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Man planning to bomb US Capitol arrested in sting operation
msnbc, nbc ^ | 2/17/12 | staff

Posted on 02/17/2012 3:41:04 PM PST by Nachum

Washington - The FBI and Capitol police arrested a man Friday who thought he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol but was in fact dealing with FBI undercover operatives for the past few months, federal officials told NBC News. The man, Amine el Khalifi, 29, who is from Morocco, was arrested about noon ET Friday near the Capitol after he received what he thought was a firearm and a vest containing explosives from people he thought were supporters of al-Qaida, sources told NBC News. In fact, the vest had inert material that wasn't hazardous,

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1 posted on 02/17/2012 3:41:17 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

The Amish again?


2 posted on 02/17/2012 3:42:20 PM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Jane Austen

Scary stuff! Many more like him out there.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 3:44:07 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Nachum

Inert material....It would have been great to have a
video of him standing in front of the White house
repeatedly pushing the detonator and going, “WTF, WTF,WTF!”
Then being arrested by laughing FBI agents.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 3:45:09 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Nachum

Obviously the result of Obama’s effort to demonize the Congress. He needs to tone down his rhetoric.


5 posted on 02/17/2012 3:47:17 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Nachum

Another one of those Amish workplace violence types.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 3:47:17 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: goseminoles

And more are sneaking into this country. Or admitted as immigrants.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 3:47:54 PM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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8 posted on 02/17/2012 3:51:11 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Nachum

I just read he was in U.S. illegally.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 3:51:15 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Nachum

Why don’t they just give these guys vests with just a little bit of REAL explosives in them? Just enough to send him to his 72 virgins, but not enough to cause other damage.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 3:52:16 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: tet68
repeatedly pushing the detonator and going, “WTF, WTF,WTF!”...

I'd like to see him as well repeatedly trying to detonate, and YELLING at the TOP OF HIS LUNGS:

"Aloha Akbah!" click.

"oh, sh.."

"Alahu Akbar!" click.click.

"umm.... alah akrabah!" click.... click click! click!!"

"alahhhhh backubuh?" click click!! click! click click!!!

"CLICK! CLICK!!!! CLICK!!!"

"chink" as the handcuffs are applied.

11 posted on 02/17/2012 3:59:05 PM PST by C210N
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To: Jane Austen

Nope, just an isolated incident.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 3:59:05 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ColdOne
"I just read he was in U.S. illegally."

Only for the last 12 years or so.

13 posted on 02/17/2012 4:00:28 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

Another case where the feds have to drum up their own business.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 4:01:14 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ColdOne
I just read he was in U.S. illegally.

That's not a problem for him or millions of other illegals.

His big problem is if his suicide plan was successfull, it might have injured or killed some Washington politicians.- Tom

15 posted on 02/17/2012 4:01:43 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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Landlord says he reported terror suspect to police Boston Herald By Associated Press Friday, February 17, 2012 - Added 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — A northern Virginia landlord says he thought a Moroccan man arrested in an alleged suicide bombing plot in Washington was suspicious and called police a year and a half ago.

Frank Dynda said today that a woman who leased an apartment in his Arlington building apparently married Amine El Khalifi and then moved out. He says when Dynda told El Khalifi to leave, he said he had a right to stay and threatened to beat Dynda up.

A counterterrorism official says El Khalifi was taken into custody Friday near the U.S. Capitol with an inoperable gun and inert explosives in a suicide vest given to him by the FBI.

Dynda says he thought El Khalifi was making bombs, but police told him to leave the man alone. Dynda had El Khalifi evicted in 2010.

16 posted on 02/17/2012 4:07:04 PM PST by wtd
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To: Nachum

Was Barack Obama amused?

Anyhow, only because this fellow didn’t try very hard to hide his scheme, actually because he was yacking about it, he was vulnerable to getting caught. He’s probably still happy about it in a sense, because it says “look what could walk up to you tomorrow if we DIDN’T yack about it first.” They’ll coop him up in some humane prison cell at US taxpayer expense and he’ll consider it a small sacrifice for his Allah.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 4:14:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/virginia-man-accused-of-attempting-to-bomb-u.s.-capitol-in-suicide-attack

Virginia Man Accused of Attempting to Bomb U.S. Capitol in Suicide Attack

Explosives Had Been Rendered Inoperable by Authorities and Posed No Threat

U.S. Department of Justice
February 17, 2012

Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON—A 29 year-old man residing in Alexandria, Va., was arrested today for allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb in a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol building as part of what he intended to be a terrorist operation.

The charges were announced by Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

Amine El Khalifi, an immigrant from Morocco who is illegally present in the United States, was charged today by criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property that is owned and used by the United States. He made his initial appearance today at 4:15 p.m. before Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. If convicted, El Khalifi faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The arrest of El Khalifi was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The explosives and firearm that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public.

“The complaint filed today alleges that Amine El Khalifi sought to blow himself up in the U.S. Capitol building,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “El Khalifi allegedly believed he was working with al Qaeda and devised the plot, the targets, and the methods on his own.”

“Today’s case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown violent extremists,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. “Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, El Khalifi’s alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed.”

“This individual allegedly followed a twisted, radical ideology that is not representative of the Muslim community in the United States,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “He became known to the JTTF because of his stated desire to carry out attacks in the U.S., specifically, the U.S. Capitol building. This arrest is the result of dedicated special agents, task force officers and intelligence analysts from the FBI, and our partner law enforcement agencies that make up the JTTF.”

According to the criminal complaint affidavit, in January 2011, a confidential human source reported to the FBI that El Khalifi met with other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 11, 2011. During this meeting, one individual produced what appeared to be an AK-47, two revolvers and ammunition. El Khalifi allegedly expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the “war on terrorism” was a “war on Muslims” and said that the group needed to be ready for war.

The affidavit alleges that El Khalifi sought to be associated with an armed extremist group, and on Dec 1, 2011, he was introduced by a man he knew as “Hussien” to an individual named “Yusuf,” who was, in reality, an undercover law enforcement officer. Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, El Khalifi allegedly proposed to carry out a bombing attack. His proposed targets included a building that contained U.S. military offices, as well as a synagogue, U.S. Army generals, and a restaurant frequented by military officials.

During meetings with the undercover officer, El Khalifi allegedly handled an AK-47and indicated his desire to conduct an operation in which he would use a gun and kill people face-to-face. He also allegedly selected a restaurant in Washington, D.C., for a bombing attack; handled an explosive as an example of what could be used in the attack; conducted surveillance to determine the best place and time for the bombing and purchased materials as part of the planned operation.

On Jan. 7, 2012, “Hussien” informed El Khalifi that he was an al Qaeda operative. El Khalifi allegedly discussed the possibility that his planned bombing of the restaurant would be followed by a second attack against a military installation to be conducted by others who El Khalifi believed to be associated with al Qaeda. The affidavit alleges that El Khalifi understood that his attack on the restaurant would be part of an al Qaeda operation that would include both his restaurant bombing and the attack against a military installation.

The affidavit alleges that on Jan. 15, 2012, El Khalifi stated that he had modified his plans for his attack. Rather than conduct an attack on a restaurant, he wanted to conduct a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol building. That same day at a quarry in West Virginia, as a demonstration of the effects of the proposed suicide bomb operation, El Khalifi dialed a cell phone number that he believed would detonate a bomb placed in the quarry. The test bomb detonated, and El Khalifi expressed a desire for a larger explosion in his attack. He also selected Feb. 17, 2012, as the day of the operation, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit alleges that over the next month, El Khalifi traveled to the U.S. Capitol building on multiple occasions to conduct surveillance, choosing the spot where he would be dropped off to enter the building for the martyrdom operation, the specific time for the attack, and the method he would use to avoid attracting the attention of law enforcement. El Khalifi also asked Hussien to remotely detonate the bomb he would be wearing on the day of the attack if El Khalifi encountered problems with security officers, and to provide El Khalifi with a gun that he could use during the attack to shoot any officers who might attempt to stop him.

On February 17, 2012, El Khalifi allegedly traveled to a parking garage near the U.S. Capitol building. El Khalifi took possession of a MAC-10 automatic weapon and put on a vest containing what he believed to be a functioning bomb. Unbeknownst to El Khalifi, both the weapon and the bomb had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement. El Khalifi walked alone from the vehicle toward the United States Capitol, where he intended to shoot people and detonate the bomb. El Khalifi was arrested and taken into custody before exiting the parking garage.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon Kromberg and Michael Ben’Ary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as Trial Attorneys Joseph Kaster and Courtney Sullivan from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations. As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


18 posted on 02/18/2012 2:18:26 AM PST by Cindy
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MORE articles on this subject:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2012/02/attempted_suicide_at.php

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3450/breaking-would-be-capitol-hill-bomber-nabbed

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/17/feds-arrest-man-heading-to-us-capitol-for-suicide-mission/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-agents-arrest-man-who-allegedly-planned-suicide-bombing-on-us-capitol/2012/02/17/gIQAtYZ7JR_story.html


19 posted on 02/18/2012 2:24:43 AM PST by Cindy
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http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/capitol-suicide-bomber-prayed-at-notorious-virginia-mosque-prior-to-attempting-jihad/

“Capitol suicide bomber prayed at notorious Virginia mosque prior to attempting jihad”
Posted on February 20, 2012 by creeping

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-agents-arrest-man-who-allegedly-planned-suicide-bombing-on-us-capitol/2012/02/17/gIQAtYZ7JR_story_1.html

“Federal agents arrest Amine El Khalifi; he allegedly planned to bomb Capitol”
(February 17, 2012)

SNIPPET: “On Friday, before preparing for what he allegedly considered a “martyrdom” mission, Khalifi prayed at Dar Al-Hijrah, a Northern Virginia mosque, according to its imam, Johari Abdul-Malik, who said he learned of Khalifi’s presence in an afternoon phone call from the FBI.”


20 posted on 02/20/2012 4:30:47 PM PST by Cindy
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WARNING: This article with photos is not for children.

glittarazzi.com/players/112388-top-10-things-capitol-suicide-bomber-amine-el-khalifi.html


21 posted on 02/23/2012 1:52:30 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/virginia-man-pleads-guilty-in-plot-to-carry-out-suicide-bomb-attack-on-u.s.-capitol

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Carry Out Suicide Bomb Attack on U.S. Capitol

U.S. Department of Justice
June 22, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Amine El Khalifi, a 29-year-old resident of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia in connection with his efforts to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol Building in February 2012 as part of what he intended to be a terrorist operation.

The guilty plea was announced by Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

At a hearing today before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris, El Khalifi pleaded guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction (specifically, a destructive device consisting of an improvised explosive device) against U.S. property, namely, the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. As part of the plea agreement, the United States and El Khalifi agree that a sentence within a range of 25 years to 30 years’ incarceration is the appropriate disposition of this case. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 14, 2012.

El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on February 17, 2012. His arrest was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The explosives and firearm that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public.

“Amine El Khalifi sought to bring down the U.S. Capitol and kill as many people as possible,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “He admitted today that he picked the targets, weapons, and means of the suicide attack while working with someone he believed was an al Qaeda operative.”

“Amine El-Khalifi today admitted that he attempted to carry out a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol as part of what he believed would be a terrorist operation,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. “I thank all those responsible for ensuring that El Khalifi’s violent plans never came to fruition.”

“The FBI’s top priority is stopping terrorism, and we remain vigilant against those who attempt to commit violence against the United States,” said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “Today’s plea is the result of the hard work of dedicated special agents, analysts, and prosecutors, as well as officers from our partner law enforcement agencies that make up the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

According to the statement of facts and other court documents filed in the case, in January 2011, a confidential human source reported to the FBI that El Khalifi met with other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Virginia, on January 11, 2011. During this meeting, one individual produced what appeared to be an AK-47, two revolvers, and ammunition. El Khalifi allegedly expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the “war on terrorism” was a “war on Muslims” and said that the group needed to be ready for war.

According to court documents, El Khalifi sought to be associated with an armed extremist group, and on December 1, 2011, he was introduced by a man he knew as “Hussien” to an individual named “Yusuf,” who was, in reality, an undercover law enforcement officer. Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, El Khalifi proposed to carry out a bombing attack. His proposed targets included a building that contained U.S. military offices, as well as a synagogue, U.S. Army generals, and a restaurant frequented by military officials.

During meetings with the undercover officer, El Khalifi handled an AK-47and indicated his desire to conduct an operation in which he would use a gun and kill people face-to-face. He also selected a restaurant in Washington, D.C., for a bombing attack; handled an explosive as an example of what could be used in the attack; conducted surveillance to determine the best place and time for the bombing; and purchased materials as part of the planned operation.

On January 7, 2012, “Hussien” informed El Khalifi that he was an al Qaeda operative. El Khalifi discussed the possibility that his planned bombing of the restaurant would be followed by a second attack against a military installation to be conducted by others whom El Khalifi believed to be associated with al Qaeda.

On January 15, 2012, El Khalifi stated that he had modified his plans for his attack. Rather than conduct an attack on a restaurant, he wanted to conduct a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol Building. That same day at a quarry in West Virginia, as a demonstration of the effects of the proposed bomb operation, El Khalifi dialed a cell phone number that he believed would detonate a bomb placed in the quarry. The test bomb detonated, and El Khalifi expressed a desire for a larger explosion in his attack. He also selected February 17, 2012 as the day of the operation.

Over the next month, El Khalifi traveled to the U.S. Capitol Building several times to conduct surveillance, choosing the spot where he would be dropped off to enter the building, the specific time for the attack, and the method he would use to avoid law enforcement attention. El Khalifi also asked Hussien to remotely detonate the bomb he would be wearing on the day of the attack if El Khalifi encountered problems with security officers and to provide El Khalifi with a gun that he could use during the attack to shoot any officers who might attempt to stop him.

On February 17, 2012, El Khalifi traveled to a parking garage near the U.S. Capitol Building. El Khalifi took possession of a MAC-10 automatic weapon and put on a vest containing what he believed to be a functioning bomb. Unbeknownst to El Khalifi, both the weapon and the bomb had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement. El Khalifi walked alone from the vehicle toward the U.S. Capitol, where he intended to shoot people and detonate the bomb. El Khalifi was arrested and taken into custody before exiting the parking garage.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon Kromberg and Michael Ben’Ary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as Trial Attorneys Joseph Kaster and Courtney Sullivan from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


22 posted on 06/23/2012 12:30:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3637/would-be-capitol-bomber-pleads-guilty

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Would-Be Capitol Bomber Pleads Guilty”
by IPT News • Jun 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm


23 posted on 06/23/2012 12:47:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3746/love-of-allah-fueled-capitol-suicide-bomb-plot

For The Record - The IPT Blog

“Love of Allah Fueled Capitol Suicide Bomb Plot”

by IPT News • Sep 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

SNIPPET: “A Virginia resident who thought he would be serving Allah by becoming the first suicide bomber in the United States was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

“I just want to say that I love Allah. That’s it,” Amine El-Khalifi, 29, told U.S. District Judge James Cacheris before the sentence was issued.

Public defender Kenneth Troccoli echoed that sentiment, telling the court El-Khalifi’s “motivation was simply to do what he thought God called him to do.”

El-Khalifi hoped to detonate a suicide bomb inside the U.S. Capitol in February and was willing to shoot guards who might block his entry, court records show. Law enforcement officials were drawn to him after an informant reported in August 2010 that El-Khalifi had responded to a Facebook posting from Afghanistan inviting people to join the mujahideen.”


24 posted on 09/15/2012 12:53:27 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/virginia-man-sentenced-to-30-years-in-prison-for-plot-to-carry-out-suicide-bomb-attack-on-u.s.-capitol

Virginia Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Plot to Carry Out Suicide Bomb Attack on U.S. Capitol

U.S. Attorney’s Office
September 14, 2012

Eastern District of Virginia
(703) 299-3700
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi, a 29-year-old resident of Alexandria, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, in connection with his efforts to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol building in February 2012 as part of what he intended to be a terrorist operation.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.

El-Khalifi pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 22, 2012.

“Amine El-Khalifi sought to bring down the U.S. Capitol, one of our nation’s iconic symbols,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Since 9/11, our mission has been to find terrorists intent on attacking the United States before they act. On his own initiative, a man living right here in Alexandria selected the target and date of his suicide attack and engaged in surveillance to ensure that his attack caused maximum casualties. Thanks to the steadfast work of the FBI, undercover officers were in position to ensure that Mr. El-Khalifi’s murderous plot failed.”

“Amine El-Khalifi is today being held accountable for attempting to carry out a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol as part of what he believed would be a terrorist operation,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. “I thank all those responsible for ensuring that El Khalifi’s violent plans never came to fruition.”

“Amine El-Khalifi sought to do harm to countless numbers of innocent victims but, through the excellent investigative work of our Joint Terrorism Task Force, this threat was successfully mitigated,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “Today’s sentence is the result of the dedicated effort and partnership of prosecutors and the special agents, analysts, and task force officers from our partner law enforcement agencies that make up the JTTF.”

According to court records and statements made in court, in August 2010 a confidential informant reported that El-Khalifi responded to a Facebook post soliciting interest in joining the mujahideen to fight in Afghanistan, asking the solicitor to contact him. Later, in January 2011, another confidential human source reported to the FBI that El-Khalifi met with other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Virginia on January 11, 2011. During this meeting, one individual produced what appeared to be an AK-47, two revolvers and ammunition. El-Khalifi allegedly expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the “war on terrorism” was a “war on Muslims” and said that the group needed to be ready for war.

According to court documents, El-Khalifi sought to be associated with an armed extremist group, and on December 1, 2011, he was introduced by a man he knew as “Hussien” to an individual named “Yusuf,” who was, in reality, an undercover law enforcement officer. Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, El-Khalifi proposed to carry out a bombing attack. His proposed targets included a building that contained U.S. military offices, as well as a synagogue, U.S. Army generals and a restaurant frequented by military officials.

During meetings with the undercover officer, El-Khalifi handled an AK-47 and indicated his desire to conduct an operation in which he would use a gun and kill people face-to-face. He also selected a restaurant in Washington, D.C., for a bombing attack; handled an explosive as an example of what could be used in the attack; conducted surveillance to determine the best place and time for the bombing; and purchased materials as part of the planned operation.

On January 7, 2012, “Hussien” informed El-Khalifi that he was an al Qaeda operative. El-Khalifi discussed the possibility that his planned bombing of the restaurant would be followed by a second attack against a military installation to be conducted by others who El-Khalifi believed to be associated with al Qaeda.

On January 15, 2012, El-Khalifi stated that he had modified his plans for his attack. Rather than conduct an attack on a restaurant, he wanted to conduct a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol building. That same day at a quarry in West Virginia, as a demonstration of the effects of the proposed bomb operation, El-Khalifi dialed a cell phone number that he believed would detonate a bomb placed in the quarry. The test bomb detonated, and El-Khalifi expressed a desire for a larger explosion in his attack. He also selected February 17, 2012, as the day of the operation.

Over the next month, El-Khalifi traveled to the U.S. Capitol building several times to conduct surveillance, choosing the spot where he would be dropped off to enter the building, the specific time for the attack and the method he would use to avoid law enforcement attention. El-Khalifi also asked Hussien to remotely detonate the bomb he would be wearing on the day of the attack if El-Khalifi encountered problems with security officers, and to provide El-Khalifi with a gun that he could use during the attack to shoot any officers who might attempt to stop him.

On February 17, 2012, El-Khalifi traveled to a parking garage near the U.S. Capitol building. El-Khalifi took possession of a MAC-10 automatic weapon and put on a vest containing what he believed to be a functioning bomb. Unbeknownst to El-Khalifi, both the weapon and the bomb had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement. El-Khalifi walked alone from the vehicle toward the U.S. Capitol, where he intended to shoot people and detonate the bomb. El-Khalifi was arrested and taken into custody before exiting the parking garage.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon Kromberg and Michael Ben’Ary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia’s National Security and International Crime Unit, as well as Trial Attorneys Joseph Kaster and Courtney Sullivan from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


25 posted on 09/15/2012 12:57:26 AM PDT by Cindy
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FYI — Your thread has been updated Nachum.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 2:07:42 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/january/stopping-a-suicide-bomber/stopping-a-suicide-bomber

Stopping a Suicide Bomber
Jihadist Planned Attack on U.S. Capitol

01/04/13

After months of consideration, a target was picked and a date was set: On February 17, 2012, Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi would strap on a bomb-laden vest and—in the name of jihad—blow himself up at an entrance to the U.S. Capitol. If anyone tried to stop him, he would shoot them with a MAC-10 assault weapon.

That’s how the 29-year-old Northern Virginia resident believed events would unfold that Friday morning when he emerged from his car—suicide vest on and weapon by his side—in a parking garage near the Capitol.

“He totally believed he was going to die in the attack, and he seemed very much at peace with it,” said a special agent on our Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) who investigated the case. “The day of the attack, he was happy.”

What El-Khalifi didn’t know was that “Yusuf,” the supposed Al Qaeda operative he was conspiring with, was actually an undercover FBI agent—and the would-be terrorist’s every move was being monitored by members of our Washington Field Office JTTF. Although El-Khalifi believed he was going to kill many people that day in the name of jihad, the explosives in his vest and the assault weapon had been rendered inoperable by FBI technicians.

A Moroccan citizen who came to the U.S. more than a decade ago, El-Khalifi initially embraced Western culture. But in 2010 he began posting radical jihadist messages online and expressed an interest in joining the mujahedeen to fight in Afghanistan. “As far as we know,” said the special agent who investigated El-Khalifi, “he became radicalized online.”

In January 2011, El-Khalifi met with individuals in a Washington suburb where jihad was endorsed and weapons were displayed. By the end of 2011—after he had been introduced to our undercover agent—El-Khalifi was actively seeking to join an armed extremist group, and he suggested bombing attacks on targets ranging from a local synagogue to a restaurant frequented by U.S. military officials.

During meetings with our undercover agent, El-Khalifi handled weapons and explosives and said he would use a gun to kill people face-to-face. Finally, in January 2012, after a test explosion in a West Virginia quarry (carefully monitored by the JTTF) El-Khalifi decided to attack the Capitol building. It would be a suicide mission.

Over the next month, the would-be bomber visited the Capitol building several times to conduct surveillance. On the morning of February 17, El-Khalifi drove to the parking garage and put on the suicide vest. As he walked toward the Capitol, he was quickly arrested.

Four months later, El-Khalifi pled guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. In September, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

“This case ended well, thanks to the work of the JTTF,” our agent said. “All our JTTF partners, including state and local law enforcement, played a key role. It’s scary to consider this guy’s intentions,” the agent added. “He was totally rational. There was no disconnect from reality—he was going to kill people and he felt that was the right way to express his religious beliefs.”

The agent noted that one of El-Khalifi’s original plans was to take an automatic weapon to a shopping mall and shoot as many people as possible. “It’s frightening to think what might have happened if he had not shown up on the FBI’s radar.”

Resources:
- Press release
- More on Joint Terrorism Task Forces


27 posted on 01/05/2013 12:34:45 AM PST by Cindy
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"But in 2010 he began posting radical jihadist messages online and expressed an interest in joining the mujahedeen to fight in Afghanistan."

28 posted on 01/05/2013 12:37:59 AM PST by Cindy
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