Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jordanian Busted In Alleged Dallas Terror Plot

Fountain Place

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Smadi, who was under continuous surveillance by the FBI, was arrested today near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower in downtown Dallas, after, the U.S. Attorney's Office says, he placed an inert/inactive car bomb at the location. Smadi, a Jordanian citizen in the U.S. illegally, lived and worked in Italy, Texas. He has allegedly repeatedly expressed his desire to commit violent jihad and has been the focus of an undercover FBI investigation.

“The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States,” said U.S. Attorney James Jacks.

According to affidavits filed today, the FBI was aware that Smadi had been talking about conducting terror attacks in the United States. Undercover FBI agents, posing as members of an al Qaeda “sleeper” cell, were introduced to Smadi, who repeatedly indicated to them that he came to the U.S. for the specific purpose of committing “Jihad for the sake of God” and against the enemies of Islam.

Throughout the investigation, undercover FBI agents repeatedly encouraged Smadi to reevaluate his interpretation of jihad, counseling him that the obligations a Moslem has to perform jihad can be satisfied in many ways. Every time this interaction occurred, Smadi aggressively responded that he was going to commit significant, conspicuous acts of violence as his jihad.

According to the complaint, Smadi asked an undercover FBI agent to drive him to Fountain Place and then went inside a Wells Fargo Bank in the building to conduct reconnaissance. He later told an FBI agent that he had first intended to bomb the building on September 11 but decided to wait until after Ramadan which ended September 20. At the meeting, Smadi allegedly said that he would park a bomb-laden vehicle next to the office tower. The undercover agents made sure that when he did it, the vehicle actually contained an inert explosive device.

Despite the similarities between this case and one in Springfield, Illinois, the FBI concluded that there was no connection and that Smadi was acting alone and is not part of any terrorist group.



Anonymous said...

Sounds to me as though the USA is still fighting a war on terrorism, not just a war on Al Qaida, as Obama says.

Alexander Rivera Ph.D. said...

This makes at least three separate incidents in two weeks. It is sad that the democrats repeatedly try to tell us that the terrorist threat is something made up by the Bush administration. Then these things occur and they argue for a fair trial for these people. I just don't get it.