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Texas resident arrested, targeted George W. Bush and others with WMDs

Rumor is that he was Catholic... or perhaps a Tea Party member... maybe even a listener of talk radio.

Or not:

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

The arrest and the criminal complaint, which was unsealed in the Northern District of Texas, were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

Aldawsari is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Lubbock at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning.  Aldawsari, who was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and is enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

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According to the affidavit, Aldawsari conducted research on various targets and e-mailed himself information on these locations and people.   One of the documents he sent himself, with the subject line listed as "Targets," allegedly contained the names and home addresses of three American citizens who had previously served in the U.S. military and had been stationed for a time at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

 In another e-mail titled "NICE TARGETS 01," Aldawsari allegedly sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California.  In another e-mail to himself, titled "NICE TARGETS," he listed two categories of targets: hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants.  On Feb. 6, 2011, the affidavit alleges, Aldawsari sent himself an e-mail titled "Tyrant's House," in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush.  The affidavit also alleges that Aldawsari conducted research that could indicate his consideration of the use of infant dolls to conceal explosives and possible targeting of a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.

I'm sure that Sarah Palin's violent rhetoric had something to do with this.


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My favorite saying from the... (Below threshold)
Charlie Quidnunc:

My favorite saying from the Iraq COIN leadership, when talking about the terrorists they were able to detain, was We only catch the dumb ones. This guy emailed himself information on explosives. Email is as secure and private as a post card. Why didn't he just hold up a Stupid sign?

Bush's fault!... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Bush's fault!

"I'm sure that Sarah Palin'... (Below threshold)

"I'm sure that Sarah Palin's violent rhetoric had something to do with this."

And obviously, radical Islam was in no way involved.

"And obviously, radical Isl... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"And obviously, radical Islam was in no way involved."

Since you mentioned that, I looked at the linked article. Nope, no mention at all of islam in any way. But per the article, explaining what they found in his notebook/diary.....

"One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United State and helped him financially, which he said “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad.” The entry continues: “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”


The ACLU will soon be all o... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The ACLU will soon be all over this, complaining that we are depriving this young man of his Right to Assembly (of bombs), of Speech (death to infidels!), and of Religion (of peace).

I guess Allah wasn't willin... (Below threshold)
Roy:

I guess Allah wasn't willing. Again. Glad he keeps picking the dumber ones.

feckin radical Druids......... (Below threshold)
firefirefire:

feckin radical Druids......

...it really is almost like... (Below threshold)
JustRuss :

...it really is almost like he was TRYING to get caught. I'm sure that will be his defense in court, he was just testing the system and never had any intent to actually carry out his plans.

"In another e-mail titled "... (Below threshold)
Sarah the Impaler:

"In another e-mail titled "NICE TARGETS 01," Aldawsari allegedly sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. In another e-mail to himself, titled "NICE TARGETS," he listed two categories of targets: hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants. On Feb. 6, 2011, the affidavit alleges"


The dems, "I hate Bush!!' Green energy and Islam have a lot in common.


This wouldn't have happened... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

This wouldn't have happened if we had high speed rail.

Yeah, he'd have been figuri... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Yeah, he'd have been figuring some way to get a steel wedge welded onto the line with nobody noticing, to derail something going 150 MPH.

You think Sarah Palin's vi... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

You think Sarah Palin's violent rhetoric, Rick, while I think withdrawal symptoms. After Friday night prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca a sad selection of hardened criminals, (you know, office pen lifters, farters during prayers etc.,) are led out to the forecourt for an appointment with non- Jihadal destiny. And at each swish, and the dull thwack of the righteous sword, the thousands of very keen onlookers of the 'faith immaculate' send up their grateful praise to paradise...Allahu Ahkbah, (and chorus)! Oh, how warmly reasuring this must have been to young Khalid Ali, this blessed oneness of purpose on a warm Saudi summer's eve surrounded on all sides by the faithful. Nothing quite like in Texas ya know...Although myself, I much prefer tea and buscuits with the ladies auxhiliary after Services with my lot. Not so much blood on yeh shoes ya know!

Please ask yourself if you ... (Below threshold)
dunce:

Please ask yourself if you were the sole authority, how many visas would you issue to muslims? If more than zero , why?

Speaking of WMD's, where is... (Below threshold)
914:

Speaking of WMD's, where is Barry today? Thought he would have arranged a beer summit with the good Kernel by now?

Another site for dumber-tha... (Below threshold)
Phuk Yew:

Another site for dumber-than-decomposed-horseshit right-wing troglodytes.




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