June 23, 2012

Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack US Capital

I'm banning myself for reporting this news about another guilty plea -- apparently it's Islamophobic to do so. I overlooked it because it was lost in a sea of stories about other terror supporters here in the US:

Amine El Khalifi, a 29-year-old resident of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia in connection with his efforts to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol Building in February 2012 as part of what he intended to be a terrorist operation....

At a hearing today before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris, El Khalifi pleaded guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction (specifically, a destructive device consisting of an improvised explosive device) against U.S. property, namely, the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. As part of the plea agreement, the United States and El Khalifi agree that a sentence within a range of 25 years to 30 years’ incarceration is the appropriate disposition of this case. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 14, 2012.

El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on February 17, 2012....

On February 17, 2012, El Khalifi 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 U.S. Capitol, where he intended to shoot people and detonate the bomb. El Khalifi was arrested and taken into custody before exiting the parking garage.

Thanks to @khanserai.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:51 PM | Comments |