Man, 26, charged in plot to bomb Pentagon using model airplane

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Man, 26, charged in plot to bomb Pentagon using model airplane

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:25 PM EST, Wed September 28, 2011




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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a U.S. citizen, is charged in plot to bomb Pentagon and Capitol
  • He was allegedly going to use a $6,500 remote-controlled plane laden with explosives
  • He is accused of pledging jihad against the United States
  • But authorities say he had no real ties to al Qaeda and wasn't a real threat


(CNN) -- A 26-year-old Massachusetts man with a physics degree was arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with a remote-controlled model aircraft, authorities said.
Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen from Ashland, Massachusetts, planned to use model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives, authorities said.
As a result of an undercover FBI investigation, Ferdaus, who has a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston, was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda for attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas, authorities said.
His federal public defender couldn't be reached immediately for comment.
A law enforcement official said Ferdaus posed no immediate danger to the public because undercover operatives kept in close contact with him.
"There is no information to indicate he was connected to a foreign terrorist organization. It appears he was radicalized watching videos on the internet. He was given the opportunity to back down, but he never wavered" from his intention to carry out the attacks, the source said.
The investigation also involved a cooperating witness, and authorities began recording conversations between that witness and Ferdaus in January, authorities said.
Ferdaus began planning a violent "jihad" against America in early 2010, authorities said, and he began supplying the FBI undercover agents with cell phones rigged to act as electric switches for improved explosive devices, intended to be used to kill U.S. soldiers overseas.
Undercover federal agents also gave Ferdaus 25 pounds of fake C-4 explosives. Only a very small amount of it was the real thing, the source said.
The FBI agents also gave Ferdaus six AK-47 assault rifles and three grenades, but they weren't functional, the source said.
Between May and this month, Ferdaus also ordered and acquired a $6,500 remote-controlled aircraft, an F-86 Sabre, that he kept in a rented storage facility in Framingham, Massachusetts, that he maintained under a false name, authorities said. He also planned to use other remote-controlled models of military aircraft, authorities said. The models he planned to use are about one-tenth the size of the actual aircraft.
Despite coming into possession of the plane, another law enforcement official said, "The person was never really a threat."
Ferdaus is unmarried with no children, authorities said.
A federal magistrate in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Wednesday ordered Ferdaus to be held until Monday, when a detention hearing is scheduled, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/28/us/massachusetts-pentagon-plot-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
 

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He should have just launched a missile at it like in the last attack...
 

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Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a U.S. citizen, is charged...
I have noticed that EVERY time the news points out that someone is a "U.S. citizen" what they really mean is that the person is an immigrant from some shit hole country. It's kinda like "young person" or "group of teens" ALWAYS equals black people. When it is a white guy that was born here, they never point it out. "Josh Rawdon, 27, a natural-born American, is charged with..." I wonder what other "News Codes" we will start to pick up on as things get more and more PC.

What a gay plan. The most this plane could probably carry is like 5lbs of C-4. What the fuck is that amount of explosives really going to destroy from the outside of a building? Obviously 5lbs inside a room would fuck shit up, but crashing into the outside and exploding would probably be a waste of time.
 

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I have noticed that EVERY time the news points out that someone is a "U.S. citizen" what they really mean is that the person is an immigrant from some shit hole country. It's kinda like "young person" or "group of teens" ALWAYS equals black people. When it is a white guy that was born here, they never point it out. "Josh Rawdon, 27, a natural-born American, is charged with..." I wonder what other "News Codes" we will start to pick up on as things get more and more PC.
While you are pretty much correct, I will say one thing in defense of that practice - there are different issues when dealing with foreign vs. domestic terrorism. For example, if he was a foreign national the first question is "how did he get in?" With a domestic terrorist, that's not an issue, etc.
 

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While you are pretty much correct, I will say one thing in defense of that practice - there are different issues when dealing with foreign vs. domestic terrorism. For example, if he was a foreign national the first question is "how did he get in?" With a domestic terrorist, that's not an issue, etc.
Oh, I know there is a huge difference, but to the news, shouldn't every U.S. citizen be considered equally an American? You know what I am trying to say here? Once you are accepted as a U.S. citizen, you're in the club and should be treated just like any other citizen. I just think it's funny how you don't even have to hear the name of the person to know that they are a foreigner as soon as you hear the broadcaster say, "A U.S. citizen is charged with planning a terrorist plot..."
 

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Oh, I know there is a huge difference, but to the news, shouldn't every U.S. citizen be considered equally an American? You know what I am trying to say here? Once you are accepted as a U.S. citizen, you're in the club and should be treated just like any other citizen. I just think it's funny how you don't even have to hear the name of the person to know that they are a foreigner as soon as you hear the broadcaster say, "A U.S. citizen is charged with planning a terrorist plot..."
Yup. By hysterically trying to avoid sounding racist, they actually end up sounding racist. That's political correctness in a nutshell.
 

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It appears he was radicalized watching videos on the internet.
Most likely a steady diet of Jersey Shore and Keeping Up with the Kardashians episodes supplemented with videos of squirrels riding Jet Skis.
 

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Who hasn't pledged jihad?
 

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Who hasn't pledged jihad?
Hipsters. Once everyone started doing it in the '70s, it wasn't cool anymore. Luckily for aspiring hipster terrorists, that timetable means that jihad is almost vintage. As soon as all the posers die off via suicide bombing, it'll be cool again.
 

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My uncle (Robert s. Fagenhouse) is a janitor at one of the pentagon inner rings. He wasn't worried in the least, after they got nine elevened they set up a proton force field surrounding the whole building. He was actually out on comp for a few weeks because he broke his nose on it running back from his lunch break.
 

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I heard David Cross made the plane for him.
 

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whatever you do, don't boo this guy or call him a terrorist
 

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I beat it on the first try. Recerd time. Got my inishals in the hall of fame.
Come back to the board when you have some factual information and learn how to spell.
 

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This has to be one of the most retarded terrorist plots in the history of retarded terrorist plots. This makes strapping bombs to retards look like a good idea.
 

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How would you activate C-4 in this situation? A pressure switch in the nose of the plane?

I was under the impression that C-4 required an electrical charge to ignite.
 

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How would you activate C-4 in this situation? A pressure switch in the nose of the plane?

I was under the impression that C-4 required an electrical charge to ignite.
Easiest way is with a blasting cap. There Are electrically fired and percussion blasting caps. I only delt with the electric ones in the airforce. Like others have said, a remote control aircraft can't carry enough
C-4 to do any serious damage.
 

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Easiest way is with a blasting cap. There Are electrically fired and percussion blasting caps. I only delt with the electric ones in the airforce. Like others have said, a remote control aircraft can't carry enough
C-4 to do any serious damage.

I thought I heard that the plan was to just use the explosions to get people to evacuate the buildings and then have snippers picking them off