Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if threats against the White House have increased while President Trump has been in office?
This one certainly can be added to the list.
A man from Georgia has plead guilty to plotting terrorist attacks against the White House. He also planned to hit other important landmarks in Washington, D.C.
With a name like Hasher Jallal Taheb, it makes you wonder if he is an American citizen or immigrated to the country. If he’s an immigrant, it’s important to ask ourselves why we are putting ourselves at risk letting people like this into the country.
The BBC details:
Hasher Jallal Taheb was arrested by FBI agents last January while trying to obtain weapons, including explosives and anti-tank devices.
The Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument were among his targets, according to the FBI.
He will be sentenced to 15 years in prison on 23 June, 2020.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said Taheb’s plot was “part of what he claimed was his obligation to engage in jihad”.
Taheb was caught following an investigation by the FBI Atlanta’s Joint Terrorism Task Force that lasted over a year.
He was initially reported by a member of his community in Cumming, Georgia, where he lived with his mother and was working as a labourer at a car washing, according to local media. The concerned acquaintance told authorities Taheb had become radicalised and wanted to travel abroad. Authorities said Taheb was influenced by the teachings of the late al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
When he was unable to obtain a passport, he began plotting attacks in the US, including on the Lincoln Memorial and an unnamed synagogue.
Taheb showed an undercover agent sketches of the White House and detailed what types of weapons – like semi-automatic rifles and hand grenades – he wanted to use.
He said he wanted to “blow a hole in the White House” with an anti-tank weapon, according to prosecutors.
Check out some of the latest tweets about the matter:
Below is a video from CBS from January 2019, when the terrorist was arrested: