Terrorist plots uncovered in the US since 9/11
At least 21 plots to launch attacks on American soil have been thwarted. Here's a chronology.
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Federal agents and local police raided the Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany, N.Y., and charged Araf, a Kurdish refugee, and Hossein, the Bangladesh-born founder of the mosque, with plotting to buy a shoulder-fired grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat in New York. The charges stemmed from an FBI sting operation, in which an informant solicited the two men to help him carry out the "assassination." Aref and Hossain were found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to conceal material support for terrorism and later sentenced to 15 years in prison.Skip to next paragraph
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Lodi case – June 2005
Two US citizens – Umer Hayat, a Pakistani immigrant, and Hamid Hayat, his American-born son – were arrested in the rural Central Valley town of Lodi, Calif., after allegedly lying to the FBI about Hamid's attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. Hamid Hayat was found guilty of supporting terrorism and was sentenced to 24 years. His father's trial ended in a mistrial. He later pleaded guilty to lying to customs agents in attempt to carry $28,000 into Pakistan.
Los Angeles plot – August 2005
Four members of a local terrorist cell, Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS), were arrested in Los Angeles and charged with conspiring to attack the L.A. International Airport, a US military recruiting center, and the Israeli Consulate. Kevin James allegedly founded JIS while in prison, converting co-conspirators Levar Haley Washington, Gregory Vernon Patterson, and Hammad Riaz Samana. James and Washington pleaded guilty in December 2007. James received 16 years in prison and Washington 22 years. Patterson received 12 years, 3 months. Samana was found unfit to stand trial and detained in a federal prison facility.
Michael Reynolds was charged with involvement in a multistate plot to blow up a Wyoming natural-gas refinery and other pipeline and refinery targets. He was arrested while trying to pick up a $40,000 payment for planning the attack. Shannen Rossmiller, his purported contact, was a Montana judge who was working with the FBI to nab terrorists online and had been corresponding with Reynolds. The FBI later tracked explosives in a storage locker in Reynolds's hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Reynolds was convicted of providing material support to terrorists and three explosives-related charges. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.