Trump’s first terror arrest: A broke stoner the FBI threatened at knifepoint

Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

“The Department of Justice proudly announced the first FBI terror arrest of the the Trump administration on Tuesday: An elaborate sting operation that snared a 25-year old Missouri man who had no terrorism contacts besides the two undercover FBI agents who paid him to buy hardware supplies they said was for a bomb — and who at one point pulled a knife on him and threatened his family. Robert Lorenzo Hester of Columbia, Missouri, didn’t have the $20 he needed to buy the 9-volt batteries, duct tape, and roofing nails his new FBI friends wanted him to get, so they gave him the money. … One of the social media posts that initially caught the FBI’s attention referred to a group called ‘The Lion Guard.’ Hester told one of the undercover agents the name came from ‘a cartoon my children watch.’ But according to the DOJ press release, Hester had plans to conduct an ‘ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack’ on President’s Day that would have resulted in mass casualties had it succeeded.” (02/22/17)