ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The 25-year-old man who was charged in federal court with plotting an Islamist-inspired attack in Florida also recorded several videos of his views and posted them online.
The videos featuring Sami Osmakec are circulating online since his arrest Monday. Authorities say Osmakec was plotting to attack Tampa-area nightclubs and a sheriff's office with bombs and an assault rifle to avenge wrongs done to Muslims.
In the videos, Osmakec rails against Christians, Jews and Western living. The videos appear to have been filmed around downtown Tampa.
A spokesman from the Tampa office from the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday that Osmakec did not appear to know much about the Koran's teaching. CAIR and federal authorities say the area's Muslim community helped law enforcement with information about Osmakec's militant views.