FBI Arrests Man In Texas For Plotting Terror Attack

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Saudi national in Lubbock who has been accused of plotting a terrorist attack. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari now sits in federal custody, facing one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

KRLD’s Phyllis Smith Reports

According to the FBI, one of the 20-year-old’s alleged targets was the North Dallas home of former President George W. Bush — which he referred to by address as “tyrant’s house” in an e-mail sent on February 6.

Documents say he may have tried to bomb an unspecified Dallas nightclub, set off car bombs around New York city, and bomb nuclear reactors.

He also listed 12 reservoir dams in California and Colorado as “nice targets.” The FBI also believes that he was targeting three former American soldiers who were stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The FBI said that Aldawsari acted alone and is not affiliated with a known terrorist group. “It got to a certain where we were very concerned about imminent harm and that’s why we decided to make the arrest,” said the FBI’s special agent in charge Robert Casey.

Aldawsari will face a federal judge in Lubbock for the first time on Friday morning. “Basically, what happens is, he goes before a federal judge and they read the allegations against him,” said former federal prosecutor Johnny Sutton. “They explain all his rights and that he has a right to an attorney, and if he can’t afford one, one will be appointed for him.”

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Court documents show that Aldawsari came into the country on a student visa in 2008. He was attending Southern Plains College near Lubbock. The school confirmed that he was listed as a transfer student who had been enrolled for six weeks. Dane Dewbre, Associate Dean of College Relations at South Plains College, said that Aldawsari had registered for the spring semester in January. “He’s listed here as a General Studies major,” Dewbre said.

Prior to South Plains College, Aldawsari had been a student at Texas Tech University since August 2009. “The FBI has assured us that there was no threat to any of our campuses or even to this area, I believe,” said Dewbre. “Of course, we’re still cooperating with the FBI, on their request.”

The FBI says it was tipped off by a North Carolina chemical company, which became suspicious after Aldawsari ordered the toxic chemical Phenol, a key ingredient to make the explosive TNP.  “We were able to get the shipment returned. So Mr. Adlawasri never received the shipment. And we’ve been working at the direction of the FBI ever since,” Jim Parrish of Carolina Biological Supply told CBS affiliate WFMY-TV

Aldawsari has also been accused of acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an improvised explosive device, and has expressed a desire for a violent jihad. In Aldawsari’s apartment, FBI agents discovered nitric and sulfuric acids, wiring, beakers, flasks, a hazmat suit and a clock. The FBI alleges that he had been planning to attack the U.S. for years. Court documents state that Aldawsari had been researching ways to conceal explosives in infant dolls and backpacks, and had planned to use these tactics to target an unnamed nightclub.
A journal believed to belong to Aldawsari included an extremist entry that said, “After mastering the English language and learning how to build explosives to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad.”

If convicted, Aldawsari faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

This is the second such terror arrest in two years. The FBI arrested 19-year-old Hosam Smadi in September 2009 and charged him with plotting to blow up the Fountain Place office tower in downtown Dallas, where about 3,000 people work during the week. Smadi later pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

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  • Hemroidious

    Wonder how many more we have out there ?

    • Joe Patone

      Tens of thousands.

    • woofy

      why do they let them into America ?

  • tom

    WE just keep finding out about terrorists in the US! When are we going to close our borders??????????????

    • WOOFY


  • Chrystin

    How do you close your borders against Timothy McVeigh? Joseph Stack? Jim Jones (admittedly didn’t commit atrocities in the US, we exported him)? There are lots of aberrant thinkers who are from the US.

    • Ryan Smith

      Perhaps that is true, but you don’t ignore one method of increasing safety and restricting access to those who would attack us, simply because it wouldn’t “CATCH EVERYONE.”

      The speed limit signs do not keep everyone from speeding. . .. should we take those down too?

    • Robert

      I understand what you are saying Chrystin; we would not eliminate all the terrorists by closing the borders, but we would eliminate about half of them. Wouldn’t that be worth closing the borders for?

      • Mia

        I agree with what you are saying Robert. If we can eliminate the ones that come from outside our borders we can focus on the ones within.

    • Joe Patone

      Look at the numbers, genius. There’s a handful of white domestic terrorists in the U.S. compared to the growing number of foreign terrorists living here. Your argument is silly and typical of a brain-dead liberal.

      • Chrystin

        That gave me a good laugh.

  • whowantstoknow

    Send him to ADX in Florence, CO. There’s a couple of spare beds available since Charles Harrellson and Timothy McVeigh went on to their eternal reward.

    The “guest list” there might surprise you.


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  • Tina

    a date with a rope necktie or a case of lead poisoning might get the point across that we aren’t going to house them in prisons and we are fed up with the same ole song and dance.

    • Wm.

      if they want to commit “jihad” then they want to die. that isn’t exactly a deterrent.

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  • Uncle Tom

    We are the only country I know that just lets anybody and everybody come to ur country rather through visas they let run out and stay or over the border illegally and we feed, house, and school their children! Are we nuts or just blind to what were doing? Something has to change!

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  • jessie

    Trash in Trash out. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. He will now rot in jail for the rest of his life.

  • vidkid

    Looks like he’ll have his “desire for a violent jihad” in prison with the hole in the wall gang… if you know what I mean!

    • Mia


  • Thomas

    If this guy was planing to blow up the former Presdent home in Dallas and blow up dam in cal.co. and eleswere .then why are we as taxpayers wasting state /fed money on trash like this .If the courts give him life that just a free ride so why should he care .Just like in services if you commett this type of terriost act then you would be Shot in front of a firing squad.

  • cemeteryman

    The united states has gone to hell in a hand basket. No one cares about their fellow man child or even pets. We let these type of people in and leave them here and they have the same rights as us and more. If your illegally in the states why should you have any rights at all. WE HAVE BECAME A NATION THAT WORRY’S ABOUT EVERY ONE ELSE BUT OUR SELVES. Wake up America the free nation is no more. We lost that at 9-1101.

    • Ronnie

      dang right ! America blows !

  • EARS.....


    • ronnie

      That is because Lubbock still uses the pony express for news !

  • musicalmama

    What we never hear about is when terrorists and jihadists are sneaking across the border relying on the fact that they can pass as hispanic. Our border is like a sieve. We need the national guard down there. While we’re at it, throw out all of the people who have expired visas, I don’t care where they’re from.

  • Raheem

    This guy is not a Muslim. The post above does not contain any verses from the Quran. Why would someone want to falsely state the words of God? Have you no shame? I’m just glad the FBI did their job. This guy probably came here to study, failed, and then resorted to his psychotic mentality to give him some meaning in life. Khalid will rot in jail and then again in the hell fire.

  • Jimmy

    I just left a comment and it is not here! WHY?????

    • Ronnie

      Jimmy you what morons these boards are ! they will delete you for anything !

      • Ronnie

        meant you know what

  • grace

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;”
    With the world becoming “flat” closing borders down makes no sense. For every bad international there are thousands of good ones that have immigrated over who would give their life for this country. Open your eyes to the world around you – most things in life are not black and white.

  • charlie

    Some of you will not like what I have to say but it is the truth so oh well.I like you people hate these terrorists but understand a few things.America has plenty of terrorists living in it who are born and raised in America and are caucasian.Lets take the hundreds of serial killers roaming the streets of America,the rapists,the child molesters,the gang bangers,the wife beaters,the children killers and even the government.Yes america has enough terrorists of its own you muslims stay out of here please

  • charlie

    Do not think all America nees to do is worry about terrorists from other countries.In America a child or woman isnt safe any where they go.Its sickening to watch the news and see all the murders,rapes,elderly being assaulted,child abuse etc..that goes on in America every day!Do you people realize there has been an average of 15 thousand people murdered in America every year for the last 10 or 15 years?There has been an average of 90 thousand reported rapes per year,hundreds of thousands of domestic violence cases every year,countless child abuse and child molesting cases,thousands of missing people incliuding children and teens ect… and this information come from the fbis data base not something i made up.you can google it if you dont believe me.Terrorists are a problem and a threat but America has much larger issues to deal with who are born and raised here and alot of them have blond or light color hair and blue eyes

  • Hemroidious

    Wonder how many of them are coming across the wide open border?

  • Elmer

    Diversity is wonderful!

    • Ronnie

      Diversity blows too ! blacks stick with blacks,same with whites and no one can understand what the illegals are saying.Terrorist stick with terrorist. No we do not have Diversity in Texas.

  • Ronnie

    Why did they arrest him for ? I hate Texas and Texans ! Oklahoma too for that matter .We live in a backwards state run morons like Perry and deserve everything we have coming to us !

    • Mia

      DId you read the article? It states why he was arrested. Geez…

  • Mark Schneider

    Why are we giving student visas to people with names such as “Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari ” so freely? Have we not learned anything from 9/11? The hijackers were here on student visas going to flight schools?!

    • Mia

      I totally agree with you Mark!

  • charlie

    I will say this.I live in Dallas right now but im not from here im from the great cities called Boston and New York,i moved here to get far away from my ex lol.I have never seen so many idiots,azzholes,h0m0sexuals,racists,snobs,fat people,women with boob jobs and fake tans,cheaters,phone christians etc..until I came to dallas.You morons from texas call people from the northeast rude but you people in Dallas are much ruder than we are up there.Your sports teams all suck and choke too lol!Wih all that being said you still do not deserve any terrorist acts done in dallas or any other city or town in america.If this guy really wanted to do those things he needs to be put to death asap

    • DoubleW

      Dallas sucks because it’s full of non-Texans such as transplanted New Yorkers. ;) Yall don’t know how to deal with the heat so you take it out on everyone around you.

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