Saturday, February 18, 2012

TERRORIST APPREHENDED NEAR U.S. CAPITOL

In a FBI counter terrorism sting operation on Friday, agents arrested a man for the intent to detonate a bomb and kill citizens at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  

Amine El Khalifi intended to self detonate a bomb and use a fully automatic Mac-10 machine gun.  FBI agents had infiltrated his operation. Undercover FBI Agents had worked with El Khalifi to expose his plan.  Agents were able to provide him a bomb like device without explosives.  Agents also disarmed the Mac-10 machine gun so it would not fire.  Undercover agents were with El Khalifi as he parked in a parking garage near the Capitol.  A team of FBI counter terrorism agents arrested El Khalifi before he exited the garage towards the Capitol. The agents had been observing and working with him for a considerable amount of time to thwart his plans and to uncover other terrorist networks.

Amine El Khalifi is a 29 year old Moroccan.  The Moroccan was an illegal immigrant who resided in Virginia.

El Khalifi divulged he was connected to Al-Qaeda's terrorist operations.  He had stated to undercover agents that he had selected the target and the plan was his own.

FBI agents revealed that this was a deviation from other tactics for Al-Qaeda.  Using a lone wolf to target a high profile target like the Capitol.

While US authorities have been on alert to terrorism plots in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, in which terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, “I think we have this false sense that a suicide bombing… is unlikely to happen here,” said Frances Townsend, former homeland security advisor to president George W. Bush.
Townsend profoundly concluded, “We shouldn’t assume that we’re immune from it here.

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