Nothing to see here.
Just another case of Jihadus Interruptus. One of seemingly countless such cases that continue popping up continually.
In a last-minute news conference, federal investigators announced that a joint terrorism task force, led by the FBI arrested Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, after an investigation showed he wanted to attack several federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Taheb in federal court, he wanted to travel overseas for “hijrai,” which is a term used to describe going to the territory controlled by ISIS.
After attempting to sell his car to help fund his travels, he told a confidential source that “he wished to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty.”
In December 2018, the complaint says Taheb met with an undercover agent and he showed the agent “a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House” and “described his plan for attacking the West Wing.”
A week later, he met with the undercover agent again and “broadened his prospective targets in the Washington, D.C. area and indicated he wished to attack the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and a specific synagogue.”
Taheb also outlined the weapons he wanted to purchase during that meeting, which included semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, an anti-tank rocket and hand grenades.
Taheb explained that the group would attack the White House by approaching from the back road, causing a distraction for police, and then proceeding into the White House. According to Taheb, the (anti-tank rocket) would be used to open a door and move in. Taheb said he planned to get as many people as possible and do the most damage. Taheb specifically noted the areas where the Secret Service and Homeland Security operated in the White House.”
Agents arranged to meet with Taheb Wednesday and took him into custody.
I’m sure that we’ll soon be treated to the usual, “He was mentally ill” and “He was a naive lad who was entrapped by the FBI” routine. At this point, it’s all been thoroughly choreographed.
During one meeting with the agent and the source, Taheb “advised that if they were to go to another country, they would be one of many, but if they stayed in the United States, they could do more damage,” the affidavit says. Taheb “explained that jihad was an obligation, that he wanted to do as much damage as possible, and that he expected to be a `martyr,’ meaning he expected to die during the attack.”
Taheb told the undercover agent they needed a “base” where they could regroup and where he could record a video to motivate people: “He stated he would be the narrator, clips of oppressed Muslims would be shown, and American and Israeli flags would be burned in the background.”
Yes, it is about Islam.