A 21-year-old Orange County, California, resident was indicted for allegedly trying to assist a dangerous and destructive Islamic terrorist group that has perpetrated the most heinous crimes imaginable, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin on Wednesday:
“Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura of the Central District of California and Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office announced today that an Orange County, California, man who attempted to travel to Syria last year has been indicted on a series of federal offenses, including attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [aka ISIS].
“Adam Dandach, 21, of Orange, California, was named in a superseding indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, California. Dandach, a U.S. citizen, also known as ‘Fadi Fadi Dandach,’ is charged in the indictment with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization; two counts of making a false statement on a passport application that was obtained in order to facilitate international terrorism; and one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to destroy records after his arrest last July.”
Dandach was detained as both a flight risk and a danger to society following his arrest at the John Wayne Airport while on his way to Turkey and then to Syria to fight alongside ISIS terrorists, according to court documents.
The homegrown jihadist appeared in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana and his not guilty plea was entered into the court record. He was charged with one count of making a false statement on a passport application which is a felony and one count of use of passport obtained through a false statement, according to Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office
As occurs in many organized crime and terrorism cases, there may be additional charges in the case against Dandach, a 2012 graduate of El Modena High School in Orange, who was taken into custody on July 3 in Anaheim.
After being apprehended by FBI agents at the airport, Dandach allegedly admitted that he was on his way to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a group formerly calling itself al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII) breakaway group that created havoc in Iraq following the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011. The FBI claims he told the agents that he believed the killings of U.S. soldiers are justified killings.
Dandach was indicted Wednesday on the two felony counts. He had applied for an expedited U.S. passport on June 17, saying he needed to replace a passport issued in December 2013. He allegedly wrote that he had accidentally thrown his passport away. If convicted of all the charges, Dandach faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for the material support charge, up to 25 years for each of the two passport fraud charges, and a statutory maximum of 25 years for an obstruction of justice offense.
According to government officials and counterterrorism experts, dozens of Americans have traveled overseas to wage jihad as part of groups such as ISIS, Al Shabaab in Somalia and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. There are an estimated 100 Americans, almost all of them young men, but there are cases of young women, some as young as 16-years-old who have left the United States to serve the ISIS fighters.
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. This article originally appeared in the Examiner and is reprinted by permission of the author.