Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Georgia Man Arrested In Plot To Attack White House, Washington Shul

Georgia Man Arrested In Plot To Attack White House, Washington Shul

The U.S. Attorney's office says that 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb has been arrested on terror charges. "He's charged with "[attempting] to damage by means of explosive a building owned by the United States".

"The [Joint Terrorism Task Force] initiated the case after receiving a tip from the community", B. J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said in a statement. (BJay) Pak says Taheb planned to use an improvised explosive device and an anti-tank rocket. The tipster stated Taheb had become "radicalized, changed his name, and made plans to travel overseas".

On Dec. 7, Taheb allegedly showed the undercover operative a hand-drawn diagram of the White House's West Wing in a composition notebook and asked for help with obtaining weapons and explosives for the attack, the complaint states.

Taheb told the informant "jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam", the complaint said.

It was not clear whether Taheb had a lawyer. Authorities said Taheb was acting alone and they made no accusation that he had ties to any terrorist group.

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A few days later, there was another meeting in Alpharetta, during which Taheb allegedly showed the Federal Bureau of Investigation worker a composition notebook with a hand-drawn map of the ground floor of the West Wing in the White House.

Taheb met the Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source and later an undercover agent when the suspect was trying to sell his vehicle. The criminal complaint, filed at a court in Atlanta, said...

The FBI says that by December, Mr Taheb had escalated his vitriolic rhetoric about the United States and Israel and hoped to include a specific unnamed synagogue, the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in his attack on the capital.

The FBI said the suspect was radicalized and intent on carrying out an attack in Washington, but the FBI got a tip last March that allowed them to disrupt the suspect's plot, reports CBS News' Jeff Pegues. In August, Taheb reportedly put his vehicle up for sale, prompting an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant to show interest and meet with him.

Then, after they got into the auto and closed the doors, agents arrested Mr Taheb.

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