Saudi student in Texas arrested on terrorism charges

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 2:40 PM
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LUBBOCK, Texas -- A Saudi Arabian student attending South Plains College purchased chemicals to build a bomb and was researching targets in the United States – including former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home – before his arrest Wednesday by federal authorities, according to a statement issued by the U.S. District Attorney’s office today.

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An car identified in a federal affidavit as belonging to Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is shown in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Aldawsari was arrested late Wednesday by FBI agents in Lubbock on on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.   Lubbock Avalanche-Journal photo/  Zach Long
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal photo/ Zach Long
An car identified in a federal affidavit as belonging to Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is shown in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Aldawsari was arrested late Wednesday by FBI agents in Lubbock on on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, was arrested late Wednesday by FBI agents on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was set to appear Friday morning in federal court in Lubbock.

Aldawsari received a visa to study in the United States in 2008 and was described as a transfer student for the spring 2011 semester of the community college in Levelland, according to the statement. He had attended the college for six weeks, according to a statement from South Plains.

Aldawsari came to federal attention after a chemical supplier reported a suspicious attempted purchase of a concentrated phenol, a chemical with legitimate purposes that can be used to make explosives, in early February. Surveillance and searches on his apartment -- in a building behind U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer's district office and shared with a U.S. Army recruiting office -- revealed wiring, beakers, flasks, Hazmat suits and clocks, according to the statement.

Neighbors across the hall from his apartment recognized him from news reports, but Tech Food Science senior Sally Dierschke said they'd never really noticed him while he lived there.

"I'd just seen him in passing, but nothing ever spectacular or weird about him," Dierschke said.

"We've never met any of our neighbors," said Audra Kiesling, her roommate, a senior civil engineering major. 

"There's never anyone in the hallways here," Dierschke added.

Federal investigators also found several journal entries and email messages he sent to himself with instructions on how to build an improvised explosive device, according to the statement.

Additional emails with the subject “NICE TARGETS” he sent to himself described reservoirs and dams in Colorado and California, nuclear power plants, night clubs and the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, according to the statement.

Emails also contained the names and home addresses of three former U.S. military members who had been stationed for a time at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to the statement.

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follower
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follower 02/24/11 - 03:39 pm
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Soooo, liberal still want to

Soooo, liberal still want to cut defense and intelligence budgets?

There's no threat!! Of course, there's ocean front property for sale in Kansas also.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/24/11 - 04:05 pm
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Religion of Peace. They live

Religion of Peace. They live and study among us. Unless we stop being politically correct, we are doomed. This is different from traditional political correctness. We are dealing with people who want to wipe us and our way of life totally out.

david jennings
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david jennings 02/24/11 - 04:44 pm
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Am I wrong to think it is

Am I wrong to think it is just a matter of time before one of these nut cases succeeds in another,hopefully much smaller 911?By all means get him a team of lawyers and spend enormous amounts of money defending the heathen.I hope the law were not using profiling as a means.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/24/11 - 04:45 pm
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The government is doing it's

The government is doing it's job protecting us. The proof is here. We don't know what all is being done to protect us. All we need to know is the feds are on the ball.

follower
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follower 02/24/11 - 05:13 pm
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happy, thankfully, you're

happy, thankfully, you're correct. But many seem to think the answer to our economic woes is to cut defense and intelligence. Carter and Clinton both drastically cut defense. Hopefully, no one needs to be reminded of the consequences.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/11 - 05:33 pm
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So many from Saudia Arabia...

So many from Saudia Arabia... 9-11 too....??

burninater
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burninater 02/24/11 - 05:51 pm
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Is it political correctness

Is it political correctness to deal in facts? The FBI has a publication tabulating terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980-2005. Here's the demographic breakdown, if you exclude Puerto Rico from their numbers:

Extreme left wing groups: 33%
Latino: 19%
Jewish extremists: 10%
Islamic extremists: 8%
Communists: 7%
Other (extra-nationalist movements, Aryan Nation, etc.): 22%

(modified from http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005/terro... and http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/)

Not all attacks are equal -- 86% of injuries and 94% of fatalities from domestic terrorism in this period occurred on 9/11. This was an incredibly effective attack, and by comparison to all other terrorist events in the U.S. over this period, it was not the norm.

If you look at the numbers globally -- noone knows how many Muslim terrorists there are out there. Glenn Beck was satisfied with the 1.1 million number Zakaria put out. That's a lot, if correct. However, that's 0.1% of the Muslims on the earth. 99.9% of Muslims are NOT terrorists. If 99.9% of a religious group do not engage in violence, claiming that their religion endorses violence begins to sound a little, well, unfounded in reality.

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copperhead 02/25/11 - 04:52 am
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buninater,read the koran.

buninater,read the koran.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/25/11 - 07:21 am
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Burn...I understand whatcha

Burn...I understand whatcha saying BUT I'll still feel more secure in a group of good ole boys!!
You can have your group. :)

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