There are apparently many people living in America who do not like freedom, liberty, and independence. We often hear individuals complain about the “limits” of our constitutional law and the “evilness” of America. Maybe they should have the opportunity to visit with Mohimanul Alam Bhuiya.
Bhuiya, a Muslim, is a privileged American who was blessed to attend Columbia University but never graduated. He seemed to have everything going right in his life before he “became deeply interested in the Islamic State.” He spent so much time on the Internet researching the Islamic State that the Joint Terrorism Task Force visited him in New York. They wanted to know why he was so interested, but he reassured them that he did not have the money to travel to Syria and had no idea what he would do there if he did go. He flew to Istanbul a few days later, went to Syria, and joined the Islamic State.
A few months later Bhuiya had seen all of the evil that he wanted to see and sent an email to the FBI requesting rescue. Before the FBI could verify his identity, Bhuiya escaped into Turkey and went to the U.S. consulate. He was promptly arrested upon his return to the USA and “charged with providing material support and receiving military training from the Islamic State.” He pleaded guilty to both charges in November 2014 and faces up to 25 years in prison. He will not be sentenced until “his cooperation is complete.”
Bhuiya was with ISIS for four months. He wanted out of the organization because he could see “madness” in their eyes. He was not acquainted with the type of Islam practiced by ISIS and wanted no part of the “evil.”
Maybe there is a way that the United States could use Bhuiya’s experience with other Americans who think they want to join ISIS. Could his personal story as a motivational speaker help other young men and women see clear enough to reconsider their plans to join ISIS? Someone needs to give them the truth. Could that someone be Bhuiya?