Skip to comments.Authorities: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled [USAAG calls Moroccan "homegrown"]
Posted on 02/17/2012 8:40:00 PM PST by Hunton Peck
A 29-year-old man from Morocco was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to bomb the U.S. Capitol building in a suicide attack, authorities said.
"Today's case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown violent extremists," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco. "Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, El Khalifi's alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed."
The suspect, an immigrant from Morocco, is in the United States illegally. He had been closely monitored as part of a lengthy and extensive undercover operation, police said, adding that U.S. Capitol Police had been "intimately" involved in the investigation.
The suspect entered the United States in June 1999 on a B2 visa -- which allows for trips for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment, according to an FBI affidavit. His visa expired that same year and he has been living in the United States illegally ever since.
In January 2011, a confidential source reported to the FBI that El Khalifi met with other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Virginia. A person there produced what appeared to be weapons and El Khalifi "expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the 'war on terrorism' was a 'war on Muslim,' and said that the group needed to be ready for war," the affidavit read.
At another point, El Khalifi allegedly said he would "be happy killing 30 people," it said.
El Khalifi thought he had met al Qaeda members who would assist him, but in fact he was dealing with undercover FBI agents, said the second source....
President Barack Obama was informed on Thursday about the FBI's plan to arrest El Khalifi, a White House spokesman said.
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I thought the Jihadi was here illegally and definitely NOT a Natural Born Citizen.
The only thing homegrown is the FBI’s construction of plausible belts.
It must really be bad if the only way the government can save us from the terrorist is to create, finance and supply them......not to mention dropping them off at the nearest DC corner.
Sad. Very very sad indeed.
When any foreigner who can touch his toe on American soil is an automatic American then yes I guess in a strange perverted democrate kind of way the guy is 'homegrown'.
According to Monaco, once a terrorist reaches our shores he’s home grown. I guess that makes the 9/11 terrorists home grown too. What outrageous nonsense!
The only reason to play games with this guys was to find out if he had any contacts. Other than that..he should have been deported when he first came to FBI attention. Just like all other illegals.
What world are you living in?
In my pathetic part of the world, these illegals are given free medical care, setion 8 housing, food stamps, cell phones, college educations, and democrat registration cards.
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“Bizarre” is normal in the top ranks of the Dept. of Justice.
Also, Moussaioui is a Moroccan. Some writers on security have said that Moroccan muslim extremists are among the most fanatical of all.
I don’t think that Napolitano and DOJ even know where Morocco is.
At least the FBI is doing a good job of stopping these islamofascists.
Now the media can tell us they have no idea what motivated him to try to blow up the Capitol.
Oh, good grief. Lefties are claiming the guy is innocent and the authorities aided and abetted him and put the thoughts in his mind.
> Oh, good grief. Lefties are claiming the guy is innocent
> and the authorities aided and abetted him and put the
> thoughts in his mind.
I can promise you they would not say that if he were a Christian.
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