May 29, 2023

Jihad Comes to Small Town America – Another American ISIS Supporter Arrested

Daniel Seth FraneyThese stories seem to be coming fast and furious now. Whether it’s in San Bernardino, California, Garland, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Michigan or now in Montesano, Washington… terrorist supporting American-Muslims are being uncovered at an alarming pace.

The most recent example of this disturbing trend comes to us from a sleepy little hamlet in Washington state where a former soldier, now fisherman, was recently arrested on weapons charges, but whom the government will likely soon be charging for terror-related crimes as well.

Daniel Seth Franey was arrested at his home in Montesano, Washington this past week, and if the authorities are to be believed, he is an ISIS and Al Qaeda supporting time bomb. Franey is a deserter who ran afoul of the law during a domestic-violence incident. In the aftermath of the domestic violence, he had a protective order placed on him which barred him from possessing a firearm, during the course of an investigation into his activities he was routinely observed in possession or use of firearms.

Law enforcement first became aware of Franey after a witness reported that he’d discussed his support for and desire to fight for ISIS.

Court records indicate Franey came under suspicion of law enforcement in April when a witness went to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office to report that Franey “regularly talked about his support for the … terrorist organization of the Islamic States of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and claimed he wanted to go overseas to ‘join the fight,’ ” according to an affidavit filed by Federal Protective Services Agent Joseph Deaver, a member of the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The complaint says the FBI initiated an investigation, sending in an undercover officer to befriend Franey. The officer reported that Franey described the Islamic State group as the “best people on Earth” and at one point described Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaida and the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a “diamond … a holy warrior. He’s a beautiful man.”

The complaint states that Franey swung between telling the undercover agent that the weapons would be to protect his family and fantasizing about killing U.S. servicemen or attacking a military base. At one point, the complaint says, Franey praised the July attack at military installations in Tennessee in which five servicemen were killed, as was the attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

Franey also told undercover investigators that, “Any government agents that I’m around, I feel the duty to kill. “It’s just not possible for me to have any kind of non-murderous relations with these people.” Finally, in late January Franey agreed to purchase a rifle with which he said he hoped to commit acts of terrorism.

“You know who I’m after — feds, pigs, politicians, bankers, policy makers, think tankers, the whole crew … Anyone who is not furthering the black flag” of ISIS, he told investigators.

Thankfully law enforcement officials became aware of the threat and worked diligently to protect their community and to eliminate the danger, but this story is simply more evidence of what we no know to be true.

Radical Islam has come to small town America.