A federal grand jury has indicted Nicholas Michael Teausant for attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization. In recent months, "Assad Teausant bigolsmurf," as he called himself online, discussed his desire to train Syrian fighters, bomb the Los Angeles subway system and launch a civil war that would topple the American government.
Teausant, 20, is a student at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, but Taj Khan, a college board member, told reporters that Teausant was not known to Muslim American students there. Some may have regarded him as an FBI informer.
Teausant was also a member of the National Guard, assigned to the 118th Maintenance Company in Stockton. The Guard recently released Teausant reportedly because he lacked minimum qualifications. The Muslim convert had little military experience but gathered information on bomb making and jihad tactics from the English-language al-Qaida magazine Inspire.