Saudi man arrested for trying to blow up George W. Bush's home came to US as a student specifically to 'wage jihad'

  • Alleged plots include bombing rush-hour New York and a dozen dams across America
  • Chilling emails and blog posts talk of martyrdom and infidels
  • Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari expected to make first court appearance on Friday
A Saudi national has been arrested in Texas and been accused of plotting to blow up the home of George W Bush and other targets in America
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is said to have come to the US. and bought chemicals and materials specifically to wage jihad on American soil and kill the former President.
In a case chillingly similar to Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad, who is now serving a life sentence, Aldawsari allegedly planned to place a bomb in heart of New York City during rush hour.
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Terror suspect: Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is being held by FBI agents for allegedly buying chemicals and equipment to make a bomb and researching U.S. targets
Terror suspect: Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is being held by FBI agents for allegedly buying chemicals and equipment to make a bomb and researching U.S. targets
The chemical engineering student also allegedly planned to destroy dams, nuclear power plants and target three former U.S. soldiers who had worked at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Investigators monitoring the 20-year-old found he wrote a string of deranged blog postings demanding he be ‘granted martyrdom’.
It also emerged he had been planning such an attack since he was a child and had got good grades in school and won a scholarship so he could travel abroad to kill.
Aldawsari has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and, if convicted, he could face the death penalty.
In his sights: The homes of former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura were allegedly studied by bomb plot suspect
In his sights: The homes of former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura were allegedly studied by bomb plot suspect
According to an affidavit filed by the U.S. District Attorney, he conducted extensive research on his targets, including Mr Bush.
On February 6 this year he sent himself an e-mail under the subject heading: ‘Tyrant’s House’, and listed the Dallas address for the former President.
In another e-mail titled ‘NICE TARGETS 01,’ Aldawsari allegedly sent himself the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California.
Personal: A screen grab of the home page of Aldawsari's blog. Scroll down for more pages from his blog
Personal: A screen grab of the home page of Aldawsari's blog. Scroll down for more pages from his blog
'Student digs:' The front of the apartment complex where Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari lived in Lubbock, Texas. The complex also features an Army Career Centre
'Student digs:' The front of the apartment complex where Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari lived in Lubbock, Texas. The complex also features an Army Career Centre
Another, also called ‘Targets’ allegedly contained the names and home addresses of three American citizens who had previously served in the U.S. military and had been stationed for a time at Abu Ghraib.
Aldawsari is said to have considered a broad range of methods to bring terror to the U.S., using his background as a chemical engineer to wicked ends.
He considered using dolls to conceal explosives and looked into targeting a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.
Such an attack would have echoes of the failed bomb plot outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub in central London in 2007.

TERROR SUSPECT ALDAWSARI'S OWN WORDS

Alleged in the Dept. of Justice's Affidavit:
Email to himself:
'One operation in the land of the infidels is equal to ten operations against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims.'

Aldawsari's notebook:
Scholarship 'will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad.'  
'After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.'
From his blog (2009):
Sat, Nov 28: 'Sometimes with all of the work, with the senses, with ambition, emotions, imagination, and everything; you will just be a prisoner of dreams.'
Fri, Oct 16: 'We believe in each other, we share the mind we the share the soul, the heart, and the blood; we will make everything as it been as it should.'
Wed Aug 26: 'I will take the chemistry placement test tomorrow and I am sure that I will pass it.'
Sat, June 20: On American culture: People pursue their happiness via money.' 
Mon May 11: 'This is an opportunity to be in the US to achieve my dream that I am working very hard and I am doing my best to catch it, that dream is mainly and simply to be an employee in google.'
The affidavit alleges that Aldawsari also studied how to convert a mobile phone into a remote detonator and how to prepare a booby-trapped vehicle using everyday household items.
When investigators raided his home in Lubbock they found a bomb factory including beakers, flasks, sulfuric and nitric acid - which can be used to make explosives - clocks and a Hazmat suit to protect him against chemicals.
They also found a journal which suggested he had been planning an attack on the U.S. since he was in high school and had done well at school and procured a Saudi-financed scholarship with the specific intention of causing jihad in America.
One entry read: ‘And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.’
On one of the blogs, half the posts were in his native language, in others he wrote poems, spoke of his ambition and gave his thoughts on American culture.
Aldawsari came to America on a student visa in September 2008 and spent a year studying English before transferring to Texas Tech University. In January this year he transferred to nearby South Plains College where he studied business. His scholarship, which covered tuition and expenses, was paid for by an unnamed Saudi based industrial corporation.
Aldawsari is due to appear before a court in Lubbock on Friday. The FBI started to look into his activities following a tip-off from members of the public, although it is not clear who alerted them.
James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas paid tribute to them as ‘individuals are deserving of our respect and gratitude’.
Assistant Attorney General David Kris added: ‘This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad.’
Among Aldawsari’s other targets was New York - his list of goals to achieve before carrying out his plot included ‘travelling to New York for at least a week’ to carry out surveillance. He also lists how he wanted to put bombs in the city places that would cause carnage in rush hour before fleeing.
Another email included links to real-time cameras covering traffic on the city’s streets.
On the hit list: George W. Bush's home in the well-heeled Dallas suburb in Dallas, Texas
On the hit list: George W. Bush's home in a well-heeled suburb in Dallas, Texas
Although Aldawsari had apparently been plotting since school, he said in one email that 9/11 had produced a ‘big change’ in his thinking and that he had been inspired by the teachings of Osama bin Laden.
Doorway to terror? The entrance to Aldawsari's apartment in Texas
Doorway to terror? The entrance to Aldawsari's apartment in Texas
During December 2010 and January 2011, he allegedly purchased many other items, including a gas mask, a soldering iron kit, glass beakers and flasks, wiring, a stun gun and a battery tester.
He managed to buy 30 litres of concentrated nitric acid for about $450 from QualiChem Technologies in Georgia, and three gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid, say prosecutors.
One of the chemical companies Aldawsari tried to buy from was Carolina Biological Supply, which reported what it was thought was suspicious activity to the FBI on February 1. Within weeks, the FBI had traced his other online purches.
It emerged that TNP, the chemical explosive that Aldawsari was allegedly trying to get of, has about the same destructive power as TNT. FBI bomb experts allege that the amount involved in the Aldawsari case would have amounted to almost 15lb of explosive, about the same amount used in the July 2005 subway attacks in London, in which scores of people were killed.
One e-mail he sent himself for safekeeping allegedly contained a message stating that ‘one operation in the land of the infidels is equal to ten operations against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims’.
The affidavit also alleges that he created a blog in which he posted extremist messages.
One ranted against other Muslims and read: ‘You who created mankind….grant me martyrdom for Your sake and make jihad easy for me only in Your path;.
He also created a ‘synopsis of important steps’ to guide him to completing his goals.
This included obtaining a forged U.S. birth certificate; travelling to New York for at least a week, renting a car; using different driver’s licenses for each car rented; putting bombs in cars and taking them to different places during rush hour; and leaving the city for a safe place.
Mr Kris said: ‘We’re confident we have neutralized the alleged threat posed by this defendant.
‘Those reports resulted in the initiation of a complex and far-reaching investigation requiring almost around the clock work by hundreds of dedicated FBI agents, analysts, prosecutors and others.
‘Their effort is another example of the work being done to protect our country and its citizens.’
The White House said President Barack Obama was notified about the plot prior to Aldawsari’s arrest on Wednesday.
'This arrest once again underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad,' White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement.
Bush spokesman David Sherzer said: “We’ve seen the reports. I would just refer you for comment to law enforcement.”
A car allegedly owned by Aldawsari, parked at his apartment complex in Texas. The 20-year-old student is due in court for the first time Friday to face terror charges
A car allegedly owned by Aldawsari, parked at his apartment complex in Texas. The 20-year-old student is due in court for the first time Friday to face terror charges

Ramblings: Much of Aldawsari's blog is written in his native language. But there also personal thoughts and poems in English
Ramblings: Much of Aldawsari's blog is written in his native language. But there also personal thoughts and poems in English
 
 
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