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Salisbury man receives 20 years for supporting ISIS

Posted May 13, 2015

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— A 44-year-old Salisbury man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Wednesday for supporting ISIS, a decision he said was based on the United States’ efforts to eradicate radical Islamic groups.

Donald Ray Morgan pleaded guilty in October 2014 to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possession of a firearm by a felon. Morgan attempted to travel from Lebanon to Syria to join ISIS and used social media to express his support for the terrorist group, authorities said. He was arrested last August at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for possession of a firearm by a felon.

“Donald Ray Morgan proved himself to be a threat to national security,” John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Charlotte office, said in a statement. “He traveled overseas with intentions to join the violent terrorist group, ISIL in Syria. One of the FBI’s highest priorities is to stop American citizens who support terrorist organizations and ensure they are held accountable for their actions.”

In a handwritten statement to WRAL, Morgan, who identifies himself as Nasser Abdul Raheem, blames the federal government for his actions.

“Ironically, you are the best ‘recruiter’ for jihad,” he wrote. “Your terrorism, foreign policies, drone attacks, propaganda and killing of innocent Muslims invoke the most passive, moderate Muslim to take action.”

Morgan also said he will continue supporting ISIS.

“I pledge my life to establishing and defending the Islamic State, fighting for the cause of Allah and defending Muslims,” he wrote. “I will do this from any place on earth, including this prison cell.”

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  • Louis St.Lewis May 14, 2015
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    Jefferson certainly wasn't senile when he wrote our Declaration of Independence, co-authored our Constitution ( with no mention of a deity or christianity whatsoever) or when he founded UVA and decreed that there would NOT be any theology department allowed on the campus. I think I'll cast my lot with our Constitution's author who intended our nation to be completely SECULAR, and not the religious zealots who came after him.

  • Tom Alciere May 14, 2015
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    If a local police department's mission includes physically stopping a suicide attempt in progress, the police department could expand a little on that mission by teaching people the detective signs of suicide risk (but not how to diagnose depression). If the mission of the Secret Service includes detecting counterfeit money, they could expand a little on that by teaching people how to detect counterfeit money. If FBI's mission is to stop persons from joining ISIS, they might have a little leeway for teaching people how to spot the danger signs that somebody might try to join ISIS but under no circumstances should they make imams and Islamic centers into puppets of FBI. If that sect teaches handle the situation yourself without involving law enforcement, that's what that sect should do, and if that sect teaches to call the cops, then that sect should call the cops. Under no circumstances should they learn from FBI how to teach that the Quran and Hadith say not to join ISIS.

  • Tom Alciere May 14, 2015
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    Let's see now, a guy who lives in the United States has to go to Asia to fight a war against the United States. Ok-a-a-a-y.

  • Mark Farmer May 14, 2015
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    I seen a documentary that during that time, a virgin birth meant a young woman gave birth.

  • Louis St.Lewis May 14, 2015
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    Jefferson cut each and every miracle from his Jefferson Bible, along with the resurrection and Mary's purported virginity. The Declaration of Independence mentions " Nature's God", NOT a "christian" "god". Clearly Jefferson intended "Nature's God," not to refer to the personal god of superstitious Christianity, but of a physical god of nature, the laws of physics-- Nature's God. In 1809 Jefferson wrote, "Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight." Clearly Jefferson thought of Nature as God. "Question with boldness even the existence of a"god" for if there be one, they must honor more the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." T. Jefferson

  • Daniel Corell May 13, 2015
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    Political leaders on the right and the left claimed for years he had WMD's.

    But again, this is not a new development. The middle east has been fighting longer than there has been a United States.

  • Michael Hunt May 13, 2015
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    And people have a problem of the government "spying" on us... Sheesh... If there were no huge teams of people watching out and baiting people like this we'd be in for a huge surprise.

  • Belinda Warrick May 13, 2015
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    If you don't like America then simply leave and defect to your choice of terrorist controlled soil. Christianity is not an Abrahamic religion. It is the teachings of Jesus Christ that he got straight from God. The old testament is still part of our Bible because we choose not to forget or hide our past. We can still learn from it. Jesus's teachings override anything before him. If you don't like our Christian founded United States of America then by all means leave but be sure to defect and give up your citizenship and rights as an American. So if you choose to stay here then it should be known that you like it here and agree with most Americans and against Islamic terrorism. To the terrorists I say to you that if the sympathizers do not leave America and defect to you then they are not really with you but using you for their own selfish reasons. Now let's see how many people really leave the country they so detest.

  • Hondo Creech May 13, 2015
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    One of the main reasons we invaded Iraq during the 2nd Gulf War was because we were told Saddam was building WMDs. This proved false after we invaded and investigated. The article you are referring to revealed that US military personnel found obsolete Chemical Weapons from the Iran-Iraq war circa 1980s.

  • Daniel Corell May 13, 2015
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    When has there ever been peace in the middle east? Oh, right.....never. This is not a "new development". They have been fighting each other long before there ever was a United States.

    Don't try and say this is all our fault. FYI, a scud missile with a toxic warhead able to kill 60K people is a WMD. Saddam had those and was using them. Be thankful he didn't have anything nuclear.

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