Saudi student arrested in US terror plot targeting Bush

The homes of former US president George W Bush and American military personnel stationed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were among potential targets scouted by a Saudi student arrested in Texas on charges of attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, the US department of justice said.

It said plans to attack dams, nuclear power facilities and nightclubs were discovered by US investigators, including a scheme to hide explosive devices in dolls and prams, along with extremist website postings. One read: “It is war … until the infidels leave defeated.”

The 20-year-old Saudi national, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday following a tip-off earlier this month when he allegedly attempted to obtain the chemical phenol, a key ingredient in the explosive trinitrophenol or picric acid. After receiving the report, the FBI began an investigation that uncovered Aldawsari’s other purchases of chemicals, including nitric and sulphuric acids, used in bomb-making, along with a journal found at his home that suggested he had long been planning a terrorist attack in the US.

One journal entry describes how Aldawsari sought a particular academic scholarship because it gave him financial help and entry into the US, which he said “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad”.

The entry continues: “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”

The White House said Barack Obama was notified about the case before Aldawsari was arrested on Wednesday.

Unlike several recent high profile arrests for terrorism-related offences, the justice department was at pains to stress that this was not a sting operation.

Aldawsari travelled from Riyadh to the US on a student visa in October 2008, to study chemical engineering at Texas Tech University, and then transferred this year to South Plains College, also in Texas.

According to the affidavit, Aldawsari emailed himself a document with the subject line “Targets,” said to contain the names and addresses of three former members of the US military who had been stationed at Abu Ghraib prison, notorious for the abuse suffered by Iraqi prisoners there at the hands of US soldiers.

In other documents Aldawsari allegedly recorded the names of dams in Colorado and California, and in one email to himself — titled “NICE TARGETS” — he listed hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants. On 6 February, according to the affidavit, Aldawsari sent himself an email titled “Tyrant’s House” containing the address of George Bush’s home in Dallas.

Aldawsari will make his first appearance in court in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The Guardian

  • Hannibal

    Life in prison? I do not want my tax money to be feeding this crazy religious zealot… He should be condemned to death.

  • Life in prison? I do not want my tax money to be feeding this crazy religious zealot… He should be condemned to death.

  • Life in prison? I do not want my tax money to be feeding this crazy religious zealot… He should be condemned to death.

  • prezisanusurper

    He should be sh*t, el*ctro cuted, or water boarded until dead. Immediately

  • Anonymous

    He should be sh*t, el*ctro cuted, or water boarded until dead. Immediately

  • Anonymous

    He should be sh*t, el*ctro cuted, or water boarded until dead. Immediately

  • PROPHET.T

    hannibal. your tax money supported all of these Mujahedeen to begin with.
    No Capital punishment please. No one has the right to decide one’s life or death. Let him rot in jail.

    • 7akibalash

      so what you are saying is that supporting muslims against communist hegemony was a bad thing, and we deserve to be stabbed in the back by people we helped? your logic is something else….
      FYI, when the USA helped the mujahideen in afghanistan the goal was to deminish communist rule and promote democracy, it was a misscalculation on the USA part that muslims wanted democracy to begin with.
      it is not the USA’s fault nor can it be blamed on the USA what the afghanis did with their craphole of a country after US helped with ridding it of the communist russians.
      unlike the unsuspecting people he was trying to blow up, who would have never even seen it coming, he will know what’s coming when they flip the switch on him… kill the bastard!!!

  • PROPHET.T

    hannibal. your tax money supported all of these Mujahedeen to begin with.
    No Capital punishment please. No one has the right to decide one’s life or death. Let him rot in jail.

    • Anonymous

      so what you are saying is that supporting muslims against communist hegemony was a bad thing, and we deserve to be stabbed in the back by people we helped? your logic is something else….
      FYI, when the USA helped the mujahideen in afghanistan the goal was to deminish communist rule and promote democracy, it was a misscalculation on the USA part that muslims wanted democracy to begin with.
      it is not the USA’s fault nor can it be blamed on the USA what the afghanis did with their craphole of a country after US helped with ridding it of the communist russians.
      unlike the unsuspecting people he was trying to blow up, who would have never even seen it coming, he will know what’s coming when they flip the switch on him… kill the bastard!!!

  • lebnaneh

    thats what you get from the arab world blowing up killing nothing else blow him up the same way he was trying to do so

  • lebnaneh

    thats what you get from the arab world blowing up killing nothing else blow him up the same way he was trying to do so

  • Anonymous

    thats what you get from the arab world blowing up killing nothing else blow him up the same way he was trying to do so

  • youyes4u

    Hezbollah were and are the masters of Terrorists,that Saudi Arab guy is a copycat of low life stinky Arabs, the image of Arabs has been stained for many years because of this on going cowardly plots against innocent people.That is exactly what the thugs and terrorists of Dahia did when they attacked peacful unarmed Lebanese towns not so long Ago.Your destiny is Hell sooner or later,One less Arab Terrorist,praise the Lord.

  • youyes4u

    Hezbollah were and are the masters of Terrorists,that Saudi Arab guy is a copycat of low life stinky Arabs, the image of Arabs has been stained for many years because of this on going cowardly plots against innocent people.That is exactly what the thugs and terrorists of Dahia did when they attacked peacful unarmed Lebanese towns not so long Ago.Your destiny is Hell sooner or later,One less Arab Terrorist,praise the Lord.

  • Anonymous

    Hezbollah were and are the masters of Terrorists,that Saudi Arab guy is a copycat of low life stinky Arabs, the image of Arabs has been stained for many years because of this on going cowardly plots against innocent people.That is exactly what the thugs and terrorists of Dahia did when they attacked peacful unarmed Lebanese towns not so long Ago.Your destiny is Hell sooner or later,One less Arab Terrorist,praise the Lord.