A national security expert says Ali Muhammad Brown (above), the man accused of killing a Livingston teenager and three other men as retribution for U.S. military action in the Middle East, could eventually be charged with terrorism offenses. (Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)
NEWARK — The man accused of killing a New Jersey teenager and three other men as retribution for U.S. military action in the Middle East could eventually be charged with terrorism offenses, according to a national security expert.
William C. Banks, Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, said that if the details of a confession by Ali Muhammad Brown described in court papers filed in Washington state Wednesday are accurate, he could face additional charges at either the state or federal level.
“If he’s got the motivation that he announced he has, which is to exact revenge for the U.S. killing of Muslims in that part of the world, he’s a terrorist,” Banks said. “It’s a matter of motivation.”