Suspect arrested near U.S. Capitol in terrorism probe

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  1. Lever

    Lever New Member Banned User

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    :nooo: I sense a black op on the way!!!

    [h=1]Suspect arrested near U.S. Capitol in terrorism probe[/h]
    [h=4]By Bryn Weese ,Senior Washington Correspondent[/h] [h=5]Posted 5 hours ago[/h] WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Moroccan national was arrested Friday allegedly on his way to carry out a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
    The accused is Amine El Khalifi, 29, who had been living in the D.C. area illegally for several years, having entered the country in 1999 on a three-month tourist visa.
    U.S. authorities had been monitoring El Khalifi closely since December, when he reportedly told an undercover FBI agent he was plotting an attack.
    His arrest Friday follows a lengthy FBI sting operation.
    Undercover FBI agents, posing as al-Qaida operatives, had been working with El Khalifi since December.
    "Today's case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown violent extremists," said Assistant Attorney General Monaco in a statement Friday. "Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, El Khalifi's alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed."
    El Khalifi had allegedly thought about blowing up different targets, including a synagogue and a D.C. restaurant popular with U.S. military personnel, before setting his sights on the U.S. Capitol building.
    Both the House of Representatives and the Senate were in session Friday, but according to authorities, neither lawmakers nor the public were ever in any danger.
    El Khalifi's arrest Friday, "was the culmination of a lengthy and extensive operation during which the individual was closely and carefully monitored," according to a statement from the U.S. Capitol police. "At no time was the public or Congressional community in any danger."
    El Khalifi was arrested in a parking garage Friday afternoon after praying at a mosque and meeting with the undercover agents to pick up what he thought was a vest packed with explosives and a gun.
    Authorities had rendered the bomb and gun inoperable.
    El Khalifi appeared in an Alexandria, Va., court later Friday and faces one charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property that is owned and used by the United States.
    If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
    Authorities said Friday they believe El Khalifi is not affiliated with any terrorism group, and was operating alone, having been radicalized here in the U.S.
    This is not the first time FBI agents have posed as al-Qaida operatives to fool would-be terrorists on U.S. soil.
    In September, a Massachusetts man was arrested for plotting with undercover FBI agents posing as al-Qaida operatives to fly bomb-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.
    And nearly a year ago, a Virginia man was arrested after plotting with undercover FBI agents to bomb the D.C. subway system.
    bryn.weese@sunmedia.ca
     
  2. Mur

    Mur soon VIP

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    U.S. Capitol building? Not sure that would be a bad thing. :bigthink
     
  3. Phil McKrakin

    Phil McKrakin AKA Howie POTY The Bar VIP

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    Welcome to yesterday faggit.
     
  4. HeinousMark

    HeinousMark Creepy-Ass Cracka VIP

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    That kinda doesn't make sense, but with a name like that, he's bound to be up to no good...