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Feds Arrest Man Behind ‘South Park’ Threats

by on July 21, 2010

Newsweek reported the man behind the ‘South Park’ threats has been arrested. 20-year-old Zachary Chesser, the man who allegedly wrote online posts threatening the creators of South Park after the show ran an episode that included the Prophet Muhammad, was arrested in Virginia by federal authorities. Authorities stopped him at a New York airport on July 10 before he made a planned trip to Somalia to allegedly try to join an Islamic militant group. Chesser admitted to using “several online profiles dedicated to extremist jihad propaganda.” One of those profiles was Abu Talha al-Amrikee, the poster who threatened Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. He was reportedly planning to travel from New York to Uganda and then to Somalia, where he would join Al-Shabab, the militant group with ties to Al Qaeda that has claimed responsibility for a pair of coordinated bombings during the World Cup final in the Ugandan capital that killed many of people.

“This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in a press release. “This young man is accused of seeking to join Al-Shabab, a brutal terrorist organization with ties to Al Qaeda. These allegations underscore the need for continued vigilance against homegrown terror threats.”

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