WASHINGTON — The FBI has arrested a Saudi citizen attending a small college near Lubbock, Texas, on charges of attempting to build and use a weapon of mass destruction after he allegedly purchased chemicals and bomb components and began researching U.S. targets, authorities announced Thursday.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari reportedly kept a detailed journal outlining his plot for a string of attacks. The targets included a dozen hydroelectric and reservoir dams in California and Colorado, and former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas, which he disparaged as the "Tyrant's House."
U.S. military officers who had been stationed at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where Iraqi prisoners were routinely tortured and humiliated.
In addition, the 20-year-old Aldawsari allegedly kept a detailed journal about his plot and regularly posted blogs about his plans to kill Americans. In one entry, he described coming to the U.S. on a financial scholarship that would "[provide] me with the support I need for jihad."
He added, "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."
Aldawsari was being held with no bond.