FBI foils bomb plot targeting Dallas skyscraper

September 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Another alleged domestic terrorist intent on blowing up an iconic landmark, has been arrested on U.S. soil, this time in Texas. A 19-year-old Jordanian citizen living illegally in the U.S. was arrested Thursday in a dramatic FBI sting operation that was taken to it’s culmination.  Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested after he parked a vehicle laden with government-supplied fake decoy explosives at the iconic downtown Dallas 60-story Fountain Place office tower skyscraper and attempted to detonate it, authorities said. Smadi thought he could detonate the bomb by dialing his cell phone, but when he dialed, the number rang a phone in authorities’ possession, the affidavit says.
Smadi originally got onto the FBI’s radar more than six months ago, after he was observed espousing jihad against the U.S. on an extremist chat site, court papers indicate. As more undercover Arabic-speaking agents posing as members of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell engaged him, Smadi, pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and expressed a desire to kill Americans, authorities said.  He told agents he wanted to target military recruitment centers, but eventually settled on financial institutions. Smadi is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and could face life in prison.  Another disturbing element of this case is how Smadi got into this country illegally, which will need to be examined closely. Since he was residing in Texas one immediately could speculate he got into the U.S. from the porous borders of Mexico. Federal officials say the case has no connection with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York or the Thursday arrest of a man facing similar charges in Springfield, Illinois.  In the unrelated Illinois case, undercover FBI agents foiled a plot to bomb Springfield’s federal building, authorities said.

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