This story only serves to bolster our belief that Israel is the canary in the coal mine... whatever happens there will eventually happen here if left unchecked. Earlier today, a 22-year-old man who authorities said wanted to commit acts of "violent jihad" against civilians was charged in a plot to set off hand grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall.
Derrick Shareef, who is a Muslim convert, was arrested when he met with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four hand grenades and a handgun. He allegedly plotted to attack over the holidays. Shareef had no accomplices and was not part of a terrorist cell.
Officials said Shareef had been under investigation since September, when he told an acquaintance that "he wanted to commit acts of violent jihad against targets in the United States as well as commit other crimes." The acquaintance immediately informed the FBI.