As federal prosecutors prepare a grand jury indictment, and 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant prepares for a long bus ride back to Sacramento from the far northern border of Washington, FOX40 is exploring the next steps in the case he’s facing.
Teausant was arrested early Monday, at the Canadian border. The FBI says he was headed to Vancover and ultimately Syria, where he intended to fight for Al Queda in Iraq.
But as an Army National Guardsman, even a poor one, Nicholas Teausant would have to had to take an oath:
“‘To protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America and the State of California.’ I’ve taken it,” former United States Attorney McGregor Scott said.
Scott has seen how the Federal Government pursues an American suspected of collaborating with terrorists. He says that with lots of involvement in Teausant’s case by undercover FBI officers and informants, it may look like an entrapment defense would be an obvious choice for Teausant. But usually, he says that doesn’t fly.
“They undertake investigations with that concept in mind, and ensure the actions taken relative to the target do not cross that threshold,” Scott said.
The FBI is also aware that we in the press will follow this story closely, and you will be watching. They hope a bust like this will resonate: and scare other potential Al Queda supporters in American away from breaking the law.