FBI: Man Plotted to Fly Drone-like Toy Planes with Bombs into School

CBS News, April 8, 2014

A Moroccan national was detained without bail in Connecticut after FBI agents discovered his plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices made out of radio-controlled airplanes into a school and a federal building, according to federal authorities.

The FBI arrested 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti on Monday on immigration-related charges, and he may later face terrorism charges in a federal grand jury investigation, federal prosecutors said. {snip}

Authorities didn’t disclose the exact locations of the alleged targets, only that Fahti purportedly planned to fly the bombs into an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut, the Post reported.

The FBI said Fahti was secretly recorded by an undercover agent saying he studied the bomb attack operation for months. Authorities say they found wires and tools in his Bridgeport apartment but didn’t say if any explosives were found.

Fahti told the undercover agent that he could obtain items needed for the bomb plot in Southern California near the Mexico border and that funding would come from secret accounts filled with laundered money and drug-dealing profits, the FBI said.


Fahti was facing deportation to Morocco and made the false statements while seeking political asylum in the U.S., authorities said.

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  • dmxinc

    Was is a Moroccan national in Connecticut in the first place?

    How many of our politicians will even have that question cross their minds?

    • rasher223

      That’s what I’m saying. What the hell is a moroccan doing here to begin with?

      He’s supposed to be on the other side of the world.

      The govt tries to bring that s*it into my backyard then I might have to take out the garbage.

  • All hail glorious diversity in action!

  • Jesse James

    I am looking forward to reading more about this plot and exactly how the FBI discovered it. If they run true to form they will have discovered it because some agent of theirs suggested it in the first place.

    • DNA Explains It All


    • MBlanc46

      That’s a good guess. Instead of going after real bad guys, the Feds prefer to spend our tax money setting up mopes like this guy.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Officials said Fahti stayed in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University.


    It’s such shame those vicious white racists oppose amnesty.

  • Lewis33

    If it weren’t for the fact that it would grow our gov. even more…I might start rooting for these guys to succeed once in awhile.

  • Extropico

    I would advise the wonderful African gentleman to request asylum for homosexual persecution back in Morocco. The LGBT mafia will have his backside, for sure.

  • sbuffalonative

    The first time I saw something like this was on the old Superman TV show. I have long been surprised no one ever thought to try something like this in all those years.

  • IstvanIN

    The legacy of anti-Moroccan bigotry in the US is a shameful part of our history. Only by respecting the Moroccan contributions to western civilization and increasing both Moroccan immigration to the US while increasing aid to the Moroccan government can we even hope to begin to heal the wounds and prevent defensive acts like this in the future.

  • Easyrhino1

    Sounds like yet another one of the FBI’s alleged thwarted terrorist plots where they find some dunce with nothing to lose, convince him to do something really dumb only so they can catch him in the act.

    How else can the feds justify budget increases.

    • That’s pretty much what I wrote as a reply up above before I read all the comments. The feds are catching the really, really dumb ones precisely because they are the easiest to catch.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Fahti told the undercover agent that he could obtain items needed for the bomb plot in Southern California

    Did he get “what he needed” from Leland Yee??


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      Fahti said he got “what he needed” on the Cal/Mex border. Yee was competing with Holder’s gunrunning operation and had to be outted.

  • Garrett Brown

    Fahti has been watching too much batman.

    • I always get my supplies from Dr. Fu Manchu’s secret base in the Himalayas. I order through Amazon dot com, and he sends the stuff via FedEx. He may be strange and insidious, but he’s a good guy. I invariably give him good customer reviews.

      I wonder if he’s got any specials on components for tying fishing flies. His prices are good, so he could probably beat Cabela’s or Dick’s.

      • Garrett Brown


  • Anon

    A good question. Here are some more interesting questions false flag operations like this bring up (because, it is ridiculously unlikely he could get either a large enough RC plane or powerful enough explosive).
    1. We do in fact have an open door policy for muslims. In fact, for years after 9/11 and probably still true today, no non-muslim and certainly no American had any say, oversight or even veto ability on muslim travel documents. Such interesting places as iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, even really crazy places like Haiti, the congo and Liberia, some easily bribable, probably member of various murder/rape gangs, criminal official who probably couldn’t even read would just rubberstamp travel documents and anyone of a mind to would waltz right into the US, no questions asked. With all the supposed al-queda (The Toilet) and other fictional terrorist groups, why isn’t real, successful, bloody terrorism common place in the US?
    2. How come 100% of the “terrorists” caught are all magically working with FBI agents and caught in “stings”.
    3. Why is it always the underwear bomber, the shoe bomber, or some unlikely scheme with an PREDATOR DRONE, I mean $100 hobby craft RC plane with an improvised explosive, errr, firecracker on it. Have you any idea how very, very, VERY easy it would be to go down to Home Depot and buy, for under $50 all the materials to manufacture an effective pipebomb, capable of killing dozens of people if simply tossed into a crowd somewhere. Yet, nobody does it. Why is that.
    Let me tell you something. If terrorism was real, we’d have a huge problem in the US that could ONLY be handled with overt ethnic cleansing. It’s just too damn easy for those of a mind to come here and too damn easy to commit murder and mayhem on a large scale for anyone determined to do so.
    Of course, none of these things happen to any appreciable degree because terrorism is a lie. Oh, muslims are evil scum alright….invading and raping, robbing and attached parasitically to white lands, mostly in Europe. But they aren’t organized into some great criminal conspiracy and aren’t particularly effective at what they are doing. It’s only treason by our governments, shipping them in, that allows individuals to harm whites.
    In fact, the missing terrorism is one of the big reasons liberals are able to aid and abet muslims. Do you think for one second, other whites would tolerate liberal opinions about tolerating muslims if, every week or so, some smelly towel head was blowing himself up at a local mall?

    • I suspect these are not “false flag”. What we are seeing instead is the FBI catching nincompoop, bottom-feeder terrorist wannabes, because the really stupid ones are by any definition the easiest ones to catch. With regular civilian crimes, the really stupid perps are also the easiest to catch. The Knoxville Horror rapists, for instance put Miss Christian’s body in a trash can outside their own house.

      The recent case of a black Muslim army recruit bragging to acquaintances that he was going to “commit jihad” at the base when he showed up to begin basic training comes quickly to mind.

      This is simply a selection bias.