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South Park critic on terror charge

A man who posted an online warning that the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone risked death by mocking the Prophet Mohammed has been charged with providing support to a Somali terror group.

Zachary Chesser (20) told FBI agents that he twice tried to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab as a fighter.

On the most recent attempt, earlier this month, Chesser brought his infant son with him as he tried to board a flight from New York to Uganda so he would look less suspicious, according to an FBI affidavit.

Chesser was barred from the July 10 flight and told by the Transportation Security Administration that he was on the no-fly list, according to the affidavit.

Although Chesser told the FBI that he had intended on July 10 to join al-Shabab, he told the agency in a July 14 interview that he had changed his mind because of the July 11 bombing in Uganda that killed more than 75 people watching the World Cup. In April, Chesser posted a warning that Trey Parker and Matt Stone could face the same fate as a murdered Dutch film-maker who made a movie about a woman who rejected Mohammed's teachings.

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