Tl;dr a real threat to the region based on a strict interpretation of the prophet’s writings. Not the only available interpretation, but definitely Islamic. Having declared a caliphate, the scripture requires certain elements that will only increase the killings and destruction.
Some useful numbers on the watch industry before the Apple watch appears.
As a sidebar, it explains why there are so many watch shops in Hong Kong: we buy 20% of the world’s watches by value (or did – they are surely mostly for China, and this will drop thanks to the corruption creak down).
It really stinks when a government has to engender terrorist plots to keep us worried. The defendants clearly have some unpleasant views, but don’t seem likely to have acted on them until the confidential informant got involved.