Florida Man Who Posted Bomb-Making Instructions Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
A South Florida man who posted online guides detailing how to build bombs was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on July 18. Tayyab Tahir Ismail (pictured), 34, of Pembroke Pines, distributed these files through a mobile messaging app at least four time between July and September 2018. The documents included step-by-step instructions on how to make bombs and other explosives, which prosecutors said Ismail hoped would lead the use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Ismail joined chat rooms within the social media platform, which ISIS sympathizers and other individuals who supported violent jihad also visited. Ismail also made comments expressing support for ISIS and killing people. He pleaded guilty on February 28 to distributing information pertaining to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. Ismail will serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.
Arizona Man Gets 15 Months for Threatening Harvard’s First Black Commencement
An Arizona man who threatened violence against the first commencement ceremony at Harvard University for black graduates was sentenced to 15 months in prison on July 17. Nicholas Zuckerman, 25, posted hateful comments about the ceremony and its attendees on a social media page of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ivy League institution in May 2017. Zuckerman wrote, “If the blacks only ceremony happens, then I encourage violence and death at it. I’m thinking two automatics with extendo clips.” He proceeded to use a derogatory term for black people. He also used the hashtag “#bombharvard” in additional comments while calling for the school to end its “pro-black agenda.” A citizen reported the post to Harvard University Police, which referred the case to federal authorities, according to prosecutors. Zuckerman was arrested in June 2018 after the FBI tracked him down in the Phoenix area and he admitted posting the threats. He pleaded guilty in February to transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another. Zuckerman also received three years of supervised released. The special commencement ceremony, held to celebrate the accomplishments of black graduates, went on as scheduled with additional law enforcement.
Italian Authorities Seize Missile, Guns, Nazi Paraphernalia From Three Men
An air-to-air missile was among the cache of weapons and Nazi paraphernalia seized by authorities in Italy from a former candidate for political office and two other men. Fabio Del Bergiolo, a 60-year-old who ran for the Italian Senate as a member of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party in 2001; Fabio Bernandi, 51; and Swiss national Alessandro Monti, 42, were arrested on July 12 following an investigation into Italians believed to belong to far-right extremist groups who took part in a Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Bernandi and Monti are accused of trying to sell a French-made Matra air-to-air missile, while Bergiolo served as an intermediary to sell weapons, according to authorities. Police found rifles, pistols, bayonets, firearm parts, and pieces of ammunition in Bergiolo’s home. They also took items that had Nazi symbols. The 11-foot missile, which police said was used by the Qatari army, was discovered in an airport hangar. Investigators are trying to determine how it was brought to Italy.