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In counterterrorism, patience can either be deadly or its own reward. In the case of Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a 21-year old New Yorker from Staten Island, it has proven to be a virtue.

The New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation watched Shehadeh, born in the USA to parents of Palestinian origin, for two solid years, meeting with him on several occasions, before arresting him in Honolulu on Friday and charging him with multiple counts of lying to the FBI, punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Though he is legally innocent ‘til proven otherwise, Shehadeh appears to be an archetypal wanna-be, home-grown jihadist. Though the complaint does not discuss the source of his radicalization, Shehadeh apparently grew increasingly angry after a traffic accident in 1997. Contemplating the emptiness of his young life, he quickly gravitated to extremist interpretations of his Muslim faith.

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