The Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model airplanes filled with explosives entered a guilty plea in a Boston federal court on Friday.

Rezwan Ferdaus told a packed courtroom, including his distraught family members, that he would accept the plea deal for a 17-year prison term that was hammered out by his attorneys and prosecutors this month.


Ferdaus, 26, of Ashland, Massachusetts, pled guilty to attempting to destroy and damage a federal building, and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.


Ferdaus was arrested after an FBI investigation during which he requested and took delivery of plastic explosives, three grenades and six assault rifles from undercover FBI agents that he believed were members of al-Qaida.

At the time of his arrest, the physics graduate from Boston’s Northeastern University had obtained one remote-controlled aircraft, a scale model of a U.S. Navy F-86 Sabre fighter jet about the size of a picnic table.


The government had alleged that Ferdaus told undercover agents of his plans to commit acts of violence against the United States by “decapitating” its “military center” and killing “kafirs,” an Arabic term meaning non-believers.

Prosecutors said Ferdaus began planning jihad, or holy war, against the United States in 2010 after becoming convinced through jihadi websites and videos that America was evil. {snip}


[Assistant DA Stephanie] Siegmann said there were two main parts of his plan: to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled planes and to kill American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan using improvised explosive devices detonated by modified cellphones.

The planes, measuring 60 to 80 inches in length and capable of speeds greater than 100 mph, would be guided by GPS and packed with 5 pounds each of plastic explosives.


Siegmann said Ferdaus modified 12 cellphones so they could act as an electrical switch for an IED.

After giving the first device to the undercover agents, the agents lied and told him it had been used in Iraq and killed three U.S. soldiers.

Siegmann said Ferdaus was “visibly excited” to learn his device had been used successfully and said, “That was exactly what I wanted.”

Ferdaus told Judge Richard Stearns that he was being treated for mild depression and anxiety before he was arrested and is now taking anti-anxiety medication.


Ferdaus is a Muslim born and raised in Massachusetts to parents of Bangladeshi descent.

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  • Up to my neck in CA

    So what is he??

    “Ferdaus, 26, of Ashland, Massachusetts”
    “Ferdaus is a Muslim born and raised in Massachusetts to parents of Bangladeshi descent.”

    These liberal “spin artists” heads must hurt at the end of the day from all their double speak.

    • IstvanIN

       Rezwan Ferdaus sounds like a good old Yankee name.

  • Rocky Bass,

    I bet it was government agents who “radicalized” this fella so they would have someone to bust for something. I feel so much safer already.

  • Rocky Bass,

    On a side note, have you guys not followed all the DIY drone stuff and the FPV flying that’s getting really popular?  This guy was using all off the shelf stuff pretty much I would suspect.

  • Another “moderate, assimilated” Muslim wishing harm on the country that allowed him in. Nothing to see here, move along folks….

  • Rocky Bass,

     Totally agree, then the gov would not have an excuse to imprison us to “protect” us from the crazies THEY brought in.

    • The__Bobster

      We are importing 100,000 muzzies this year, 11 years after 9-11. Are we insane?

  • (1) He doesn’t belong here
    (2)  His plan was ridiculous and his FBI handlers probably came up with half of it
    (3) The airplane he chose, a Korean War jet fighter/bomber, was actually kind of appropriate
    (4) Really, they should have dropped charges and returned him to Bangladesh

  • KenelmDigby

    What the Hell are Bangladeshis doing in the USA in the first place?

    • They are here to ‘enrich us and provide us strength’ under the banner of multiculturalism and diversity. Heck of a job they are doing…..

  • mikejones91

    Did he actually say that? My Allah, that is too funny.

  • Allerious

    How exactly does one bomb a building with 5 lbs of explosives? Would that even be capable of causing any substantial damage ?

    • Michael C. Scott

      A better question is how a civilian thought he would obtain five pounds of C-4, even though the damage to a large, strongly-constructed concrete building like the Pentagon would be minimal.  I think this weight of explosive is about 50% more than that carried by a Yugoslav 82mm M-60 recoilless rifle projectile, and would blow a hole in a concrete or brick wall big enough to crawl through.  Against a wood-framed family home, it would be devastating, however; the bomb used by Philadelphia police to destroy the house occupied by the black radical “MOVE” group in 1985 was less than half this weight.

      This is really a case of someone who managed to talk himself into a 17-year felony conviction.  He hadn’t handled any explosives, but did show intent.

      On 17 years, he’ll have to serve just shy of 15 years.  Unfortunately, since he was born in Massachusetts, he can not be stripped of his citizenship and deported to Bangladesh.