October 27, 2010

Breaking: VA Man Arrested For Plotting DC Attacks



A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings around the nation's capital, according to U.S. officials.

Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today and charged with providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack.

According to an indictment filed in U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, between April 2010 and Oct. 25, Ahmed repeatedly met with individuals he thought were affiliated with Al Qaeda to discuss "jihad."[More..]

Will update when more information available

Update: The indictment in pdf format is here.

Update. Hetz Shahor asks "Is structuring fi sibeel Allah a Federal offense?" From the indictment against Farooque Ahmed:


UPDATE by Rusty:

* On April 18, "Ahmed allegedly drove to a hotel in Dulles, Va., and met with a courier he believed to be affiliated with a terrorist organization who provided Ahmed with a document that provided potential locations at which future meetings could be arranged."

* On or about May 15, "at a hotel in Herndon, Va., Ahmed allegedly agreed to watch and photograph another hotel in Washington, D.C., and a Metrorail station in Arlington, Va., to obtain information about their security and busiest periods."

* On or about July 19, "in a hotel room in Sterling, Va., Ahmed allegedly handed a memory stick containing video images of a Metrorail station in Arlington to an individual whom Ahmed believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida."

* On that same day, "Ahmed allegedly agreed to assess the security of two other Metrorail stations in Arlington as locations of terrorist attacks."

* On or about Sept. 28, "in a hotel room in Herndon, Ahmed handed a USB drive containing images of two Metrorail stations in Arlington to an individual whom Ahmed believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida."

* On or about Sept. 28, "Ahmed provided to an individual whom he believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida diagrams that Ahmed drew of three Metrorail stations in Arlington and provided suggestions as to where explosives should be placed on trains in Metrorail stations in Arlington to kill the most people in simultaneous attacks planned for 2011
Yet another shaheed insh'Allah off the streets. What is that, two more American Muslims indicted on terror related charges this week alone?

Ooops, did I just say that out loud. I'm preemptively firing myself before NPR hires me, Media Matters finds that quote, and then fires me for ever questioning the all-religions-are-basically-the-same meme.

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