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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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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!"

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

"alahhhhh backubuh?" 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:

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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19 posted on 02/18/2012 2:24:43 AM PST by Cindy
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“Capitol suicide bomber prayed at notorious Virginia mosque prior to attempting jihad”
Posted on February 20, 2012 by creeping


“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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