Feds Arrest Man Allegedly Heading to U.S. Capitol for Suicide Mission After Sting Investigation

Mike Levine, Fox News, February 17, 2012

Authorities arrested and charged Friday a Virginia man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks.

The federal criminal complaint against the suspect identifies him as Amine El Khalifi, a 29-year-old Moroccan citizen who has been living in the United States illegally since 1999 after his visa expired. He was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he allegedly expressed interest in conducting an attack. Court documents say he came onto the radar screen in early December after he told an undercover agent about an earlier plan to bomb a northern Virginia building.

According to charging documents, he first entered the country that year on a tourist visa, which expired and was never renewed. Khalifi was charged Friday in U.S. District Court in northern Virginia with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The suspect allegedly weighed hitting various targets ranging from a military installation to synagogues to a Washington restaurant before settling on the Capitol.

The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda. He purchased bomb materials including jackets, nails and glue in preparation for an attack. He even conducted a test explosives demonstration in a quarry.

When he was arrested Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest that he had been led to believe was packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told.

A short time earlier, Khalifi had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area. His destination was Capitol Hill.

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A former landlord in Arlington said he believed El Khalifi was suspicious and called police 18 months ago.

Frank Dynda said when he told El Khalifi to leave, the suspect said he had a right to stay and threatened to beat up Dynda. Dynda said he thought El Khalifi was making bombs, but police told him to leave the man alone. Dynda had El Khalifi evicted in 2010.

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“I reported to police I think he’s making bombs,” Dynda said. “I was ready to get my shotgun and run him out of the building, but that would have been a lot of trouble.”

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  • JackKrak

    “….a Virginia man…”

    Reminds me of “motorist” Rodney King

    • JohnEngelman

      And all those “teens” who have been playing the knockout game. 

    • Up to my neck in CA

       “a 29-year-old Moroccan citizen who has been living in the United States illegally since 1999 after his visa expired.”

      Yet they still refer to him as a Virginia man. The MSM go to great lengths to surpress the truth and twist facts.

  • Authorities arrested and charged Friday a Virginia man allegedly on
    his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide
    attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks.
    The federal criminal complaint against the suspect identifies him as Amine El Khalifi…

    Yeah, a “Virginia man.”  I’m sure he can tell us about great-great-great-grandpa El Kahlifi that fought along side Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Northern Virginia.

    …a 29-year-old Moroccan citizen who has been living in the United States illegally since 1999 after his visa expired.

    Overstayed visas, and not literal border jumpers, is the source of most illegal aliens.  It’s kinda hard for someone from Morocco to sneak into the United States directly.

    • Southern__Hoosier

       Not really there are a lot of OTM (Other than Mexicans) cross the border all the time.

  • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

    These things always seem to involve a hell of a lot of entrapment and leading on by these undercover agents.  Some Muslim idiot says “we oughta bomb the infidels” and the Fibbys take it and run with it, offer to hook the guy up with all manner of RPGs and plastic explosives and then charge him with “really really wanting to be a terrorist.”

    Extreme police state posture gets another month or two of justification, same with budgets, AARP/Fox News crowd gets more on board with invading Iran so that “next time it’s not the Islamobomb.”

    Then Fox News rolls another “donate money to save starving Jewish grandmothers in Israel” commercial and calls you an Anti-Semite Who Hates America for questioning the whole thing. 

    • JohnEngelman

      These methods could have prevented 9/11. 

      • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

        Could have, I suppose.

        But what WOULD HAVE is not letting these people into this country in the first place.  Keeping them out with strong enforcement at the border negates the need for an oppressive police state inside the border.

        That police state is for you and me, John, not the handful of militant Muslims that pop up on radar every year.

      • Easyrhino1

        No these methods would not have prevented 9/11

    • anonymous_amren

      I’m fine with entrapping any “Virginia men” who could be persuaded by someone to carry out a terrorist attack.

  • The local CBS news covered the story beginning with a picture of a generic terrorist.  This was a picture of a white man with blue eyes.  Then they show sketches of the court appearance of the Moroccan who had brown skin and dark eyes – as have almost all terrorists in the US in the last decade.  I phoned the station to complain, but was told that that was from the national network.
    Had the generic photo been of a brown man, and the accused white, one can assume Leftists would have been demanding the firing of the person responsible for the photo and racial profiling, etc. 

  • So let’s see if I have this right:

    The Police are fine and dandy with following up on tips about Americans who might be doing wrong but not for mudlims?  Is this some of that “white privilege” we keep hearing about?

  • jackellis

    Just control immigration and there are no problems with the likes of Amine El Khalifi (a 29-year-old Moroccan citizen who has been living in the United States illegally since 1999). Yes, if you listen to Ron Paul and his small core of patriot supporters – they’ll tell you that most of these FBI sting operations are set-up, entrapments and the FBI can and will do the same to regular Americans like us opposing the New World Order etc. 

    The reality is that regular Americans in all regions of our country strongly support strict immigration policies to keep the worst of the 3rd world out and Muslim terrorists are the worst of the 3rd world. Don’t make things complicated, just get involved locally in your area, work with local Whites and make bad immigration the main issues. Work with NumbersUSA and don’t try to make things complicated and don’t do stupid things like taking the Muslim extremists’ side in their successful operation to build and in-our-face Mosque on Ground Zero to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11-01 Al Qaeda terrorist attack.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “Dynda said he thought El Khalifi was making bombs, but police told him to leave the man alone.”

    Leave him alone you racist Nazi, he is just exploring the religion of peace.