Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper
A 19-year-old Jordanian citizen was arrested Thursday in a dramatic FBI sting operation after he parked a vehicle laden with government-supplied fake explosives at an iconic downtown Dallas skyscraper and attempted to detonate it, authorities said.
The sting culminated in Thursday’s arrest after Smadi parked a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, supplied by the FBI, in the underground parking garage of Fountain Place, a 60-story, emerald-green glass office tower in the 1400 block of Ross Avenue at North Field Street that is home to many businesses, including a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office.
Inside the SUV was a fake bomb, designed to appear similar to one used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Authorities say Smadi thought he could detonate it with a cellphone. After parking the vehicle, he got into another vehicle with one of the agents, and they drove several blocks away.
An agent offered Smadi earplugs, but he declined, “indicating that he wanted to hear the blast,” authorities said. He then dialed the phone, thinking it would trigger the bomb, authorities said. Instead, the agents took him into custody.
Meanwhile in New York, Washington, and Denver,
Terror Probe Puts U.S. Mass Transit Systems on Alert
The thing about the second headline is that the Feds haven’t found who else is involved.
Or, as Nicholas, who sent me the link put it, “Terrorism is NOT a problem!! Not A Problem, do you understand!! –NO!!– *NOT* *AT* *ALL*!!!”