Student Arrested on Suspicion of Plotting Terror Attacks
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, was attending a small college near Lubbock, Texas. The FBI says he purchased chemicals and bomb components and kept a detailed journal outlining his targets, including former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas and dams in Colorado and California.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari reportedly kept a detailed journal outlining his plot for a string of attacks.
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."
He allegedly described some of his planned hits as "NICE TARGETS" and considered nuclear power plants as ripe for destruction. He further had collected the names and home addresses of three former 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.