A Phoenix man who has been accused of planning ISIS-inspired terror attack  was released on bail. Derrick Thompson, 30, was released on March 14 after posting a $75,000 bond. He was accused of a plot to conduct “lone wolf” attacks inspired by the terrorist Islamic State. The bond was reduced from $100,000.
 
Thompson is required to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his release.
 
Also known as Abu Talib al-Amriki, Thompson pleaded not guilty to charges of assisting a criminal syndicate, attempting to commit misconduct involving weapons, and inciting or inducing a criminal syndicate in January. Thompson tried to buy a semi-automatic weapon online in January 2015. However, the the seller sold the gun to another party. Thompson was not in Phoenix at the time.
 
Filed in a state court, a probable cause statement declared that Thompson attempted to buy a gun “with the intent to use that weapon to promote or further the objectives of a criminal syndicate.” Because he had a previous felony conviction, Thompson was not legally permitted to purchase a gu. Thompson had postings online starting in July 2014 in support of ISIS, as well as “hundreds” of Google searches for weapons.
 
Court documents declared him an “avowed jihadist” following numerous contacts with websites controlled by ISIS. He had reportedly posted on his Google Plus account in October, “We need to get down with this ISIS S***.”
 
Thompson is due in court in April. If he fails to attend, a bench warrant will be issued to pick him up.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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