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Chicago Man Arrested for Terrorist Plot

From ABC News:

ABC News has learned a Chicago-area man has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack.


Sources say the man is accused of planning to use firearms and explosives to attack a specific mall in Rockford, Ill. The alleged plan was to target this mall during the holiday shopping season.

The suspect is being described as a "lone wolf" style terrorist and is not believed to have ties to any organized terrorist group.

MSNBC says that the attack was to take place in Rockford, Illinois, and get this piece of information:

The FBI has been aware of the plot and has been monitoring him closely, Williams reported. The plan was allegedly ideologically motivated. No other details were released, but authorities said the arrest eliminated the risk of the attack being carried out.

Ideologically motivated? That could mean virtually anything.

Drudge reports that a press conference is forthcoming.

Hot Air and Stop the ACLU are also following this.

Update: Now we know what the vague term "ideologically motivated"means: the guy wanted to "commit acts of violent jihad." That doesn't sound ideologically motivated to me. It sounds to me like this guy was religiously motivated.

Update II: Drudge has more information on the suspect: he's a 22-year-old Chicago man, Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef. CBS2 Chicago identifies him as Derrick Shareef. He also wanted to use grenades to kill innocent people while they were Christmas shopping with their families:

He was apprehended after meeting with an undercover agent in a Rockford store parking lot to trade a set of stereo speaksers for four hand grenades and a handgun, the U.S. Attorney's office said.


Shareef was charged with one count of count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, authorities said.

Shareef allegedly planned to set off the grenades at the CherryVale Shopping Mall, near Interstate 90 and Interstate 39 on Rockford's east side. The mall has about 130 retail stores and is owned byy a Tennessee-based company, authorities said.

Update: III: The Smoking Gun has the 11 page affidavit

Update IV: Sensible Mom responds to the characterization that Shareef was a "lone wolf" without any ties to terrorists or terrorism:

Although reports suggest that Shareef (He don't like it, Rock the Casbah, Rock the Casbah) was not associated with any terrorist group, I not buying it. What Mosque does he "pray" at? What Islamic "charities" has he donated to? Does he have roomates? Who are his family members associated with? Let's get at least those basic questions answered first.

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Comments (17)

Does "Ideologically Motivat... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Does "Ideologically Motivated" mean what we think it means?

Let me guess, he was an iso... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Let me guess, he was an isolated cell from the 'Broad Strata' terrorist group.

From the early reports, the... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

From the early reports, the suspect is Muslim, but was not associated with any terrorist network.

This is the result of Bush's failed anti-terrorist policy. The policy does not stop the growth of terrorizum, but promotes the growth.

We went from organized terrorist networks to individuals whom are driven to attack us.

There hasn't been ... (Below threshold)
doubled:


There hasn't been a terrorist attack on American soil in 5 years , but 1 crackpot attempts to blow something ip , fails to do so , and Bush's anti-terrorist policies aren't working? Brilliant stream of logic there.

What gets me is that the going rate for a 4 pack of grenades and a hand gun is a set of stereo speakers.

We went from organ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:
We went from organized terrorist networks to individuals whom are driven to attack us.

Yes! It's all Bush's fault!

Individuals never go insane and kill people for misguided ideological beliefs without Bush personally being at fault for it.

"We went from organized ter... (Below threshold)
Darby:

"We went from organized terrorist networks to individuals whom are driven to attack us." -BarneyG2000

I fail to see how this is a bad thing. So instead of hundreds of people organized and platting together, we have a few idiots acting on their own. Anyone who has any degree of common sense will realize that a single person can't accomplish all that much on their own. What's the saying about the blogosphere? You may be smarter than anyone one of us, but you're not smarter than all of us together.

An individual is not infalible. It's much more easy to catch a single person who will make mistakes, than a group of people working together to minimize and catch their own mistakes before it gives them away.

"This is the result of Bush's failed anti-terrorist policy. The policy does not stop the growth of terrorizum(sic), but promotes the growth." -BarneyG2000

That is merely your opinion, where is your proof? That the policy has failed? Are you saying that because Iraq it's not stopping the growth of terrorism? I'd say that the influx of organizers and militants from Iran and Syria would be a cause for it not going that smoothly. I'd say that the Iraqi government isn't moving as fast as it could, would be a cause as well. If what you say is true, why has there been more foiled terrorist plots in the past five years than ever before? Could it be... POSSIBLY, because we're actively watching for them now? Where as in the past we were not? Could it possibly be that because we were not actively seeking out terrorist plots in the past, that we are now seeing what we were blind to before? How's that saying? Just because there is no overt proof of something going on doesn't mean that it isn't. We are seeking plots out and we are finding them. Which we didn't do before, so they were hidden. I suppose that would be proof, to me, that the anti-terrorist policies are indeed working.

Please, Barney, lets use a little common sense, if you even have any.

An individual is not inf... (Below threshold)
Brian:

An individual is not infalible. It's much more easy to catch a single person who will make mistakes, than a group of people working together to minimize and catch their own mistakes before it gives them away.

Hmm, you seem to be supporting a "law enforcement" solution. I seem to recall someone else saying that...

Law inforcement approach fo... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Law inforcement approach for isolated actors probably can work. When they are sponsered by a international network, that's a different can of worms.

Leave it to the Lefties to bring a knife to a gun fight.

Both BarneyG2000 and Dar... (Below threshold)
Tom:

Both BarneyG2000 and Darby have it wrong. This is another example of a nutjob trying very hard to "be somebody". He is not a terrorist and he couldn't find his way out of a phone booth without a doorman. So what are you all afraid of? Is that all it takes - one nutjob with stereo speakers makes you that scared. Please try and control yourselves. So we have not been attacked in 5 yrs, and that is a credit to your preznit? No folks. The people who dislike us are killing our soldiers everyday - they do not need to come here (USA) and kill us. They are making their mark very clearly for the world to see. We have created the largest terror training ground ever to be built. We have caused the numbers of terrorists to increase ten fold - and they all have a classroom (Iraq) to learn in. Reich wingnuts need small "victories" to stay loyal to Bushco. Without the small victories, you just might start thinking that things are not working as you are being told. You may even start thinking that Dumbya doesn't rtegard you at all. he doesn't like you, he doesn't think about you, his actions do not have you in mind at all. Why would your loyalties stay with a person so removed from your lives? Simply because he wants to be your king? This terror attack will not be what it has been sold to be. Please stop drinking the kool-aid.

So, how does one explain th... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

So, how does one explain the thousands of deaths and hundreds of attacks by the islamo-fascists BEFORE the Iraq war? Were the enraged at the mere thought of a possible Bush presidency?

Leave it to the Le... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:
Leave it to the Lefties to bring a knife to a gun fight.

And a dull one at that.

So, how does one explain... (Below threshold)
Tom:

So, how does one explain the thousands of deaths and hundreds of attacks by the islamo-fascists BEFORE the Iraq war? Were the enraged at the mere thought of a possible Bush presidency? Simple Nikkolai - They want us out of their part of the world, and we stay because we are addicted to the oil they sell. Is is actually very simple. If we were self sufficient with regard to energy, we wouldn't be in their sights at all. The lie is that they hate us for our freedoms - that is bullshit. They hate us because we won't leave. Let's start becoming more independent and we will see the situation change.

"They want us out of their ... (Below threshold)
Darby:

"They want us out of their part of the world, and we stay because we are addicted to the oil they sell. Is is actually very simple." -Tom

You're partially right, and so totally wrong at the same time. First, the U.S. doesn't get all that much oil from the mid-east. Mostly from Canada, and South American countries. But I'm sure you already knew that. But for the arguments sake, I'm going to descend to your level for a minute, and assume that we get our oil from the middle east. Countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Last time I checked, outside of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. I don't really see much in way of American troops in the middle east. I haven't really researched it, so I don't know for certain if we have troops elsewhere in the mid-east. By your reasoning we should stop supporting Israel so that Iran can "Wipe it off the face of the map" right? Anyways, I seem to be digressing here. So back to the point I'm going to try to make to you.

Get off middle east Oil? Ok. Lets drill in Alaska, the Gulf, and mine the Shale Oil out of the rockies... Oh wait! Damn, we can't do that. The environmentalists stop that.

Get off middle east oil? Ok. Lets build more nuclear power plants... Oh wait! Damn, we can't do that either. Those pesky environmentalists will stop us again.

Get off middle east oil? Ok. Lets put up fields upon fields of windmills... Oh wait! Damn, those pesky birds kill themselves on them. PETA stops us this time.

Get off middle east oil? Ok. Lets build Solar fields in the Deserts of... Arizona? Hey! That might actually work! I can't think of a solid reason... Oh wait... I forgot, the Sun is only up for what? 10-14 hours a day depending on the time of year. Oh yeah, I forgot, we get rolling brown-outs when it's cloudy out. Damn, that's not viable is it?

Get off middle east oil? Ok. Lets build a "Power Sat". We spend a few billion dollars to develop the technology to put up a satellite that is a solar power generator. We put it in orbit so that it's in the sunlight 24-7, and use Microwaves to "beam" the power back to earth to a receiving station which distributes the power to the power grid... .. . Wow, I think we got a winner here. Do you have a couple of billion dollars to spare? Do you happen to know a government that is willing to invest that kind of money? Do you trust the government to do that kind of thing? Not to mention the danger factor of high energy microwaves being directed at the earth, which would make for a pretty devastating weapon.

I mean it's the activists that are keeping the U.S. of A. relying on middle east oil. The Liberals are the tree hugging, don't eat animals, and save the environment everything else be damned. Liberals are the activists that are preventing us from being energy independent.

Just so you know, I think conservation is important, but there are certain degree's in which you can take conservation. I think the libs take it a little too far.

I know the argument for bio-diesel(sic?). But how long seriously, is it going to be before the environmental activists want to get rid of that?

Hydrogen fuels? Still years away from being an economically viable solution. Battery technology has come a long way in the past 20 years and I'm sure that our scientists are going to evolve that technology even further. But in the mean time we are where we are. If you don't like it. Convince Bill Gates, and all multi-billionaires of the world to develop the new technologies like power satellites and other environmental friendly technologies.

The answers are out there. But the solutions require a complete and total renovation of our society as we know it. The existing bureaucracies resist those kind of fundamental changes in our society.

Damn Darby you made it to s... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Damn Darby you made it to simple for them. They are right now googling like mad to find something to answer you with. Can't wait for their excuses for your well put examples.

"Hmm, you seem to be suppor... (Below threshold)
Darby:

"Hmm, you seem to be supporting a "law enforcement" solution. I seem to recall someone else saying that..." - BarneyG2000

Yes, I support a "law enforcement" solution. But that is merely within our borders, dealing with domestic issues such as this one individual. On the broader scheme of things, when dealing with a group like AQ, or Hamas, or Hezbollah, I'm sorry, but I just can't picture us sending some FBI, or LAPD to bust down the doors and arrest them all in their hide outs in the Middle East.

If we happened to find such a place within the U.S. of A. then yeah, that's the way it would go down. Maybe use some N.G. and some reserve armed forces as backup. But for the most part, I think within our own borders it'd be up to the FBI, HLS, and the local Police SWAT team to take down a terrorist hide out within our own borders.

Where you and I seem to differ in opinion on this subject is how to deal with Terrorists outside the U.S. that are planning attacks within the U.S.

If local(meaning THEIR local) police and intelligence is not capable of dealing with them, we help them, if they don't want the help, we cut them off financially, and completely. If they get real belligerent with us, we kick their ass, and take out the terrorists anyways.

They want us out o... (Below threshold)
marc:
They want us out of their part of the world, and we stay because we are addicted to the oil they sell. Is is actually very simple. If we were self sufficient with regard to energy, we wouldn't be in their sights at all.:: by Tom on December 8, 2006 5:41 PM
I'll bite for the sake of argument:

Take away the small pittence of oil we do get from the Mid-East, somewhere in the area of 8% or less, and what do you have?

As you claim the U.S. would be "self sufficient" at least as far as Mid-East oil goes. But at that point your logic train tumbles off the tracks and huddles down a steep gorge.

At the point of our "self-sufficiency" China, India, to name to two of the biggest users of Mid-East oil, need "help" safe guarding their supply.

China... No navy with the "legs" to do the job of the US in the Arabian Gulf.

India... Possibly could do the job but not for any sustained length of time.

End result? The amount of oil the US pulls out of the Gulf region doesn't make a single wit of difference in our presence there.

You can dream that "self sufficient" tripe all you care to, but in the end oil is a world product and no one has the ability to safe guard it's supply lines like the US.

The US is there in some form til the oil runs out or it's no longer needed.

"The lie is that they hate ... (Below threshold)
pst314:

"The lie is that they hate us for our freedoms - that is bullshit. They hate us because we won't leave."

Just like they want us infidels to leave Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, etc., etc., etc. Yeah, it's all our fault and if only we Knew Our Place and stopped being Uppity, then the Muslim Massa would stop beating on us and the Islamic Klan would become just a social club.




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