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Dallas Target: Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction
KDAF ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | DOJ

Posted on 02/24/2011 8:55:02 AM PST by fightinJAG

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.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Aldawsari has been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He has also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED and he has conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, the affidavit alleges. In addition, he has allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.

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1 posted on 02/24/2011 8:55:08 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG

Bush’s Fault


2 posted on 02/24/2011 8:56:04 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: fightinJAG

This article is well worth reading in its entirety.

George W. Bush was on this terrorist’s list of possible targets.

Thank you, FBI, for your good and tireless work. I appreciate it.


3 posted on 02/24/2011 8:56:13 AM PST by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE)
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To: fightinJAG

God forbid that they would mention he’s a Saudi in the headline!


4 posted on 02/24/2011 8:56:32 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 765 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: fightinJAG

Amish in Texas? They’re branching out.


5 posted on 02/24/2011 8:57:27 AM PST by lurk
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To: fightinJAG

Texas resident= Saudi citizen,i just love the media spin.


6 posted on 02/24/2011 8:58:03 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: fightinJAG
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.


7 posted on 02/24/2011 8:58:34 AM PST by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE)
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To: GSP.FAN

So would I.


8 posted on 02/24/2011 8:58:48 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: fightinJAG

Interesting.


9 posted on 02/24/2011 8:59:19 AM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: fightinJAG
But they did post his picture:


10 posted on 02/24/2011 8:59:55 AM PST by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE)
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To: null and void

We need to close our borders for five years until we sort out these people. Deport the illegals. Have planes standing by for anyone that doesn’t have the proper paperwork. Deport them immediately.


11 posted on 02/24/2011 9:00:36 AM PST by RC2
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To: fightinJAG
Texas Resident Saudi National Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

There, fixed it to be an honest headline.

12 posted on 02/24/2011 9:00:52 AM PST by Obadiah (If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?)
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To: fightinJAG
Aldawsari, who was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa

Whodda thunk, a another terrorist with a student visa...

13 posted on 02/24/2011 9:00:52 AM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: fightinJAG
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari?

From where DO Christians come up with these names?

14 posted on 02/24/2011 9:01:16 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: fightinJAG

Related thread here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2679335/posts


15 posted on 02/24/2011 9:02:34 AM PST by RoseyT
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To: ryan71

It’s an old Amish/Mennonite/pacifist tradition.


16 posted on 02/24/2011 9:03:01 AM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: RC2

Last week the Muslim Brotherhood or similar was in the world news for shouting that all Americans needed to be out of the Middle East.

Okay by us, pal!

But here’s the deal: all Muslims out of the West, does that work for you, MB?


17 posted on 02/24/2011 9:03:12 AM PST by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE)
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To: fightinJAG

One of those peace loving moozlims no doubt. Sign him up as a member of CAIR.


18 posted on 02/24/2011 9:03:16 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: fightinJAG

It’s far beyond time (9/12/01) to stop these pos people from coming here for any reason. There’s more than enough American students in this country looking for a college education.


19 posted on 02/24/2011 9:03:21 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: lurk

I would bet that they are in all 57 states.


20 posted on 02/24/2011 9:04:08 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: fightinJAG

Don’t you think its time we just boot these students etc out?


21 posted on 02/24/2011 9:05:37 AM PST by aces
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To: fightinJAG

Oh, those Amish.


22 posted on 02/24/2011 9:06:13 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ryan71
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari? From where DO Christians come up with these names?

Usually happens when I knock over the scrabble board.

Back to the topic of the thread, when did trying and failing to MAKE something become attempted USE?

To me, attempted USE is "I lit the fuse but it went out..."


23 posted on 02/24/2011 9:07:57 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: fightinJAG

Silly laws. What is the use of a punishment of life in prison AND a $250,000 fine?


24 posted on 02/24/2011 9:09:13 AM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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To: BikerJoe

This would be more like a “conspiracy to...”

But is it legally possible to have a one-man conspiracy?


25 posted on 02/24/2011 9:12:28 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: fightinJAG

Darn Quakers!

They must be taking lessons from the Mennonites.


26 posted on 02/24/2011 9:15:15 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Texas resident

Jeez out on bail already? :>)


27 posted on 02/24/2011 9:16:06 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: fightinJAG

Interesting little tidbit of info...kinda related...a business magazine (Bottomline Personal) my husband gets had an article on “How to survive a Nuclear Attack”...in its recent issue. Just thought it interesting that they decided to publish it in their magazine.


28 posted on 02/24/2011 9:16:19 AM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: BikerJoe
when did trying and failing to MAKE something become attempted USE?

Did he actually try to make anything? Unless I missed something (which is entirely possible) he gathered the necessary items, failing on one account to get it the "easy" way.

29 posted on 02/24/2011 9:16:24 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: fightinJAG

looks like the singer from The Cure.

Just needs a gay eye to make him over.


30 posted on 02/24/2011 9:17:12 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: fightinJAG

Kudos to the chemical supplier and freight company.


31 posted on 02/24/2011 9:19:22 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: Seruzawa

>What is the use of a punishment of life in prison AND a $250,000 fine?

Confiscate anything you own up to that amount


32 posted on 02/24/2011 9:19:32 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: fightinJAG

They’re here and they want to destroy us. This article is being mailed by me to everybody on my email list who will be interested. How many more like this fanatic are already here?


33 posted on 02/24/2011 9:22:12 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: OpusatFR; maine-iac7; lormand; lurk; oneolcop; Texas resident; HiTech RedNeck
Didn't they take this guy down after a high speed chase?

34 posted on 02/24/2011 9:29:02 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: lurk

Amish in Texas? They’re branching out.


Probably was against the new healthcare law...


35 posted on 02/24/2011 9:32:40 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: fightinJAG

The problem I have with this type of charge is that is “dumbs down” the law.

To me a WMD is something like volume weaponized lethal chemicals or nuclear devices, or even poison gas delivery systems.

By their stretch anything that kills more than one person could be a “weapon of mass destruction.”
Like a stick of TNT.
Or a grenade.

Or any weapon that can shoot more than one bullet or shell.
The slippery slope goes a long way...

Charge him with attempted murder(s)and conspiracy to commit multiple muders and be done with it.


36 posted on 02/24/2011 9:35:36 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Kartographer
Reminder of Saudi immigrant connections in America's past (and of this administration's Muslim outreach for students in retrospect):

Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists

Snips:

. Hani Hasan Hanjour (26) - Saudi Arabian - pilot
. Khalid al-Mihdhar (or Almidhar) - Saudi Arabian
. Nawaf al-Hamzi (or Alhamzi) - Saudi Arabian (brother of Salem)
. Salem al-Hamzi (or Alhamzi)- Saudi Arabian (brother of Nawaf)
. Majed Moqed - Saudi Arabian
. Mohamed Atta - Egyptian (43) - pilot
. Satam al-Suqami (25) - Saudi Arabian
. Waleed al-Shehri (or Alshehri) (21) - Saudi Arabian (brother of Wail)
. Wail (or Wael) al-Shehri (or Alshehri) (25) - Saudi Arabian (brother of Waleed)
. Abdulaziz al-Omari (or Alomari) - Saudi Arabian
. Marwan al-Shehhi (or Alshehhi) - United Arab Emirates- pilot
. Fayez Ahmed Rashid Ahmed al-Qadi Banihammad (aka Fayez Ahmed) - United Arab Emirates 
. Ahmed al-Ghamdi (or Alghamdi) - Saudi Arabian
. Hamza Saleh al-Ghamdi (or Alghamdi) (20) - Saudi Arabian
. Mohand al-Shehri (or Alshehri) - Saudi Arabian
. Ziad Samir Jarrah - Lebanese - pilot 
Saeed al-Ghamdi (or Alghamdi) - Saudi Arabian
Ahmed Ibrahim A. al-Haznawi (or Alhaznawi) (21) - Saudi Arabian
Ahmed Abdullah al-Nami (or Alnami) (23) - Saudi Arabian
Khalid Sheikh Mohamed (Coordinator) -Had a Saudi Arabian passport (although not a Saudi national)

Obama's Muslim outreach fiasco

President Obama‘s outreach to the Muslim world has failed to reap the benefits once expected. The latest report from the Pew Global Attitudes Project indicated that Muslims in the Middle East are less impressed with Mr. Obama now than they were when he first delivered his message of hope and change to Cairo last year.

37 posted on 02/24/2011 9:48:51 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: RC2
We need to close our borders for five years until we sort out these people. Deport the illegals. Have planes standing by for anyone that doesn’t have the proper paperwork. Deport them immediately.

From your lips to President Palin's ears...

38 posted on 02/24/2011 9:51:12 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 765 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: MamaDearest
"Isolated and Unexpected."

~ Hussein Obama

39 posted on 02/24/2011 9:56:51 AM PST by SparkyBass
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ON THE INTERNET:


GSN.NTI.org: "Saudi National Says Not Guilty of WMD Charge" (SNIPPET: "Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, was arraigned in federal court in Lubbock, Texas. A trial date has been set for May 2.") (March 28, 2011)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "SAUDI INDICTED FOR PLOT TARGETING BUSH, NUCLEAR PLANTS" (SNIPPET: "Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari") (March 11, 2011, 3:26 pm)

INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "STUDENT CHARGED IN TERRORIST PLOT MAY HAVE TARGETED BUSH" (February 24, 2011, 12:56 pm)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "BOMB MAKING SAUDI BOY LEAVES BEHIND A FACEBOOK PAGE...and a list of 104 friends." (SNIPPET: "UPDATE: And speaking of Charlotte, it really should surprise no one that Khalid is a friend of a friend of Samir Khan.")
Complaint-Affidavit - Link (pdf)

Link

Dallas.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release: Washington - "TEXAS RESIDENT ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED USE OF WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION Suspect Allegedly Purchased Bomb Materials and Researched U.S. Targets" (SNIPPET: "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.") (February 24, 2011)
TENNESSEAN.com: "TERROR SUSPECT STUDIED ENGLISH AT VANDERBILT IN 2008-09" by Brian Haas (February 25, 2011, 3:12 am)

40 posted on 03/29/2011 2:10:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: fightinJAG

Your thread has been updated.


41 posted on 03/29/2011 2:11:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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#

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3442/prominent-witnesses-line-up-for-alleged-saudi

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Prominent Witnesses Line Up for Alleged Saudi Bomb Plotter”
by IPT News • Feb 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

SNIPPET: “A Saudi man charged in Texas with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction may have a former top FBI official and a prominent academic known to work with radical Islamists in his corner.

Attorneys for Khaled Aldawsari say they intend to call former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson and Georgetown University Professor John Esposito among their expert witnesses.

Coulson, who helped supervise the FBI’s Oklahoma City bombing investigation, will “address several shortfalls and improper tactics, techniques, and procedures that were used by investigators and law enforcement in this case,” defense attorneys wrote in a notice to the court last week.

Though he appears on the defense expert witness list, Coulson told Politico that his testimony is not certain. “I do some defense work for different clients and was asked to consult on it by a law firm representing him,” Coulson said. But he hasn’t reviewed any evidence “has not yet formed an opinion about whether or not Aldawsari is guilty,” Politico reported.

Aldawsari was arrested a year ago in Lubbock, Texas after a freight company contacted authorities about a shipment of concentrated phenol, a toxic chemical used to construct the explosive T.N.P. Subsequent surveillance showed that used multiple email accounts to send himself information about explosives and targets.”


42 posted on 02/16/2012 4:39:04 AM PST by Cindy
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ADDING links to post no. 42:

www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1805.pdf

www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1488.pdf#page=7

www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1488.pdf#page=5


43 posted on 02/18/2012 2:38:55 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/dallas/press-releases/2012/texas-resident-convicted-on-charge-of-attempted-use-of-weapon-of-mass-destruction

Texas Resident Convicted on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

Khalid Aldawsari Purchased Bomb Materials and Researched U.S. Targets

U.S. Department of Justice
June 27, 2012

AMARILLO, TX—Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury today on an indictment charging one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets, including persons and infrastructure.

The verdict, which was reached in the Northern District of Texas, was announced by Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Diego G. Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

Sentencing has been scheduled for October 9, 2012, in Amarillo. Aldawsari, who was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and was enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was arrested on February 23, 2011 on a criminal complaint and later charged in a March 9, 2011 federal indictment with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, at the time of his arrest last year, Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He had also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED, and he had conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, the affidavit alleges. In addition, he had allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.

“While many people are responsible for thwarting Aldawsari’s threat and bringing him to justice, we owe a debt of gratitude to all the members of the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, and especially to the hundreds of hardworking and dedicated FBI agents, analysts, linguists, and others,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. “Their efforts, coupled with the hard work and excellent cooperation from the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Tech Police Department, are the reason we were able to stop this defendant from carrying out a catastrophic act of terrorism.”

“As this trial demonstrated, Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an explosive device and was actively researching potential targets in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of many agents, analysts, and prosecutors, this plot was thwarted before it could advance further,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. “This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad.”

“Today’s guilty verdict shows how individuals in the United States with the intent to do harm can acquire the knowledge and materials necessary to carry out an attack,” said SAC Rodriguez. “Our success in locating and preventing Mr. Aldawsari from carrying out an attack is a result of cooperation within the law enforcement and intelligence communities, particularly, the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Texas Tech Police Department, the Lubbock Police Department, and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, but also a demonstration of information sharing across FBI divisions, as well as assistance from the community. I want to thank the dedicated agents, officers, and analysts; the computer forensics team; and linguists that worked diligently on this investigation, as well as prosecutors serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District.”

The government presented evidence that on February 1, 2011, a chemical supplier reported to the FBI a suspicious attempted purchase of concentrated phenol by a man identifying himself as Khalid Aldawsari. Phenol is a toxic chemical with legitimate uses, but it can also be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, also known as T.N.P., or picric acid. Ingredients typically used with phenol to make picric acid, or T.N.P., are concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids.

Aldawsari attempted to have the phenol order shipped to a freight company so it could be held for him there, but the freight company told Aldawsari that the order had been returned to the supplier and called the police. Later, Aldawsari falsely told the supplier he was associated with a university and wanted the phenol for “off-campus, personal research.” Frustrated by questions being asked over his phenol order, Aldawsari cancelled his order, placed an order with another company, and later e-mailed himself instructions for producing phenol. In December 2010, he had successfully purchased concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids.

Aldawsari used various e-mail accounts in researching explosives and targets and often sent e-mails to himself as part of this process. He e-mailed himself a recipe for picric acid, which was described in the e-mail as a “military explosive” and also e-mailed himself instructions on how to convert a cell phone into a remote detonator and how to prepare a booby-trapped vehicle using household items. Aldawsari also purchased many other items, including a Hazmat suit, a soldering iron kit, glass beakers and flasks, a stun gun, clocks, and a battery tester.

Excerpts from a journal found at Aldawsari’s residence indicated that he had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years. One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United States 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.”

In another entry, Aldawsari wrote that he was near to reaching his goal and near to getting weapons to use against infidels and their helpers. He also listed a “synopsis of important steps” that included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate; renting a car; using different driver’s licenses for each car rented; putting bombs in cars and taking them to different places during rush hour; and leaving the city for a safe place.

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,” 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 others, Aldawsari sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California and listed two categories of targets: hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants. He also sent himself an e-mail titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush. Aldawsari also conducted research that indicated he considered using infant dolls to conceal explosives and the possible targeting of a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force, with assistance from the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Tech Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey R. Haag, Denise Williams, James T. Jacks, and Matthew J. Kacsmaryk and Trial Attorney David Cora from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


44 posted on 06/28/2012 12:58:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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He also listed a “synopsis of important steps” that included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate;

You don't say.

45 posted on 06/28/2012 1:03:03 AM PDT by thecodont
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The government presented evidence that on February 1, 2011, a chemical supplier reported to the FBI a suspicious attempted purchase of concentrated phenol by a man identifying himself as Khalid Aldawsari

A real genius, this guy.

Should have called himself John Smith.

46 posted on 06/28/2012 1:15:19 AM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/dallas/press-releases/2012/saudi-student-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-attempted-use-of-weapon-of-mass-destruction

Saudi Student Sentenced to Life in Prison for Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

Khalid Aldawsari Purchased Bomb Materials and Researched U.S. Targets

U.S. Department of Justice
November 13, 2012

WASHINGTON—Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter in federal court in Amarillo, Texas, to life in prison.

Aldawsari was convicted on June 27, 2012, on an indictment charging one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets, including persons and infrastructure. He was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and was enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock.

Today’s announcement was made by Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Diego G. Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, at the time of his arrest last year, Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He had also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED and he had conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets. In addition, he had allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.

“This case, in which private citizens paid attention to details and notified authorities of their suspicions, serves as a reminder to all private citizens that we must always be observant and vigilant, as there are some who intend to cause great harm,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña.

“Khalid Aldawsari, acting as a lone wolf, may well have gone undetected were it not for the keen observations of private citizens. We owe them, and all the hundreds of hard-working members of our law enforcement community, our deepest gratitude.”

“Khalid Aldawsari came to this country intent on carrying out an attack. He then began purchasing ingredients to construct a bomb and was actively researching potential targets in America. Thanks to the hard work of many agents, analysts, and prosecutors, his plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed; he was convicted at trial and, today at sentencing, he was held accountable for his actions,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco.

“Today’s sentencing demonstrates our commitment to detecting, investigating, and prosecuting individuals who seek to do harm to others in our country. Our success was the result of the cooperation of law enforcement and intelligence resources, particularly, the FBI’s North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Texas Tech Police Department, the Lubbock Police Department, and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Rodriguez. “The dedicated agents, officers, and analysts; the computer forensics team; and the linguists are all to be commended for their diligent work on this investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District for the successful prosecution of Mr. Aldawsari.”

The government presented evidence that on February 1, 2011, a chemical supplier reported to the FBI a suspicious attempted purchase of concentrated phenol by a man identifying himself as Khalid Aldawsari. Phenol is a toxic chemical with legitimate uses but can also be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, also known as T.N.P., or picric acid. Ingredients typically used with phenol to make picric acid, or T.N.P., are concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids.

Aldawsari attempted to have the phenol order shipped to a freight company so it could be held for him there, but the freight company told Aldawsari that the order had been returned to the supplier and called the police. Later, Aldawsari falsely told the supplier he was associated with a university and wanted the phenol for “off-campus, personal research.” Frustrated by questions being asked over his phenol order, Aldawsari cancelled his order, placed an order with another company, and later e-mailed himself instructions for producing phenol. In December 2010, he had successfully purchased concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids.

Aldawsari used various e-mail accounts in researching explosives and targets and often sent e-mails to himself as part of this process. He e-mailed himself a recipe for picric acid, which was described in the e-mail as a “military explosive” and also e-mailed himself instructions on how to convert a cell phone into a remote detonator and how to prepare a booby-trapped vehicle using household items. Aldawsari also purchased many other items, including a Hazmat suit, a soldering iron kit, glass beakers and flasks, a stun gun, clocks, and a battery tester.

Excerpts from a journal found at Aldawsari’s residence indicated that he had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years. One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United States 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.”

In another entry, Aldawsari wrote that he was near to reaching his goal and near to getting weapons to use against infidels and their helpers. He also listed a “synopsis of important steps” that included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate; renting a car; using different driver’s licenses for each car rented; putting bombs in cars and taking them to different places during rush hour; and leaving the city for a safe place.

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,” 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 others, Aldawsari sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California and listed two categories of targets: hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants. He also sent himself an e-mail titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush. Aldawsari also conducted research that indicated he considered using infant dolls to conceal explosives and the possible targeting of a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes many federal, state, and local partners, with assistance from the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Tech Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey R. Haag, Denise Williams, and Matthew J. Kacsmaryk and Trial Attorney David Cora from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


47 posted on 11/14/2012 1:36:51 AM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 47:


""This case, in which private citizens paid attention to details and notified authorities of their suspicions, serves as a reminder to all private citizens that we must always be observant and vigilant, as there are some who intend to cause great harm,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña."

48 posted on 11/14/2012 1:42:53 AM PST by Cindy
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www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/1488.pdf#page=12

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3805/life-sentence-for-would-be-saudi-terrorist

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Life Sentence for Would-Be Saudi Terrorist”
by IPT News • Nov 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

SNIPPET: “Khalid Aldawsari, 22, was convicted in June of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in plots to attack hydroelectric dams, nuclear plants, and the Dallas residence of former President George W. Bush. Prosecutors say he obtained many of the ingredients needed to make an improvised explosive device and wrote of his wish of becoming a martyr during a terrorist attack.

He was in the United States on a student visa, attending college in Lubbock, Tex. According to his own journal entries, Aldawsari won a scholarship but merely saw it as a way to further his violent ambitions.

The scholarship “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad, God willing,” he wrote. “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.””

SNIPPET: “Law enforcement was drawn to Aldawsari after a chemical company and a trucking service each were suspicious about his order and reported it to authorities.”


49 posted on 11/14/2012 1:49:53 AM PST by Cindy
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To: fightinJAG

Whatever else may be said of him, he’s an idiot.


50 posted on 11/14/2012 2:26:44 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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