Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, an Army sergeant first class at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, has been charged with four counts of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
“The indictment and an earlier criminal complaint allege that Kang met with undercover agents of the FBI whom he believed to be affiliated with ISIS and provided military information, some of which was classified at the SECRET level,” Breaking 911 reported.
Kang, who won multiple medals for his time in the service, including the “Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,” is charged for attempting to provide equipment to ISIS through undercover agents, such as a drone, and combat technique instructions and weapons training.
On July 8, 2017, Kang allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after which Kang told an undercover agent that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people.”
Heavy reported that the affidavit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii shows Kang made threatening statements as far back as 2011. Kang was also reprimanded on several occasions for threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views.
According to the affidavit, in March 2017, Kang told a Confidential Human Source or CHS 1 that he had been conducting research on YouTube about the most effective ways to torture people.
“Kang added that he was still angry at a civilian who had taken away his air traffic controller’s license, and that he wanted to torture him. Kang said that if he ever saw him again, he would tie him down and pour Drano in his eyes,” the affidavit reads.
Also in March 2017, Kang told CHS 1 that the Orlando night club shooter, Omar Mateen, did what he had to do and that America is the only terrorist organization in the world. Later that month, Kang said Hitler was right and that he, too, believed in the mass killing of Jews.
Breaking 911 reports that Kang faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted, and up to a $250,000 fine for each count.