Friday, June 15, 2018

U.S. Permanent Resident Waheba Issa Dais From Israel Charged With Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS

Dais attempted to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to ISIS, by promoting an ISIS's agenda.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 15, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Waheba Issa Dais, 45, originally of Israel and a U.S. legal permanent resident residing in Cudahy, Wisconsin, was taken into custody by the FBI and charged in a federal criminal complaint. Dais was charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Milwaukee.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo of the FBI's Milwaukee Division provided information and details of the indictment filed against Dais.
According to the criminal complaint, beginning in at least January, Dais attempted to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to ISIS, by promoting ISIS's agenda, facilitating recruitment and maintaining a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, poisons and suicide vests to assist self-proclaimed ISIS members and supporters in their attack planning.  Dais used multiple social media accounts that she hacked and took over from unwitting victims and private social media platforms to provide and facilitate her support.  Dais used one of her pro-ISIS accounts to encourage an individual, whom she believed to be an ISIS supporter, to conduct an attack in the name of ISIS.  She provided detailed instructions on how to make Ricin and then suggested the individual introduce the Ricin to a government post or water reservoirs.  In another post, she suggested potential targets for bombing attacks, including street festivals and celebrations in the summer.
Dais appeared before a federal magistrate judge on the charges on June 13, the same day she was arrested.
Dais is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years on a federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00, if convicted. Dais's U.S. Permanent Resident status will be revoked upon conviction and will be deported after serving her sentence.
This case was investigated by the FBI Milwaukee Division's Joint Terrorism Task Force.  The government's is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, with assistance from Trial Attorney Jolie F. Zimmerman of the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section.

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