WI Woman Pleads Guilty to Plotting Terror Attacks & Other Terror Charges

Waheba Issa Dais (Courtesy of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department)
Waheba Issa Dais hacked various social media accounts, posting fake names and photos, to promote ISIS and provide information on launching terrorist attacks using explosive belts, and in one posting discussed how to introduce ricin, a deadly poison, into water reservoirs in the U.S..(Courtesy of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department)

Waheba Issa Dais, 46, of Wisconsin, has pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), based upon her conduct in support of the terrorist organization in 2018.

According to admissions made in connection with her plea, Dais used hacked Facebook accounts in order to support ISIS.

She pledged her allegiance to ISIS on numerous occasions, and using these accounts, communicated with and encouraged other ISIS supporters who described their plans to conduct attacks, disseminated information about explosives and biological weapons, and attempted to recruit new members to ISIS’s cause.

(Federal prosecutors held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the case of Waheba Issa Dais. Courtesy of WISN 12 News and YouTube. Posted on Apr 22, 2019.)

Furthermore, Dais posted videos providing step-by-step instructions on how to make an explosive belt and TNT, and she provided a detailed recipe for the poison Ricin.

Dais also maintained encrypted social-media channels, where she posted messages encouraging ISIS supporters who could not travel to ISIS-controlled lands to conduct terrorist attacks in their home countries.

Through those encrypted channels, she also provided detailed information about explosives, guns, attack planning, and target selection.

(Waheba Issa Dais, a Cudagy mother, pleads guilty to helping ISIS. Courtesy of TODAY’S TMJ4 and YouTube. Posted on Apr 22, 2019.)

Dais faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a maximum life term of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000.  Her sentencing is set for Sept. 12, 2019 before Judge Pamela Pepper.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Acting Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office announced the plea.


This conviction is the result of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Milwaukee Field Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca Taibleson and Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division.