Thomas Osadzinski Biography
Osadzinski was born in Park Ridge, Illinois. Osadzinski is a University Student. He accused to support to ISIS by designing a computer script that would make it easier for the terror group to access and share propaganda on a social media platform.
Thomas Osadzinski Education
Osadzinkski is scheduled to graduate from DePaul University in 2021 with degrees in computer science and software development, according to his Linkedin profile. He has been studying there since 2017.
Thomas Osadzinski Career
He worked as a sales associate in the electronics department of Target on a part-time basis from October 2015 to December 2017 at its Glenview store, he wrote on Linkedin. He also spent time working as a software tester at Cylance Inc. as a contractor from March 2019 to April 2019. And he has worked part-time in information technology at DePaul since September 2019, according to his Linkedin profile. DePaul has not commented about his arrest.
ISIS Propaganda Helper
Thomas Osadzinski, a student at DePaul University who lives in the city’s northside neighborhood of Buena Park, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization — a charge punishable by up to 20 years.
Thomas Osadzinski Trial
Osadzinski appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole in Chicago Tuesday and was ordered held without bond.
According to the complaint, Osadzinski designed a process that uses a computer script to make ISIS propaganda easier to access and disseminate on a social media platform, bypassing preventive code which routinely removes ISIS content due to the violent nature of the materials.
Osadzinski sent photos of an ISIS flag and an ISIS propaganda poster to undercover agents, according to court documents. He sent a photo of the poster on his apartment bedroom wall via Telegram and wrote that he had printed off the poster at the DePaul University library.
He also sent an undercover FBI employee a photo of an ISIS flag that the FBI says was taken in his apartment. The flag can be seen in front of an open laptop computer.
On November 2, 2019, Osadzinski sent the undercover FBI employee another photo of an ISIS flag with a handwritten note on it saying, “I renew my pledge to Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi, in the land of America.”
Al-Qurashi was named as the new leader of ISIS after the October 2019 death of its previous leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Thomas Osadzinski is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday, November 22. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, prosecutors say.