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Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation

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The FBI entraps another peaceful guy that just wants to spread the love of allahbaba in his new land.hooked.gif



Authorities have arrested a Virginia man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation's most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned. 

The man, a Moroccan citizen who has lived in the United States for a dozen years, was identified as Amine El Khalifi, 29, according to a congressional source. He was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. He came onto the radar screen in early December after he told an undercover agent about an earlier plan to bomb a northern Virginia building. 


The suspect allegedly weighed hitting various targets ranging from a military installation to synagogues to a Washington restaurant before settling on the Capitol. 

The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda. He purchased bomb materials including jackets, nails and glue in preparation for an attack. He even conducted a test explosives demonstration in a quarry.  

When he was arrested Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest supposedly packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told. 


A short time earlier, he had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area. His destination was Capitol Hill

The public was never in danger, as he had been under constant surveillance for some time, officials said. The FBI provided the suspect with a disabled gun during their ongoing operation, Fox News has learned. 

In a statement that did not get into the details of the alleged plot, the U.S. Capitol Police said the suspect was "closely and carefully monitored." Capitol Police confirmed the suspect was arrested on Friday. 


"At no time was the public or congressional community in any danger," the department said. 

A senior source involved with law enforcement at the Capitol also told Fox News the investigation was "all very controlled." The source said the U.S. Capitol Police was involved with the FBI and other agencies in tracking the suspect "not more than a year."

An arrest usually indicates charges have been filed in some form, but it's unclear when or how charges would have been filed in this case. It's also unclear if the suspect will be appearing in court Friday. In similar past cases, suspects have made their initial court appearance within hours of their arrest. 


On Capitol Hill, lawmakers in leadership positions had been briefed on the investigation, though rank-and-file members did not appear to have prior knowledge of the case. 

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., called the plot a "stark reminder" of the dangers Americans face. 

"I think it will encourage more of us to take the tunnel. ... Maybe we have to walk around with a little higher level of paranoia," Cleaver told Fox News. 


Sites in Washington have long been a target for terrorists, especially self-radicalized extremists caught in FBI stings. 

In September, a Massachusetts man was arrested for allegedly plotting to fly bomb-laden model planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. FBI agents claiming to be associates of Al Qaeda provided 26-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus with what he thought was explosive material for the remote-controlled planes. 

Nearly a year earlier, a Virginia man was arrested for trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings against Washington's Metrorail system. For months, 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, Va., had been meeting and discussing "jihad" with individuals he thought were affiliated with Al Qaeda, but in fact he was meeting with FBI agents. 

In the past year alone, at least 20 people have been arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. 


"Most of the arrests" have involved "lone wolves," radicalized online and able to use the Internet to build bombs, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate committee last month. 

At the time of Ahmed's arrest in October 2010, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Neil MacBride, said the case showcases "our ability to find those seeking to harm U.S. citizens and neutralize them before they can act."


By Mike Levine

Published February 17, 2012


Fox News' Catherine Herridge, Trish Turner and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Thank Odin that, so far at least since 9/11, the gentlemen that are intent on doing us harm have been so incompetent. that even our FBI can catch them.


When the bad guys learn that if someone gives them explosives or weapons, it is most likely a G-Man, then some one will get through the safety net.


Hopefully, that doesn't happen.


What cause do you guys believe in strong enough that you will wear the jacket, and light the fuse?

Personally, I can't think of any reason that the folks I care about will be any better off if I went to see the Virgins in the great beyond. I don't even like virgins, I like a gal with some experience, so that enticement doesn't really do it for me. Maybe I am that way because I am an unbeliever, I freely admit that. I want no part of an out fit that thinks the way to success and happiness is to spread peace at the point of a spear.

it is tough to reason with someone who is willing to die for the cause.

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