Robert Blake Jackson
Source: Santa Rosa County, Florida Jail
On July 29, 2016, we posted on a Pensacola Muslim convert, Robert Blake Jackson, who made false statements to the FBI about his support for ISIS, “Pensacola ISIS Supporter Caught in Social Media Lies arrested by the FBI.” Yesterday’s Pensacola News Journal, updated the story about Jackson’s plea bargain entered with the US attorney, “Alleged ISIS supporter enters plea.” Notice that back in January 2016, Jackson was caught red-handed by his telemarketing company employer viewing ISIS websites. The matter was referred to the FBI. Another example of citizens responding to the “See Something, Do Something” warning by local law enforcement authorities. Recent evidence of that in both New York and New Jersey led to the apprehension of New York bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Here’s the update:
Robert Blake Jackson, 31, was charged with making materially false statements in a federal investigation. According to court documents, Jackson denied posting comments, photos and videos expressing support for extremist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on his Facebook page under the alias Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson. In January 2015, a Pensacola telemarketing corporation reported they fired Jackson for viewing ISIA-related and other terrorist-related websites and videos on his work computer.
In June 2015, during an interview with the FBI, Jackson stated that he never posted any pro-ISIL or violent content and that he only used the internet at work to search news sites. At his plea hearing, Jackson admitted that these statements were false, the release said.
Jackson faces a maximum of five years in prison. Jackson is currently in federal custody at Santa Rosa County Jail. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the other members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case, with the assistance of David Cora of the National Security Division. Jackson was represented by Thomas Keith, according to court records.