Monday, February 20, 2012

Illegal Immigrant Arrested for US Capitol Bomb Plot

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Candice Lanier - A Moroccan man was taken into custody, by the FBI, for attempting a suicide bomb attack on the US Capitol.  Amine El Khalifi, 29, reportedly also considered attacking a synagogue.  El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant, was in possession of WMD when arrested--weapons he believed were from al Qaeda, but which were actually supplied by the FBI, in a sting operation.

El Khalifi’s plan, in addition to detonating a bomb, was also open fire on people.  US Attorney Neil MacBride announced that, "the complaint filed today alleges that Amine El Khalifi sought to blow himself up in the US Capitol building” and added that, "El Khalifi allegedly believed he was working with al-Qaeda and devised the plot, the targets and the methods on his own."  MacBride said that El Khalifi had arrived in the US in 1999, on a visa, but remained in the US, even after the visa expired.  He never applied for US citizenship.

Though El Khalifi acted as a “lone wolf,” according to an FBI affidavit, he did assemble with others, in Arlington, Virginia.  During that meeting, one individual expressed the opinion that the “war on terrorism” was really a “war on Muslims,” which is a proclamation that El Khalifi agrees with.

King on Fox News "Special Report with Brett Baier" 
on U.S. Capitol suicide bomb plot

So, as Rick Moran, writing for American Thinker, queries, what would have been the outcome had the FBI not been involved?  Moran also addresses the anticipated accusations of entrapment, on the part of the FBI.  According to Moran, Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Justice Department, explains that, "at each step, it was the defendant who proposed the alleged plot and sought help in obtaining the weapons to carry it out.

Whenever we conduct an undercover operation of this sort, we fully anticipate that allegations of entrapment will be raised as a defense, and we conduct the investigation accordingly to assure that entrapment does not occur," Boyd said.

“Lone wolf” attacks and attempts are more prevalent in the US than most would suspect.  According to the Anti-Defamation League, approximately 200 Americans have been charged with various offenses indicative of bomb plots, conspiracies and providing material support to Islamic terrorist groups, since 9/11.  Additionally, the number of attempted terror attacks in the US, since the fall of 2009, has "surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period," according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Those whose attempts have been successful would include Nidal Malik Hasan, an American Army psychiatrist who murdered 13 fellow troops and wounded 32, at Fort Hood in Texas and Abdulahakim Mujahid Muhammad who allegedly shot two American troops, resulting in the death of one.  The alleged advance took place at a military recruiting center in Arkansas.

As was the case with Amine El Khalifi, many of these terrorists are motivated by their disdain for Jews.  An example of this occurred in May of 2009, when 3 American citizens worked in conjunction with a Haitian national in bombing two synagogues in New York, in addition to shooting down planes at a military base.

 Another such incident, which yielded lethal results, occurred in July of 2002 when Hesham Mohamed Hadayet shot and killed two Israelis, injuring four others, at the Los Angeles International Airport.  Hadayet, a US permanent resident from Egypt was, according to the FBI, driven by the desire to to "advance the Palestinian cause in the Israel-Palestine conflict through the killing of civilians and the targeting of an airline owned by the Government of Israel."

According to the ADL, American Muslim extremists are sometimes, “radicalized in their communities by a charismatic leader or recruiter, while in other instances, Muslim ideologues – including those born in America – have inspired followers by propagating their extreme ideologies and messages of violence through sermons, videos and other propaganda material disseminated online via blogs, video sharing sites, social networking sites and forums.  The increased ability of communicating online has also given American Muslim extremists access to the ideologies of extreme intolerance propagated by terrorist movements overseas.”

For a more in-depth report on similar terror cases in the US, please view the following document:

Criminal Proceedings: A Timeline of U.S. Terror Cases