Alhaggagi drive in the region with an undercover FBI agent while appearing to boast about his plans to commit terrorism.

“I’m so excited about it…(I’ve been) hyped-up,” he says in the video.

Alhaggagi allegedly told an FBI source he wanted to the threat of terrorism in the U.S. to reach the level where “every American here thinks twice or three times before he leaves his house. Like, ‘it is necessary for me to leave now?'”

Alhaggagi was arrested in November 2016 for identity theft, but later admitted to creating social media accounts for the people who he thought were ISIS supporters, San Francisco’s KPIX-TV reported.

The detention of the documents of December 2017 and cited by to specify the drive Alhaggagi spent time in Yemen, where he allegedly met undercover agents to the plans of a potential terrorist attack.”


Alhaggagi allegedly also applied to the Oakland Police Department in an attempt to steal weapons and plotted to bomb gay bars, and plant bombs on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, and sell cocaine laced with poison, according to the court documents, cited by the Bay Area FOX 2.

“There are so many homeless people here that would do it for you, if for a dollar or something,” he says at a given moment.

Alhaggagi the lawyer and the family insist: he is a sarcastic young man” who like to be provocative, but not actually commit any crimes.

“Amer didn’t matter or the planning of a violent act. He opened a small number of social media accounts for ISIS sympathizers,” Alhaggagi ‘ s family said in a statement. “He knows now that this was wrong, and is sorry to have caused so many problems. Amer has the support of his family and his community, who are committed to working with him and ensure that he will be well integrated into the daily life when he is released from prison.”

But sarcastic or not, spouting off the plans to commit terrorist actions have consequences, says security analyst Jeff Harp.

“You can’t do that. And if you are in an undercover operation and you want to say that you are going to the damage of the American people, the government will come after you.”

— Jeff Harp, security analyst

“You can’t do that. And if you are in an undercover operation and you want to say that you are going to the damage of the American people, the government will come after you.”

Alhagaggi was scheduled to appear in federal court in San Francisco at 9:30 a.m. Monday. He is facing 33 years in prison if he is convicted.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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