Skip to comments.US Citizen Arrested For Terror Plots Against US Capitol, Pentagon
Posted on 09/28/2011 7:09:37 PM PDT by Kaslin
A 26-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested and charged today in connection with a plot to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol, the Justice Department announced. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, is accused of planning to use a remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives to attack the buildings. He was also charged with attempting to provide support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization — specifically al-Qaida, the organization behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
I know what you're thinking, PC police: "That's unfair, you Islamophobe! Just because his name is Rezwan doesn't mean he's a Muslim, or that his planned attacks were inspired by a jihadist worldview." No, it doesn't. But this does:
The FBI used undercover operatives and worked with local law enforcement during its investigation of Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics. The Justice Department alleged that Ferdaus “began planning to commit a violent ‘jihad’ against the U.S. in early 2010.” He allegedly modified mobile phones to act as switches for improvised explosive devices and supplied eight of them to undercover FBI employees in the course of the investigation, according to a Justice Department news release.
The Justice Department says it possesses recorded conversations of Ferdaus discussing his plans for attacking the Pentagon and Capitol and calling Americans "enemies of Allah." According to its statement, Ferdaus traveled from Boston to Washington, D.C., in May to conduct surveillance of the buildings and to photograph East Potomac Park, his planned launch site. He later told undercover FBI employees that he intended to expand his aerial plan to include a ground assault of six armed individuals.
National Review's Dan Foster dug up the MySpace page of a Boston-based "free style punk band," of which this degenerate was apparently a member. Foster posts an image of a young man presumed to be Mr. Ferdaus, drumming is little jihadi heart out and wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey:
This guy is a 26-year-old US citizen who was educated at a major American University, is interested in international politics, and seems -- or seemed -- pretty thoroughly saturated in American culture. Sounds a lot like...me, come to think of it. Except my mind isn't poisoned by the radical, violent, and distressingly widespread strain of Islam that compelled Ferdaus to plan the mass-slaughter of his fellow countrymen. My point here is not to fan the flames of suspicion and hatred. It is to remind us that this threat is still very real, that Islamism is its provenance, and that we must remain vigilant. Our lives, quite literally, may depend on it. Speaking of vigilance, a brief word of deep gratitude to the FBI is in order for tracking and capturing this barbarian before he could carry out his murderous designs. I suspect they didn't ensnare Ferdaus by adhering to this sort of feel-good, self-deluding idiocy.
None of the stories I’ve read about this turd mention anything about his daddy ... I guess daddy lawyered up!
Stopped reading right there.
It's nice to see the "media" starting to differentiate between a "u.s. citizen" and an American. Most "U.S. citizens" these days are just a bunch of scumbags and are NOT Americans. They're just "here for the beer".
Hey, he could be Irish! Maybe he changed his name from Ferguson!/s;)
Just here for the beer?!? WHAT about Uncle Sam’s FREEBIES?!!!/s;)
A citizen, eh?
Must be descended from the Mayflower Ferdauses.
We know that Islam is a religion of peace so he can't be still be another muzzie.
It is a muslim name, either from Iran or Pakistan.
Several years back on one of the scale modeling boards I frequent some idiot posted that he was going to try to hang a camera off of an RC aircraft and fly it over Groom Lake to take pictures.
He was quickly, and quite severely, advised that not only did the US military have the ability to jam his control unit ... it also had weaponry that would home IN on it. Which wouldn’t be all that pleasant for him if he had the thing in his hands at the time.
“Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen”
“Rezwan Ferdaus, Muslim”
It seem that “natural born” means something important after all.
domestic jihad bump
“I just can’t stop. There is no other choice for me.”
‘Asked at one point about possibly killing women and children, Ferdaus allegedly said all unbelievers of Islam were his enemies.’
Major Nidal Hassan and Private Naser Abdo are also US Citizens, native born ones in fact. Both are also Muslim Jihadies.
Hassan killed 14 people, counting an unborn baby, on Ft. Hood in November of ‘09. Many of the injuried were taken to the hospital about a mile from my house, in which I had two knee replacements in summer 2010. Abdo bought bomb making materials and planned to blow up a restaurant off post of the Ft. Hood where lots of soldiers eat. That means it could very likely have been one where *I* eat.
This ...stuff.. is getting entirely too personal.
FBI.gov - Boston - U.S. Attorney's Ofice - District of Massachussetts - Press Release: "MASSACHUSETTS MAN CHARGED WITH PLOTTING ATTACK ON PENTAGON AND U.S. CAPITOL AND ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION Public was not in danger from explosive devices, which were controlled by undercover FBI employees" (SNIPPET: "A 26-year-old Ashland man was arrested and charged today in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, was also charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically to al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.") (September 28, 2011)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "STING NETS MAN PLOTTING 'DRONE' ATTACKS ON PENTAGON, CAPITOL" (SNIPPET: "Ferdaus' attack plan was "extremely detailed, well-written," Cacace wrote. Ferdaus said he wanted to hit America's "military center," create public panic and kill as many kafirs, or non-believers, as possible. Told that women and children likely would die in his attacks, Ferdaus did not hesitate. "Every kafir [non-believer] is an enemy," he said during a May conversation, so "every kafir [sic] blood is okay." He went to Washington that month to scout his targets and find an area in East Potomac Park from which to launch the aircraft. Ferdaus also bought cellular telephones that could be used to detonate explosives. When undercover agents, posing as al-Qaida operatives, told him in June that one of those phones helped kill three American troops in Iraq, Ferdaus replied "That was exactly what I wanted." FBI testing determined the telephones could be used to detonate bombs.") (September 28, 2011)
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org: "U.S. CITIZEN PLOTTED AERIAL 'DRONE' STRIKES ON PENTAGON AND CAPITOL" by Wes Bruer (SNIPPET: "A 26-year-old graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in physics, Ferdaus described to the undercover employees his path to jihad. Ferdaus explained that around the beginning of 2010, his viewing of jihadist videos and websites had radicalized him and convinced him that America is evil and that jihad is the only solution. Ferdaus also expressed an interest in traveling to Afghanistan to conduct training in a technical manner to assist "overseas brothers," whether by teaching physics or making something with technology, according to his recorded conversations with FBI informants. His goal was to attack America's "military center" and kill as many "kafirs" as possible.") (September 28, 2011)
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Leader of Revolution Muslim Pleads Guilty to Using Internet to Solicit Murder and Encourage Violent Extremism
U.S. Attorneys Office
February 09, 2012
Eastern District of Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, VAJesse Curtis Morton, aka Younus Abdullah Muhammed, 33, of New York City, pleaded guilty today to using his position as a leader of Revolution Muslim Organizations Internet sites to conspire to solicit murder, make threatening communications, and use the Internet to place others in fear.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIs Washington Field Office; and Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam OGrady.
Morton faces a maximum penalty five years in prison for each of the three charges when he is sentenced on May 18, 2012.
Jesse Morton operated Revolution Muslim to radicalize those who saw and heard his materials online and to incite them to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam, said U.S. Attorney MacBride. We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim, but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Mortons organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security. Were grateful to the FBI, NYPD, and their law enforcement partners throughout the world who made todays conviction possible.
Individuals such as Morton who encourage violence and create fear over the Internet are a danger to our society and to the freedoms we enjoy as citizens, said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. Todays plea, and other recent cases of those associated with Mortons organization, demonstrate the widespread nature of this danger. Together with our partner law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the community, the FBI will continue to pursue those who promulgate violent extremism and promote the radicalization of others.
Fortunately, NYPD Intelligence Division detectives were in a position to learn exactly how Morton used the Internet to conspire to solicit murder, and how he encouraged others to solicit the murder of an artist whose material he deemed offensive, said Police Commissioner Kelly. This important plea resulted because the NYPDs monitoring of Mortons activities, combined with the investigative and prosecutorial expertise of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, made for a strong case, in addition to a strong partnership.
According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Morton founded Revolution Muslim in December 2007 and created various online forums that contained postings and information supportive of violent extremism. Morton and his associates used the organizations websites to encourage Muslims to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam and to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others espousing violence. They posted messages in support of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the November 2009 killings at Ft. Hood and attacks and future threats against Jewish organizations, among others.
Through his online forums, Morton conspired with Zachary Chesser, of Fairfax County, Va., and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day movement in May 2010, including posting online a magazine that included the artist in a hit list for violent extremists to take out and a message from Anwar Al-Awlaki that explicitly called for the artists assassination. In justifying these actions, Morton posted online a speech of his asserting that Islams position is that those that insult the Prophet may be killed and exhorting his listeners to fight the disbelievers near you.
In addition, Morton admitted through his statement of facts that he aided Chesser in taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage violent extremists to attack the writers of South Park for an episode that featured Muhammad in a bear suit, including highlighting their residence and urging online readers to pay them a visit. Among the steps they took were posting on multiple occasions speeches by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which explained the Islamic justification for killing those who insult or defame Muhammad. Morton worked with Chesser to draft a message for the website regarding the South Park threats, including a quote from Osama bin Laden that If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions. Morton and Chesser posted the final version of this statement on various extremist online forums, and Chesser told Morton that he expected the statement would scare the kuffar. Kuffar is an Arabic term, referring to an unbeliever, or disbeliever, in Islam.
Chesser was arrested on July 21, 2010, charged with providing material support to al Shabaab and later also pleaded guilty to communicating threats and soliciting violent extremists to desensitize law enforcement. Four days after Chessers arrest, Morton fled to Morocco, where he resided until his arrest on U.S. charges on May 26, 2011.
In his statement of facts, Morton admitted that the Revolution Muslim websites contained the writings of and/or contributed to the radicalization of individuals who were inclined to engage in violence, including the following:
Samir Khan, previously of Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Yemen in 2009, was authorized by Morton to post materials on Revolution Muslim, and Morton provided Khan with two articles for the first two online editions of Jihad Recollections, an online magazine dedicated to violent extremism. In July 2010, Morton posted the first edition of Inspire magazine, an English-language magazine supporting al Qaeda that Morton believed to be the product of Khan. The magazine included an eight-page article titled Make a bomb in the kitchen of Your Mom, with detailed instructions regarding the construction of an explosive device.
Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, of the United Kingdom, was provided the password to Revolution Muslim by Morton and given permission to post messages. In November 2010, Ahmad praised Roshonara Choundhry for attempting to kill a British member of parliament over his support for the Iraq war and posted a list of 383 members of parliament who had voted for the Iraq war, along with suggestions on how to get in to see them and a link to a store selling a weapon similar to that used in Choundhrys attack. Ahmad told Morton that the purpose of the post was to make those MPs fearful.
Abdel Hameed Shehedah, a former resident of Staten Island, N.Y., who was charged in October 2010 of making false statements involving his alleged attempt to travel to Pakistan to join a fighting group such as the Taliban. The statement of facts states that Shehedah attended Revolution Muslim meetings, made his website, civiljihad.com, a feeder site for Revolution Muslim and eventually arranged for all visitors to his website be routed automatically to Revolution Muslim.com.
Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, Mass., was charged in September 2011 with plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. The statement of facts states that in February 2010, Ferdaus e-mailed Morton asking for counsel regarding his duties as a Muslim and whether martyrdom operations were proper practice. Morton replied that martyrdom operations must be judged by intention but can have enormous benfits (sic) in a war of attrition.
Colleen R. LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, of Montgomery County, Pa., was charged in March 2010 with a variety of terrorism-related offenses, including plotting to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who has been the subject of several murder threats based on his artwork depicting Muhammad. According to the statement of facts, Morton notified Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, a Muslim cleric convicted in the United Kingdom of soliciting murder, that LaRose was a subscriber to Revolution Muslim YouTube accounts.
Antonio Benjamin Martinez, of Baltimore, Md., was arrested and charged with plotting to bomb a military recruiting station in December 2010. The statement of facts states that one month prior to his arrest, Martinez viewed a video of Osama bin Laden and multiple terror training camp video clips on the Revolution Muslim website.
Jose Pimental, of New York City, was arrested and charged in November 2011 in connection with a plot to build and use a bomb to assassinate members of the U.S. military returning from active duty in Afghanistan. According to the statement of facts, Pimental contacted Morton saying that he was a big fan of Revolution Muslim, and that Morton recommended that Pimentel stay away from an individual because there is high probability that he is working for the FBI.
Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, both of New Jersey, were arrested in June 2010 on their way to Somalia to join a terrorist organization to kill individuals whose beliefs and practices did not accord with their ideology. The statement of facts states that both Alessa and Almonte were associates of Mortons within the Revolution Muslim organization, and Morton was interviewed by investigators from the New York City Police Department on the day of their arrest.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBIs Washington Field Office and the New York Police Departments Intelligence Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and Karen L. Dunn of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John T. Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section in the National Security Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.
Isn’t this guy just “misunderstood”? After all, he is merely an innocent moozlum, a member of the so-called “religion of peace.” I am confused.
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Massachusetts Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
U.S. Attorneys Office
July 10, 2012
BOSTONIn a written agreement filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, Rezwan Ferdaus, aka Dave Winfield, aka Jon Ramos, has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
He has also agreed to a joint sentencing recommendation of 17 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. In exchange, the government has agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Ferdaus at the time of sentencing. The parties have filed a joint motion asking the court to schedule a change-of-plea hearing. The plea agreement filed today is subject to review and acceptance by the district court. A date for the change-of-plea hearing has not yet been set.
In September 2011, Ferdaus, 26, was arrested in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. He was later charged in a six-count indictment with attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive; attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises; receipt of explosive materials; receipt of possession of non-registered firearms (six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles and three grenades); attempting to provide material support to terrorists; and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (al Qaeda).
The government has previously alleged that in 2010, and continuing until his arrest, he planned to commit acts of violence against the United States. With the goal of terrorizing the United States, decapitating its military center, and killing as many kafirs (an Arabic term meaning non-believers) as possible, Ferdaus extensively planned and took substantial steps to bomb the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote controlled aircraft filled with explosives.
On September 28, 2011, Ferdaus requested and instructed the undercover FBI employees (UCE) to deliver explosives and firearms (material represented to Ferdaus to contain 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, including approximately 1.25 pounds of actual C-4 explosives, three grenades, and six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles) for his attack plan. While inspecting the explosives and firearms in the UCEs vehicle and inside his storage unit, Ferdaus placed some of the explosives inside a remote controlled aircraft that he had ordered and obtained for his attack plan. Ferdaus then locked the explosives and firearms in his storage unit, at which time he was placed under arrest.
Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a bachelors degree in physics, began designing and constructing detonation components for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using mobile phones that were delivered to individuals whom he believed to be al Qaeda operatives. Ferdaus allegedly supplied 12 mobile phones, each of which had been modified to act as an electrical switch for an IED, to FBI undercover employees, who he believed were members of or recruiters for al Qaeda, to be used to kill American soldiers stationed overseas. On September 28, 2011, Ferdaus delivered four more detonation devices to individuals who he believed were al Qaeda operatives.
The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were closely monitored by the UCs. The defendant was under surveillance as his alleged plot developed and the UCs were in frequent contact with him. More information about the case, including the indictment, affidavit, and other public documents, can be viewed at www.justice.gov/usao/ma/news.html.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Jack Pirozzolo and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI-Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by the Worcester, Ashland, and Framingham, Massachusetts Police Departments; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann and Donald L. Cabell of the U.S. Attorneys Offices Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.
hmmmm, seems those paragons of virtue at the FBI Boston Field Office have upped the ante. None of this over the counter semi-auto AK-47 crap Fast & Furious provided to Mexican narco-traficantes.
Usually I ignore the jerk-like comments, but it’s your lucky day and I’ll post a reply to you.
READ THE ENTIRE THREAD to get a glimpse of what was involved in this case.
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Man Sentenced in Boston for Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and Attempting to Provide Detonation Devices to Terrorists
U.S. Attorneys Office
November 01, 2012
District of Massachusetts
BOSTONRezwan Ferdaus was sentenced today for plotting an attack on American soil and attempting to provide detonation devices to terrorists.
Ferdaus, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to 17 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. On July 20, 2012, Ferdaus pleaded guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. In the plea agreement, the parties agreed to a joint sentencing recommendation of 17 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. In exchange for the defendants guilty plea, the government dismissed the remaining charges against Ferdaus after the imposition of his sentence.
At the change of plea hearing, the prosecutor detailed the evidence against the defendant, which Judge Stearns concluded was overwhelming. Had this case gone to trial, the government would have shown through consensually recorded conversations that, beginning in 2010 and continuing until his arrest, Ferdaus planned to commit acts of violence against the United States, both here and abroad.
Beginning in January 2011, Ferdaus began designing and constructing detonation components for improvised explosive devices (IED) using mobile phones. Ferdaus supplied 12 mobile phones, which he modified to act as an electrical switch for an IED, to FBI undercover employees (UCEs), whom he believed were members of al Qaeda, with the intention that they be used to kill U.S. soldiers overseas. In June 2011, Ferdaus delivered his first mobile phone detonation device to the UCEs.
At a subsequent meeting, the UCEs falsely told Ferdaus that his first phone detonation device had succeeded in killing three U.S. soldiers and injuring others in Iraq. Ferdaus responded, That was exactly what I wanted and that he felt incredible....Were changing the world. He also suggested that he could make 20 to 30 [detonation components] per week to send to his brothers overseas.
He told the UCEs that he was 100 percent at peace with the fact that his devices are killing American soldiers and was so happy to hear that and so thankful. After each subsequent delivery to the UCEs, Ferdaus asked how each detonation device had worked and how many Americans had reportedly been killed. Ferdaus also made a 20-minute training video, which was recorded by the UCEs, giving instructions on how to make cell phone detonators. Ferdaus believed that the video would be used for training members of al Qaeda.
Ferdaus also planned to obtain a remote-controlled aircraft similar to a small drone aircraft, fill it with grenades, and fly the plane into the Pentagon using a built-in GPS system. Ferdaus told the UCEs that he conducted Internet research on remote-controlled aircraft and found a website that sells such airplanes, which can fly 100 mph.
According to the prosecutor, in May and June 2011, Ferdaus provided two very detailed attack plans to the UCEs. The defendants first attack plan, among other things, contained photographs of the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with superimposed arrows, showing where he intended to strike. The defendant stated that his plan ought to terrorize...it ought to result in the downfall of this entire disgusting place. That is my goal.
In May 2011, Ferdaus traveled to Washington, D.C., where he conducted surveillance, and photographed the Pentagon and Capitol Building. He also identified and photographed sites at the East Potomac Park, in Washington, D.C., from which he planned to launch his airplanes filled with explosives.
In June 2011, Ferdaus informed the UCEs that he had decided to expand his attack plan to include a ground assault on the Pentagon and requested that the UCEs supply him with explosives, grenades, fully automatic weapons, and a silencer. Ferdaus then rented space at a storage facility under a false name, where he planned to store and prepare the components for his attack plan. In July 2011, Ferdaus placed an order with a Florida distributor for a remote controlled aircraft under a false identity. He told the UCEs that he wanted them to get him 24 pounds of plastic explosives to maximize the attack. He explained that 15 of the 24 pounds of explosives were for the planesfive pounds per plane. Ferdaus later increased his request to 25 pounds of explosives.
In September 2011, Ferdaus instructed the UCEs to deliver C-4 explosives, three grenades, and six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles to him, which he later received at the storage facility he rented. Ferdaus inspected the explosives and firearms and placed some of the C-4 explosives inside the remote-controlled aircraft he had previously ordered.
Shortly after receiving the explosives and weapons in the storage facility, Ferdaus was arrested. The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were closely monitored by the UCEs. Ferdaus was under surveillance as his alleged plot developed and the UCEs were in frequent contact with him.
During their communications with him, the UCEs told Ferdaus more than 25 times that he did not have to go through with his plan to attack the Pentagon and Capitol, that there was no shame in backing out, and that he could turn back at any time. In response to these inquiries, Ferdaus repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to his attack plans and his hope to cause mass destruction and psychological harm to the United States.
As is evident from the facts of this case, Mr. Ferdaus posed a significant threat to the people of the United States, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo. His actions were self-initiated, deliberate, and dangerous. He intended to unleash horrific acts of violence against the people of the United States both here and abroad. His plea and 17-year sentence should send a strong message to others that our priority is to move aggressively to investigate and prosecute anyone who intends to commit acts of terrorism whether at home or abroad.
Mr. Ferdaus sentence reflects that he alone conceived the plot, was responsible for his illegal acts, and acted purposefully, said Richard DesLauriers, the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI. The FBIs top priority and clarion mission is to detect, deter, and disrupt all potential terrorist threats to the United States. Our community should be proud of the efforts of the Worcester Police Department, U.S. Attorneys Office, and all members of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force. Working in partnership, we seek to disrupt homegrown violent extremists like Mr. Ferdaus who attempt to use violence, rather than democratic means, to achieve their political or social goals.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistance was provided by the Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department; the Ashland, Massachusetts Police Department; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney B. Stephanie Siegmann of the U.S. Attorneys Offices Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.
Stay strong, Boston
I know that one of the nations great cities will rally in the wake of marathon attacks
by S.E. Cupps
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013, 10:41 AM
SNIPPET: According to a 2011 infographic from Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, Bostons high-profile events, including the marathon, made it one of the top 10 potential terror targets in the country, even though there had been no attacks in Massachusetts over the last decade.
And though there had been no attacks, there had recently been some significant ties to terrorist plots hatched in the area.
In 2007, Daniel Maldonado, who had ties to Methuen and Lowell, was charged with supporting terrorists in Somalia.
In 2008, Sudbury resident Tarek Mehanna was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, conspiring to support Al Qaeda and traveling to Yemen in an attempt to get terrorist training.
And in 2011, Rezwan Ferdaus, an Ashland man with a physics degree from Northeastern University, was charged with an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to send a remote-controlled aircraft carrying explosives into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.
His arrest prompted Rep. William Keating, the states only member of the House Homeland Security Committee, to remind his constituents of the dangers of homegrown extremists, even in Bostons tony suburbs.