Trial Set for March 16 for Man Who Made Terrorist Threats on Facebook

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Trial begins later this month for a Virginia man who wrote on Facebook that he planned to blow up the D.C. area subway system, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The paper’s Bruce Alpert reports that the trial against Awais Younis,25, will only deal with the threats he made against the Louisiana woman who turned him, and not the actual threats he posted on Facebook. The trial is set for March 16 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

Alpert wrote that “the decision not to charge Younis with terrorist-related charges might indicate that either the Justice Department didn’t find evidence he was serious about his threats against the Washington subway and sewer system, or that he was incapable of carrying them out.”

The paper reported that authorities charged that an informant contacted the New Orleans FBI on Nov. 28 and said during a chat on Facebook that Younis discussed building pipe bombs and detonating them on the subway cars.

Once the FBI began looking into the matter, the defendant made threats against the informant and her father during a Facebook chat, the paper reported.

“Bitch, I know what you are up too and you better stop if you know what is good for you!!!!…that is the problem with americans they cant leave well enough alone until something happends then they sit there wondering why we dropped the twin towers like a bad habit hahaha,” was his message, according to the paper.

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