FBI Arrests Jordanian Jihadist for Attempting to Bomb 60-Story Dallas Skyscraper - Video Report 9/24/09
Here is a video report from KDFW-TV in Dallas about the FBI arrest of a Jordanian man who tried to bomb a downtown Dallas 60-story skyscraper today.
A 19 year-old man, Mosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested and charged for "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction."
Dallas FBI agents arrested a Jordanian citizen Thursday afternoon for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Downtown Dallas.
According to the bureau, 19-year-old Mosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested and charged for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Smadi had been under continuous FBI surveillance and was arrested after he allegedly placed and tried to detonate an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower located at 1445 Ross Avenue, the FBI said.
According to a press release, Smadi is in the United States illegally and had been living and working in Italy, Texas.
"He has repeatedly espoused his desire to commit violent Jihad and has been the focus of an undercover FBI investigation," the release states.
Undercover agents posing as members of an al-Qaida sleeper cell were introduced to him and they said he made clear his intention to serve as a soldier for Osama Bin Ladin and al-Qaida. He told them he came to the country specifically to commit violent Jihad "for the sake of God."
The agents meeting with Smadi said they at one point tried to discourage him from violence, the release states.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Smadi said in his native Arabic language, "Oh my brothers! O how I love, my brothers, to perform Jihad with you in the same rank, in the same field, against the enemy. I have chosen to be a Mujahid with my self, blood, soul and body. [That is] more precious to me than this world and its money, women and amusements. By God, I shall support Osama, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, al-Rantisi and all who performed Jihad in this world."
In June, Smadi allegedly met with the undercover agents to discuss possible targets, which included the National Guard Armory, a Dallas airport and an unidentified bank near the airport. In July he reportedly told the agents he had changed his mind about the initial targets and instead identified the Wells Fargo bank located inside the downtown Dallas skyscraper, according to the affidavit.
"I have decided to change the target. Let us make it the big fish instead of the smaller fish; they are all fish in one sea - the main bank for the city and not the branch that we had identified. God willing, the strike will be certain and strong. It will shake the current weak economy in the State and the American nation because this bank is one of the largest banks in this city," Smadi is quoted in the affidavit. . . .MORE