Last month, the Department of Justice quietly announced the arrest of Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, who was, according to the FBI, planning an ISIS-inspired attack on a church in Pittsburgh.

Alowemer’s arrest didn’t get much attention nationally the way it most certainly would have had he succeeded in his plan to blow up the Legacy International Worship Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side. But it nonetheless merits our attention.

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