Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, was arrested earlier this month and indicted by a Hawaii grand jury on terror charges Friday.
The highly decorated 34-year-old active-duty Army soldier was previously praised for his efforts in combating terrorism in two wars only to turn to the dark side, authorities allege.
The lengthy investigation into Kang's unusual behavior started in 2011, when he began to threaten his fellow Army comrades by "hurting or killing" them, according to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Kang was punished for these threats but not kicked out of the military.
Kang allegedly researched ways on how to torture people, including dumping Drano in the eyes. Thinking to be talking to an ISIS member online, Kang was actually talking to FBI counterterrorism agents, where he began to sympathize with Muslim terrorists and their ideology. The Army had also been conducting their own investigation into Kang's turn of character ever since his comrades reported him arguing for pro-ISIS views.
Most alarmingly, Kang promised to give material support to ISIS such as a drone that would be helpful in determining U.S. tank positions and escape routes on the battlefield, as well as his intentions to fly overseas to train ISIS fighters. Moreover, he stated he wanted to use his rifles and magazines to "kill a bunch of people," according to the affidavit. Kang told undercover agents he believes in the mass killings of Jews and how Hitler was honorable.
He also tried to give sensitive military information to ISIS. Unbeknownst to him at the time, thankfully the receiving ears was the FBI the whole time.
Kang is facing four counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, potentially landing him up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all counts.