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19-year-old Jordanian arrested in Dallas bomb plot

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  1. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    He said he wanted to attack on 9-11, but chose to wait until Ramadan was finished. :rolleyes:

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6636003.html

    19-year-old Jordanian arrested in Dallas bomb plot
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Sept. 24, 2009, 7:29PM

    DALLAS - A 19-year-old Jordanian was arrested on Thursday on charges he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper, federal officials said.

    Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested after allegedly placing what he believed to be a car bomb outside the 60-story Fountain Place office tower on Thursday, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas. The decoy device was given to him by an undercover FBI agent, the statement said.

    Smadi is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Federal officials said the case has no connection with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York or the Thursday arrest of a man facing the same charge in Springfield, Ill.

    Smadi was in federal custody in Dallas without bail, said Special Agent Mark White, spokesman for the Dallas FBI office. Legal representation is usually addressed at initial court appearances like the one scheduled for Smadi on Friday, White said.

    The case is unrelated to that against Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old shuttle driver at the Denver airport indicted in New York on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. It was also unrelated to the case against Michael Finton, who was accused of planning to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, Ill, White said.

    White declined to comment on the specifics of the Dallas case.

    The FBI has been monitoring Smadi, who lived in the small North Texas town of Italy, and an undercover agent discovered him in an online group of extremists, according to an FBI affidavit that did not specify a date.

    “He stood out based on his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the United States,” FBI supervisory special agent Thomas Petrowski wrote in the affidavit.

    Three undercover agents who are native Arabic speakers eventually communicated and met with Smadi over several months, posing as members of an al-Qaida sleeper cell, according to the court documents. They allege he discussed targeting military recruiting centers, credit card companies, the airport or an armory before settling on a building containing a bank branch.

    Smadi also allegedly said he wanted to attack on Sept. 11 but chose to wait until after Ramadan.

    Agents provided Smadi with what he believed was a car bomb but was actually an inert device, according to Petrowski's affidavit.

    Smadi drove to Dallas on Thursday, met one of the undercover agents and then drove to the targeted building, the FBI agent wrote. Smadi then allegedly drove a vehicle with the device inside into the parking garage beneath the building, parked it and attempted to detonate the bomb by setting the device's timer and flipping its power switch.

    Smadi met again with the undercover agent, who drove several blocks away, and Smadi dialed a cell phone he was led to believe would detonate the car bomb, according to the affidavit.
     
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    via TPM --

    Beware the Fake Car Bombs

    David Kurtz | September 24, 2009, 8:08PM

    The FBI has made two arrests in the last 48 hours in separate undercover operations in which would-be bombers were given fake explosives which they proceeded to try to detonate near major buildings. Below are excerpts from FBI press releases.

    Springfield, Il.:

    Dallas, Texas:

    In both cases, the FBI said there was no connection to the alleged terror plot in New York and Colorado, though I wonder if they didn't bring these cases to conclusion as a result of the widespread coverage of the NYC investigation, which was apparently terminated prematurely because an alleged misstep by the NYPD tipped off the target.
     
  3. Ari

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    These guys tend to be eager and stupid. The FBI has applied these tactics over and over again, it baffles the mind that these guys would actually fall for it. Good riddance, hopefully we can take a few more off our streets.
     
  4. YallMean

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    Factual impossibility?
     
  5. MadMax

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    Know a guy who works in that building. He had no idea all day long this was going on....read the story during the day at one point. Scary crap.

    Nothing like using a religious holiday as a springboard to blow crap up.
     
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    Does this guy work for the FBI now?

    On a serious note, I'm glad these people are off the streets now. Crazy think someone so hateful lives so close to us. He really thought he was going to blow up a building in Dallas today :eek:
     
  7. Air Langhi

    Air Langhi Contributing Member

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    LOL that is exactly what I was thinking. They should have taped this stuff.
     
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    That would be some funny stuff. Set it up just like catch a predator and you got TV gold :)
     
  9. Faos

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    I commend the FBI and those that have been able to catch these potential terrorists lately. I hope they can keep it up.
     
  10. BetterThanEver

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    It's good that we have been protected by 9/11 style attacks.

    The predictions of Obama making America more vulnerable to 9/11 terrorist type attacks, because of lefties drinking the kool-aid have been untrue. We survived 9/11 without incident.
     
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    We got these guys without torture. Way to go America!
     
  12. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Why live in America if you hate it so much?

    DD
     
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    You cannot say that with 100% certainty. How did we find out about the chat rooms?
     
  14. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost not wrong
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    Always good to have whack jobs like that unable to do harm, but I have to wonder from a legal standpoint if what the FBI did in his case is considered entrapment.
     
  15. Air Langhi

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    If to catch a predator isn't I don't see how this is.
     
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    If that's entrapment, then I'm all for it. Lock that piece of **** up and throw away the key.
     
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    ummm...cause they are hypocrites?
     
  18. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost not wrong
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    If we end up trampling all over our laws put in place to protect you and me from our government, then I'd say that is a victory for our enemies.
     
  19. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost not wrong
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    TCAP never really shows you the ins and outs of how they get those guys.

    I'm pretty sure they're very careful about what they say to avoid that.
     
  20. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    I suppose that's a true statement, but it has nothing to do with anything that has gone on here.

    In a similarly profound statement, if we had surrenered to Japan in WWII, then that would have been a victory for them.
     

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