Author Archives: Wes Bruer

Attorney General Holder addresses Awlaki killing

Holder failed to give any real legal basis for the targeted killing of Awlaki, offering only political rhetoric to explain the Obama administration’s decision to take out one of America’s most wanted terrorists.

Terror plot foiled in NYC

Jose Pimentel sympathized with al Qaeda and plotted to use pipe bombs to attack police stations, post offices, and soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

US citizen plotted aerial ‘drone’ strikes on Pentagon and Capitol

Rezwan Ferdaus, a physicist from Massachusetts, planned an assault that involved striking the Pentagon and the Capitol using airplane models carrying bombs, blowing up bridges, and shooting politicians. He also sought to aid al Qaeda by building detonation devices for use in killing US soldiers overseas.

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Two Iraqi nationals living in the US have been indicted on numerous terror-related charges. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi are also alleged to have played a role in attacks against US forces in Iraq before moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Neither is charged with planning attacks within the US.

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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been given until Aug. 19 to have the opportunity to reach a plea deal with prosecutors for his role in the 2009 Christmas Day plot to blow up an airliner over Detroit. Abdulmutallab’s trial is set for October and he will be representing himself during his court hearings.

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Colleen LaRose, who is better known as “Jihad Jane,” pled guilty in a Philadelphia federal court today. She was charged with aiding foreign terror suspects and plotted to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed.

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Antonio Martinez, who is also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate a car bomb outside an Armed Services recruitment center in Maryland. According to the Justice Department, the plot was a sting operation, and it doesn’t appear Hussain had any outside help.

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Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old Virginian, was taken into custody today. Ahmed believed he was assisting al Qaeda to plan attacks on Washington DC’s metro station. The FBI was aware of his activity before the attempt and had been watching him closely until his arrest.

‘Dry run’ terror plot discovered on US-bound flight to Amsterdam

Pictures of the two suspected terrorists, from ABC News. Two Michigan men were detained in Amsterdam after arriving from Chicago and charged with “preparation of a terrorist attack.” Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi raised eyebrows when officials found a knife, a box cutter, and a cell phone taped to a Pepto […]

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Two men were questioned and charged with “preparation of a terrorist attack” by Dutch authorities after arriving in Amsterdam from Chicago. The men, Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi from Michigan, alarmed authorities for their suspicious luggage, including a cell phone taped to a bottle, a knife, and a box cutter.

Shabaab: from Mogadishu to Minnesota

Since last year’s reports of “more than twenty” Somali youths from Minnesota going missing, all presumed to have been recruited to fight in Somalia alongside the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab, several new cases involving other Somali-Americans providing assistance to or attempting to join the terrorist organization have kept the counterterrorism community on edge. Indictments, superseding indictments, […]

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A federal grand jury in North Carolina has convened to consider evidence against 24-year-old Samir Khan. Khan is believed to be the editor of “Inspire” magazine, the al Qaeda online publication that promoted jihad and aims to recruit young Westerners. The charges being considered are conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to […]

Alaskan plot influenced by Awlaki

Paul and Nadia Rockwood. Photo from FOX News. An Alaskan husband and wife have pled guilty to lying to Joint Terrorism Task Force agents about their plot to target and kill individuals who “desecrated Islam.” Paul and Nadia Rockwood of King Salmon, a small community with a population of only a few hundred, were accused […]