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Terrorism in my backyard

Not literally, but pretty freaking close. Yesterday, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested by the FBI here in Dallas. Today he was charged with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction.

The FBI sting culminated in Thursday's arrest after Smadi parked a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, supplied by the FBI, in the garage of the emerald-green glass office tower that is home to many businesses, including a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office.

Inside the SUV was a fake bomb, designed to appear similar to one used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Authorities say Smadi thought he could detonate it with a cellphone. After parking the vehicle, he got into another vehicle with one of the agents, and they drove several blocks away.

An agent offered Smadi earplugs, but he declined, "indicating that he wanted to hear the blast," authorities said. He then dialed the phone, thinking it would trigger the bomb, authorities said. Instead, the agents took him into custody.

How funny would it have been if they convinced him to go the martyr route then, when he pressed the detonator, agents popped out of the bomb like an over-sized bachelor party cake with confetti flying everywhere?

Anyway, kudos to the FBI for a well executed sting. I've been in that building a couple of times, but live and work miles away - so I doubt I'd have even heard the blast. Funny, when it comes to terrorism I always figured Dallas would be pretty low on the list of targets. No really iconic landmarks, it's not like many folks outside of Dallas know Fountain Place, nothing you don't see in any other big city. Downtown is really pretty small compared to Houston or even San Antonio.

I reckon we do have a Federal Reserve Bank, though, and a big ass international airport. Pretty vibrant immigrant community as well. Obviously, it could happen here.

Naturally, his father has well rehearsed the al Qaeda field manual:

In Jordan, Smadi's father told Agence France-Presse, the French news service, that his son was innocent and the accusation against him was "fabricated."

"The charges are false," said Maher Hussein Smadi, a ministry of agriculture engineer in the town of Kofranjeh, northwest of Amman.

"We as a family never believed in terrorism and we never believed in violence."

He added: "The FBI fabricated the entire thing to embarrass [President Barack] Obama because of his good relations with Muslims."

I'm pretty sure it's the CIA trying to embarrass Obama because of his re-opening investigations into terrorist interrogations, but why nitpick? ACORN can use a man like Maher Hussein Smadi.

The most disturbing part is just how normal he was up until he dialed the phone he believed would detonate a truck bomb. Check out the face of terror...

Friends, who knew him as "Sam," said he lived there for about a year and that he was fun, easygoing and always willing to lend a hand. Several said he regularly offered them rides in his Honda sedan.

They were in disbelief at Thursday's news.

"This comes as a shock to us; he was just an awesome person," said friend Tabatha Rogers. "He was good to us."

He loved techno music, had earrings in both ears, and he was often seen wearing a belt buckle decorated with rhinestones that formed a gun. Rogers said he looked just like "your average American rock star."

Friends said he drank occasionally and smoked cigarettes.

One friend said they assumed he was from Texas, though they said they knew he was Muslim.

They said he was a cashier who worked long hours at the smokehouse. He liked to play with his neighbors' children.

"I still don't know how to wrap my head around it, as far as Sam doing something like this," said Kellye Kines, 20, who lives at the development.

Another sort of funny thing, the guy actually lived about an hour south of Dallas near where one of the dove leases I hunt. If you've ever come up I-35 north from Austin to Dallas you've probably seen the concrete caterpillar building at the Italy exit. There's a bunch of dome shaped huts around it; Sam lived in one of those little domes.
David B. South, the owner of Morgan Meadows, a complex of rental units outside Italy, Texas, had been renting to Hosam Maher Husein Smadi since April 2008. Smadi paid $105 a week to live in one of the distinctive geodesic domes on South's property.

The landlord told The Dallas Morning News that Smadi was six weeks behind on his rent -- and that when he demanded payment a couple of days ago, Smadi informed him that he was moving out today but would pay up later.

Very weird and way too close to home. We've been fortunate enough to snatch several would-be terrorists in the past month. Hats off to the FBI for their good work.

I'm still baffled by the WMD charge though. Large amounts of explosives can undoubtedly cause immense loss of life and damage, but I don't understand the logic of terming it as "trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction." That kind of linguistic gymnastics will only lead to trouble. How long before the US is sued in the ICC for dropping a 500lb JDAM "WMD" or launching a Hellfire "WMD"? We've apparently got the guy on enough conspiracy charges to jail him for the rest of his life. Why would they even tap dance in that minefield?

Without eternal vigilance it can happen anywhere.


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Comments (18)

I don't understand the medi... (Below threshold)

I don't understand the media's new use of the term WMD either. It's almost like they are trying to sensationalize it by calling it WMD but in reality, it is a car bomb. WMD to me means nuclear, biological, chemical munitions. This is nothing more than a VBIED. I would like to ask whoever is pushing this new WMD term what their thoughts are on Iraq now. Using this new definition seems to say that Iraq was obviously using WMD's and had a large capacity to sell and distribute WMD's.

"The most disturbing part i... (Below threshold)

"The most disturbing part is just how normal he was up until he dialed the phone he believed would detonate a truck bomb."

Sorry, but I have to laugh when I hear that "he looked so normal". What does a killer look like? A rapist? An arsonist? From what I've seen over the years 'pretty normal'.

As for the WMD thing, it's just a progression of the "man-made disaster" and "overseas contingency plans" vibe. Also sounds much more impressive than "explosive device" or "bomb". Barry's folks like to "punch things up". Just ask Buffy.

Wow.My girlfriend ... (Below threshold)


My girlfriend and I laughed at those little dome huts a few days ago as we drove past them.

She said they were the most stereotypical "hippy" housing you could get. We talked about who might actually live there.

An SUV filled with explosiv... (Below threshold)

An SUV filled with explosives isn't considered a weapon of mass destruction? Do we not remember Oklahoma City? OK, I'll grant you an Explorer full of fertilizer isn't going to wipe out a whole city, or even all of downtown, but it is going to cause a LOT of damage and kill people.

The bottom line here is, this kid had the malicious intent to kill innocent people right here in Dallas. He needs to be dealt with like the feces that he is.

We're not minimizing the cr... (Below threshold)

We're not minimizing the crime or the potential for loss of life. We're just trying to, as Barry's people say "learn the new language".

An explosive device, by it's very nature is restricted to the area in which it can kill or cause destruction.

A WMD device causes death over a much wider area than the initial flash point. Remember the anthrax letters? How about a VX bomb? What terrifies people most about a nuke? Radiation. Can't see it, can't smell it, but if you've got it, it's probably too late to do anything about it.

Barry deplores the use of 'scare tactics'. Unless of course, it suits his purpose.

What's next in Barry's pantheon of NEWSPEAK?

As for 'the kid', I'm sure there are those on the left already listing all the 'excuses' for his antisocial behavior.

Look for an obama pardon ve... (Below threshold)

Look for an obama pardon very soon.

The 'normal, everyday' life... (Below threshold)

The 'normal, everyday' lifestyle masking the underlying Jihadi is standard Al Qaeda MO.

Bill, I'm not downplaying t... (Below threshold)

Bill, I'm not downplaying the VBIED, I'm just saying it is not the traditional definition of WMD. GarandFan stated it rather nicely as to what most people think WMD is.

No one refers to our JDAM's... (Below threshold)

No one refers to our JDAM's as WMD. If they did, I think we would be in violation of some Geneva Convention articles.

A Ford Explorer? No wonder... (Below threshold)

A Ford Explorer? No wonder some call it the "Ford Exploder".

" She said they were the mo... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

" She said they were the most stereotypical "hippy" housing you could get. We talked about who might actually live there. "

I bet before his arrest, the lefty-hippy neighbors would be the type of people who said 'oh, this islamic-terror thing is a bunch of hype. just more Bushitler propaganda. those militant islamists don't really want to destroy us.'

"Maher Hussein Smadi."</... (Below threshold)

"Maher Hussein Smadi."

How come guys with that middle name are always so destuctive?

"Let Me rephrase the questi... (Below threshold)

"Let Me rephrase the question.." Not that I want an answer. Cause I already know the answer.

"How come anyone with Hussein in their name are so destructive?"


1.) Barack Hussein O' something?

2.) Sodomy Hussein Obama.

3.) "Bill" Maher Hussein Smadi.

4.) Just call them all a bunch of Hussein's, Hussein, Hussein and get it over with for cryin out loud.

Sorry, but explosives joine... (Below threshold)

Sorry, but explosives joined the WMD triumvirate when they switched from NBC to CBRNE several years ago. The new designation came about as a way to differentiate radiological weapons (dirty bombs) vs. a nuclear weapon (fission/fusion weapons). Explosives were added when they considered what could have happened at the WTC bombing, OK city, Kobar towers, embassy bombings, etc. I don't think a 1/2 lb. of tnt will get you a wmd charge, but when a substantial amount is used, it can cause mass destrucion, and significant loss of life.

Thanks, Chad, I found some ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Thanks, Chad, I found some good info on CBRNE.

I still think it's a dangerous path to tread considering how that den of rats at the UN and the ICC are always searching for a way to castrate the US and Israel.

Funny, when it comes to ... (Below threshold)

Funny, when it comes to terrorism I always figured Dallas would be pretty low on the list of targets.

Same with the embassies in Kenya. But it's all The Great Satan to them.

Wow... too close to home <b... (Below threshold)

Wow... too close to home
You know I recently read a book called "Three Kisses" by Heath Daniels.
Inside you read about Al Qaeda rising to new levels of sinister sophistication using medical technology and a Russian doctor from Soviet days to duplicate a U.S. Army officer and infiltrate the duplicate into the U.S. A fellow officer and co-worker of the duplicated officer discovers the duplication and the breach of national security. Rather than expose his own secret life, but driven by his duty to serve and protect his country, he takes matters into his own hands with the help of friends to remove the infiltrator and his helpers from the country. In a fast moving story of intrigue and determination, the DIA, CIA, and FBI cooperate to eliminate the possibility of exposure of the breach of the nation's security.

This goes to show how you c... (Below threshold)

This goes to show how you can never really know someone. I am quite suprised when I look at this guy, because his appearance is obviously not what we have come to expect of a stereotypical terror suspect. I find that incredibly scary. I have always considered myself a trusting person, to a degree, but this has changed the way I think about people in my community. Last year I delved into the concept of sociopaths for a college course. Sociopaths are excellent at hiding their true, unfeeling nature from those around them. This guy may not have been so unfeeling, but his is a shocking display of willingness to murder and maim. I was a child when the Oklahoma city bombing occurred, and I remember seeing several graphic images of the aftermath. I just cannot comprehend why this man, who is not much older than me, would want to cause this destruction?!
Does he hate America? That's too simple of an answer. What are these people thinking?!






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