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Would-Be Portland Bomber Made Good Bye Video Before Pulling Trigger

Mohamed Mohamud

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before pulling the switch on what he thought was a bomb at a tree-lighting event in Portland, Mohamed Mohamud posed before a camera wearing a camouflage jacket and red scarf, saying his goodbyes, the Oregonian reports.

The video was shown during the second day of testimony in the trial of Mohamud, who is accused of trying to ignite a weapon of mass destruction on Nov. 26, 2010. 

“Did you think you could invade a Muslim land and we would not invade you?” Mohamud asked, according to the Oregonian.

His attorney claims the government entrapped his client, who never would have considered detonating a bomb if it were not for the prodding of FBI informants, the Oregonian reports.

FBI: Teen Tried to Detonate What He Thought Was Real Bomb in Chicago in FBI Sting

 
 
By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The investigation began with an email message about jihad and ended with a man pressing the trigger on what he believed to be a car bomb outside of a Chicago bar, the Associated Press reports.

On Friday, after months of investigating the 18-year-old U.S. citizen from a Chicago suburb, Adel Daoud was arrested for trying to detonate a phony car bomb, according to the FBI.

Daoud is expected to be charged this afternoon on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, the AP reported.

It’s not uncommon for undercover FBI agents to befriend would-be terrorists and provide them with fake explosives.

Using the same strategy in 2010, a Lebanese immigrant dropped what he thought was a bomb into a trash bin near Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the AP reported.

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FBI Trip Wires Help in Battle Against Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has foiled terrorist attacks and saved lives using so-called trip wires, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the former assistant FBI director in charge of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.

Ronald Kessler writes:

The wires are designed to tip off the FBI of potential terrorists by identifying people who buy suspicious chemicals or are funding enemies of the U.S., author and reporter Ronald Kessler wrote after interviewing Majidi.

Trip wires ended in the arrest of a 20-year-old college student from Saudi Arabia who was accused of planning to blow up the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, according to Newsmax. In a separate case, the FBI became aware of a man who planned to make ricin from castor beans.

“We have a complete set of trip wires for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats,” Majidi said.

Terror Case Against Saudi Man Ends Without Much of a Defense

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The attorney of a Saudi man accused in a bombing plot against the U.S. didn’t present much of a defense, resting the case without any evidence or witnesses to testify, the Associated Press reports.

Closing arguments in the terror case against Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari in Amarillo, Tex. are expected this morning.

If convicted, Aldawsari could be sentenced to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the AP reported. Authorities said the 22-year-old former Texas Tech chemical engineering student had long planned to attack the U.S. and even created a target list that included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

The substance of the defense argument is that Aldawsari didn’t take a “substantial step” to carry out an attack because he never had a bomb, according to the AP.

Govt. Watchdog Finds Shortcomings with FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Tracking Unit

The report says the FBI made some improvements during the course of the audit, but there were still important improvements that needed to be made. The upside is in the past week the FBI has looked pretty good busting up suspected terrorist plots in Texas, Illinois and N.Y.

I.G. Glenn Fine

I.G. Glenn Fine

By Fox News
The FBI unit tasked with tracking threats from weapons of mass destruction suffers from several operational problems, the Justice Department’s top watchdog said in a report Monday, one week after federal authorities charged three people with WMD-related offenses.

Inspector General Glenn Fine, in an audit, reported that many inside the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator Program were not able to identify “the top specific WMD threats and vulnerabilities that faced their particular field division.”

The audit said the FBI also had not established adequate training programs to educate its analysts on the subject or established “specific qualifications” that the WMD coordinators should have.

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