Breaking News! Somali Teen suspected of trying to set off bomb in Oregon

Discussion in 'Global Affairs' started by Ibn Hashi, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Ibn Hashi

    Ibn Hashi New Member

    (CNN) -- A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.
    Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and is a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI.
    Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice
    Department said in a written statement, but the device was actually inert.
    "The threat was very real. Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale," said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack."
    The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation during which Mohamud had been monitored closely for months as his alleged bomb plot developed, the Justice Department said. Officials said the public was never in danger from the device.
    According to an arrest warrant affidavit written by an FBI special agent, in August 2009, Mohamud was in e-mail communication with a person believed to be involved in terrorist activities. In December, that person was "located in the northwest frontier province of Pakistan," the affidavit states.
    The two communicated regularly, the affidavit states, and "using coded language, they discussed the possibility of Mohamud traveling to Pakistan to prepare for violent jihad."
    Mohamud attempted to contact another associate who he thought would help facilitate his travel overseas, the affidavit states, but "because Mohamud used the wrong e-mail address in his efforts to contact [the second associate], he never successfully contacted him to arrange travel."
    An undercover FBI employee contacted Mohamud in June under the guise of being affiliated with the associate who was in Pakistan, according to the affidavit. Mohamud met with the undercover operative on July 30 in Portland.
    Mohamud allegedly told the undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated violent jihad.
    "Mohamud also indicated that he wanted to become 'operational,'" the Justice Department said. "Asked what he meant by 'operational,' Mohamud stated that he wanted to put an 'explosion' together, but needed help."
    At a meeting in August, the Justice Department said, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives he had been thinking of committing violent jihad since the age of 15. According to an affidavit, Mohamud then told the undercover operatives that he had identified a potential target for a bomb: the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square.
    According to the affidavit, Mohamud said he was looking for a "huge mass that will ... be attacked in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays." Authorities said Mohamud also said, "... it's in Oregon; and Oregon like you know, nobody ever thinks about it."
    If convicted, of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, Mohamud faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
  2. Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari

    Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    Here. Happens 100% of the time. Not one single case when somebody from "here" met somebody from actually "there". If you are looking for practical ways and somebody offers you materials, be sure, he works for the government.

    The attempts that did not involve government control __before__ actual events happened were either people who were foreigners (Reid, for example) and have been already in contact with people from "there" or people who had means and wits to do it by themselves (Time Square brother and Major Hasan).

    This simple idea - do not trust people offering you material support in terms of Jihaad - needs to be conveyed widely in every Masjid. Whenever somebody offers you something ask yourself: if a person has already the means, why would he need you to push a cell phone button? If he has means to make a bomb here, he surely will be able to get a $1000 old van, would not he?

    P.S. And, in general, all the cases need to be analyzed from the practical point of view and practical conclusions need to be made.
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  3. Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari

    Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    Amusing quote from Wikipedia on the town where young brother was raised.

  4. General Bison

    General Bison <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    Why would he do that?
  5. ^Either the dumbest or most trollish question that one can ask...
  6. The

    The New Member

    Sad story. Sad that the FBI goes out of its way to entrap young Muslim men and convince them of things they would have probably never thought of on their own. Surely, they cooked up such a plan. I wonder how they convinced him. Sad that he agreed to go through with such a plan. Most of the dead would have probably been women and children going to see the tree (moms taking their kids to see the tree). Sad all around.
  7. Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari

    Abu Abdallah al-Bulghari <A HREF="showthread.php?t=70991"></A>

    "Sad" is not the right word here, IMHO. Kuffaar do what kuffaar do. This story illustrate that they are not protecting their ladies and progeny, they are attacking Muslims and Islam, and their means include attacking our sisters, mothers and daughters and our progeny.

    By the way, does making mistakes during Jihaad acts disqualifies those acts as Jihaad and make them crimes, even if the idea behind a particular Jihaad act is to inflict terror in the ranks of Kuffaar?
  8. Layth

    Layth Abu Shawarma

    FBI apparently set up US teen blamed for fake car bomb | Raw Story

    Seems like they indoctrinated the brother and worked on him for months until they finally got him to do what they had planned all along. He wouldn't have done anything if they had not approached him.

    More Muslims in America (especially the youth) should be made aware of FBI tactics. It's really strange that young brothers keep getting set up by informants after so many cases.
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