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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Ahmed, from Pakistan, and Sadequee, an American of Bangladeshi descent, were charged with conspiracy. Sadequee was also charged with lying to authorities regarding another terror investigation. It was alleged that the two went to Canada to meet with co-conspirators and made videos to send to extremist groups. Ahmed was found guilty of conspiracy in June 2009. Sadequee, whose trial began in August 2009, was also convicted. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18.
Sears Tower plot – June 2006
Seven men, all of Haitian descent, were arrested in Atlanta and Miami. Authorities said the men, led by Narseal Batiste, conspired to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami. Five of the men are US citizens, one a legal immigrant, and one an illegal immigrant. All seven – Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Burson Augustin, Rotschild Augustine, Naudimar Herrera, Lyglenson Lemorin, Stanley Grant Phanor – pleaded not guilty. Lemorin was acquitted in December 2007, and no verdict was returned for the other defendants. A second trial ended in mistrial in April 2008. The third trial ended in May 2009, with all convicted except Herrara.
Hudson River bomb plot – July 2006
Assem Hammoud, an alleged Al Qaeda loyalist living in Lebanon, was arrested abroad along with seven others for plotting to bomb New York train tunnels. He was held by Lebanese authorities but never extradited (the US does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon). He was released on bail in June 2008 and is awaiting trial in Lebanon.
Liquid explosives plot – August 2006
British authorities arrested 24 suspects who allegedly conspired to blow up as many as 10 US-bound passenger jets, using liquid explosives hidden in their carry-on bags. The case had an immediate impact on travelers worldwide, resulting in new restrictions on the amount of liquids airline passengers could carry in a carry-on.
Fifteen of the 24 arrested were charged with conspiring to commit murder. Only eight were brought to trial in April 2008. In September 2009, a jury found the men not guilty of targeting an airplane, but found three guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Verdicts could not be reached on four others, and one was cleared.
Hassan Abujihaad – March 2007
The former US Navy sailor was accused of supporting terrorism, including giving the locations of Navy ships to Azzam publications, an organization accused of providing material support and resources to terrorists. He was convicted in May 2008 and sentenced to 10 years.