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California National Guard Soldier, a Muslim convert, arrested for terrorism
California National Guard Soldier, a Muslim convert, arrested for terrorismBorder Patrol, released photo

With news that a Seattle television helicopter went down in a ball of flames near the Space Needle this morning, it’s unlikely that the arrest of a Muslim extremist a few miles north of the city will get much press.

Monday, March 17, U.S. and Canadian border authorities confirmed that Nicholas Teausant, 20, a California National Guard Soldier was removed from a northbound coach on his way to Canada.

He reportedly had plans to make his way to Syria, join Al Qaeda and fight alongside Islamic extremists in the four-year-long Syrian civil war.

Border Patrol agents say Teausant was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. It was unknown if there were other charges although he had made threats about bombing the subway system in Los Angeles.

Teausant is reportedly a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, Calif. He enlisted in the California National Guard in 2012 but had not completed basic training due to his lack of “basic academic requirements”. He was in the process of being discharged.

CBS reports that Teausant made his Islamic connection with terrorist groups online and discussed his long-term plans with a paid FBI informant.

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