“He was looking at some really horrific stuff, in terms of beheadings and killings, and even more concerning, he was making comments on it, approving how they were doing things,” Waters said.
It was enough for the Joint Terrorism Task Force to dig deeper. The nearly 100-member team in Metro Detroit is made up of federal agents and local police officers. The look into Rayyan’s case created an instant alert.
“He was making statements about wanting to go into a church to kill people, to include women and children,” Waters said. “He talked about running people over with his car. He talked about skinning people alive.”