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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Christopher Paul – June 2008Skip to next paragraph
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Mr. Paul, a US citizen, joined Al Qaeda in the 1990s and became involved in conspiracies to target Americans in the US from overseas. He became involved in a terror cell in Germany in 1999. When he returned to Ohio, he was arrested for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction "against targets in Europe and the United States." Paul pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 20 years.
Synagogue terror plot – May 2009
Four men were arrested for plotting to blow up Jewish centers in the Bronx and shoot down planes at a nearby Air National Guard Base. They were caught placing what they thought were bombs in buildings and a car. Undercover agents sold them the explosives, which were fakes. All four – James Cromite, David Williams, Onta Williams, and Laguerre Payen – pleaded not guilty in September 2009. Trial is set for June 2010.
Sources: Associated Press, Buffalo News, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Washington Post, The Heritage Foundation, CNN, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, Voice of America, New York Daily News, The New York Times, US Department of Justice, Global Security.org
Bombing campaign - February 2011
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Saudi citizen and community college student in Lubbock, Texas, was arrested by the FBI in February of 2011. The case against him alleges that he was trying to obtain chemicals and had scoped out possible targets. Authorities say they found emails from Aldawsari that showed he had the Dallas address of former President George W. Bush labeled 'Tyrant's House' and information about infrastructure such as dams and nuclear power plants. He is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, entered in US District Court, Northern District of Texas.