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June 28, 2012 0

Saudi Student Khalid Aldawsari Convicted in Texas Bomb Plot

A Saudi national who arrived in the U.S. in 2008 on a stu­dent visa has been con­victed of attempt­ing to use a weapon of mass destruc­tion in Texas.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a for­mer chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dent at Texas Tech, was plan­ning to use his skills to build a bomb, accord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors. Although he had not defin­i­tively selected a tar­get, Aldawsari allegedly researched of list of tar­gets, includ­ing the Dal­las home of a for­mer pres­i­dent George W. Bush, nuclear power plants and for­mer sol­diers who were sta­tioned at Abu Ghraib prison. Pros­e­cu­tors also indi­cated that a col­lege foot­ball game was a pos­si­ble tar­get as well.

Author­i­ties began their inves­ti­ga­tion into Aldawsari in Feb­ru­ary 2011 after a chem­i­cal sup­plier in North Car­olina reported an unusual pur­chase made by Aldawsari. He was arrested within a month in Lubbock.

The FBI found chem­i­cals at Aldawsari’s res­i­dence along with a jour­nal allegedly indi­cat­ing that he was inspired by Osama Bin Laden and had been plan­ning to com­mit a ter­ror­ist attack. In one jour­nal entry described by the DOJ, Aldawsari wrote, “…after mas­ter­ing the Eng­lish lan­guage, learn­ing how to build explo­sives and con­tin­u­ous plan­ning to tar­get the infi­del Amer­i­cans, it is time for Jihad.”

Aldawsari allegedly cre­ated a blog called FromFarAway90, where he wrote in Eng­lish and Ara­bic about col­lege life in Amer­ica, romance, his efforts to main­tain his reli­gious iden­tity, and his per­cep­tions of Amer­i­cans, which included some pos­i­tive impres­sions. A few of his posts, how­ever, were more mil­i­tant, includ­ing a March 2010 post in which he wrote “grant me mar­tyr­dom for Your sake and make jihad easy for me.”

A month later, he wrote in Ara­bic, “Mus­lims can not enjoy a care­free life and peace when in front of them and behind them their lands and dig­ni­ties are being des­e­crated with the help of the Arab trai­tors and other Zion­ist rulers inside the Mus­lim world…” His Face­book pro­file lists “STOP Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza” as one of his interests.

Aldawsari faces a pos­si­ble life-sentence at a hear­ing sched­uled for Octo­ber. Anti-Defamation league