Just a reminder that a man made disaster can happen any time. And election day is a time to be especially vigilant.
Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, conspired with people he believed to be al-Qaeda operatives to attack the stations at Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House, the indictment said.
An administration official said Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, first drew the attention of law enforcement officials by seeking to obtain unspecified materials. He later became the target of an undercover sting operation, officials said.
According to the indictment, in April Ahmed began to meet in hotels in Northern Virginia with people he believed to be affiliated with a terrorist organization. He agreed to conduct video surveillance of the stations, suggested the best time to attack and the best place to place explosives to maximize casualties, the indictment alleges.
"Today's case underscores the need for continued vigilance against terrorist threats and demonstrates how the government can neutralize such threats before they come to fruition," said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security. "Farooque Ahmed is accused of plotting with individuals he believed were terrorists to bomb our transit system, but a coordinated law enforcement and intelligence effort was able to thwart his plans.
It's significant that we have another wannabe terrorist from Pakistan. The anti-Americanism in that country is very wide and very deep. Couple that with the thousands of Saudi-sponsored madrasses where kids are indoctrinated with hate for the US and the West, and you have literally thousands of potential terrorists graduating every year to be recruited by al-Qaeda, or LeT, or any one of a half dozen other terrorist outfits.
Yes, but don't call them an enemy.