WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – US officials said Wednesday that a
native Israeli woman living in Wisconsin coached potential Islamic State
attackers on how to cook up ricin and kept a library of books on making
bombs, poisons and suicide vests.
The Justice Department charged Waheba Issa Dais with attempting to provide
material support to Islamic State after arresting the 45 year old divorcee in
Cudahy, Wisconsin on Wednesday.
She was said to be the first person in six months to be arrested on charges
of supporting a violent jihadist group.
Dais, a legal US resident since 1992, used a number of social media
accounts, including accounts hijacked from others, to promote the Islamic
State group and facilitate recruitment, according to an indictment.
She maintained a digital “library of instructions on how to make bombs,
biological weapons, poisons and suicide vests” to assist Islamic State
supporters in plotting attacks.
She encouraged one person, apparently a law enforcement informant, on how
to make the poison ricin and “suggested the individual introduce the ricin to
a government post or water reservoirs,” it said.
She also allegedly suggested targets for bomb attacks including street
festivals and other summer celebrations.