The FBI has announced its arrest of 20-year-old Saudi student Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari in Lubbock, Texas for “allegedly researching and acquiring materials to make explosives,” according to CNN.
The specific charges listed in the FBI’s official statement include “attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.”
The FBI mentions an email called “NICE TARGETS” that Aldawsari sent to himself, listing “hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants.” Does his choice of targets rate the WMD charge, or was it the chemicals he was after? He was apparently also considering the home of former President George W. Bush as a target, along with local nightclubs, and the homes of three former soldiers who used to be stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. One of his weapon designs involved loading baby dolls with explosives.
Aldawsari’s diary reveals he “sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United State and helped him financially,” according to the FBI. One diary entry concluded, “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.” Fortunately, our counter-terrorism agents had other ideas for how he could use his time.
Aldawsari had apparently completed about two thirds of his bomb project, and was busted when he sought the last chemical he needed, prompting the supplier to contact the FBI. He is due to make his first appearance in court Friday morning, and faces maximum sentence of life in prison, plus a $250,000 fine, according to KDAF News in Dallas.