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FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket

Published January 17. 2019 07:17AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who traded his car for an antitank rocket and explosives in a plot to storm the White House is under arrest, authorities said.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested in an FBI sting operation Wednesday and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the United States using fire or an explosive, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Taheb had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The FBI set up the sting after a local law enforcement agency said in March that it got a tip from someone who said Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel abroad, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in court.

Taheb told the undercover agent he had never shot a gun but could learn easily and also said he had watched some videos of how grenades explode, authorities said.

The affidavit says Taheb told a confidential FBI source in October that he planned to travel abroad for “hijra,” which the agent wrote refers to traveling to territory controlled by the Islamic State. Because he didn’t have a passport, he couldn’t travel abroad and told the FBI source that he wanted to carry out an attack in the U.S. against the White House and the Statue of Liberty.

He met with the undercover agent and the FBI source multiple times last month and was also in frequent contact using an encrypted messaging application, the affidavit says.

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.”

At another meeting, he showed the undercover agent a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House and detailed a plan for attack, the affidavit says. He asked the undercover agent to obtain the weapons and explosives needed to carry out the attack, and they discussed selling or exchanging their cars to pay for them.

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.”

Last week, Taheb told the undercover agent he wanted to pick up weapons this week and drive directly to Washington to carry out the attack, investigators said.

Taheb said they would approach the White House from the back road, causing a distraction for police and then would proceed into the White House, using an antitank weapon to blow open a door and then take down as many people and do as much damage as possible, the affidavit says.

Taheb met with the FBI source and undercover agent on Wednesday in a parking lot in Buford to exchange their cars for semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote detonators and an anti-tank rocket, the affidavit says.

A second FBI source met them and inspected the vehicles, and a second FBI undercover agent arrived in a tractor trailer with weapons and explosives that had been rendered inert by the FBI. The undercover agent and Taheb talked about the guns, how to arm and detonate the explosives and how to use the antitank rocket, the affidavit says.

Taheb and the undercover agent and FBI source whom he believed to be part of his group turned over their car keys to the second confidential source and then loaded the inert explosives and guns into a rental vehicle, the affidavit says. Then, after they got into the car and closed the doors, agents arrested Taheb.

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Wait... Madonna makes the public statement, loud clear and with rehearsed certainty, at last years "Woman's March", attended by hundreds of thousands of protesters she'd thought a lot about 'blowing up the White House', and nothing is done to her, yet this poor fellow gets arrested? Where is the equal justice in that?
He was merely acting on what the bimbo was suggesting. By the way, isn't the Bimbo March scheduled for Saturday? God help us!
I am married to a wonderful woman. She does not subscribe to the lunatics leading such chaos as those womyns marches. I have what's known as a Proverbs 21 wife. Sent by God. She's not a bimbo.
Bimbo isn't that nice you and your Fuhrer have the same remarks for women. Now you say your wonderful women, i wonder how much you charge for this wonderful women. (BIMBO) so you should choose your words about other people more carefully before they come back and bite you.

By the way why do you keep spouting from that fairy tale book.
Here's another name that will get your dander up... Snowflakes.
You are one of them. Meaning: You have an unwarranted sense of entitlement, you're over-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions.

Oh... God is real, he is alive, and His Words live as well. Next time you feel the need for love, who will you reach out to?
Peace tamgrad, you are loved.
A supposed to Christian what a joke as for the Snowflake i been call worse by better people that you are.
So where did that scripture come from. As i thought you probable was molested by a clergyman in you younger years. The only problem is you most likely loved it.

PS: I worked for everything i have i didn't inherit a penny from anyone.

I certainly don't need peace and be loved by any so called Christian. I have never met a true Christian yet if there ever where any I DOUBT.

I stopped reading fairy tale books when i got out of grade school.
Kind of poetic! Republicans think it's ok to have these ridiculous weapons.
Now one their own wants to point at the Eagle's Nest.

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