A Muslim has been arrested in a plot to blow up a Baltimore-area military recruiting center. WBAL-TV, citing a source, said the man was a U.S. national of Nicaraguan descent and had recently converted to Islam.
How long before our self-delusion bites us in the .......... what has to happen?
Who are the the misunderstanders of Islam?
It is not yet known if this Muslim is tied to recent shootings at military recruiting centers in the Washington D.C or New York. But clearly he was inspired by the Muslim who killed a uniformed American soldier and shot another at a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas (he also planned to target other U.S. military centers and Jewish institutions).
Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center Suspect to appear in court this afternoon after Catonsville incident Chicago Tribune hat tip Paul B
A Baltimore man has been arrested for attempting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville with a fake bomb supplied by federal agents.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore said the man, identified as Antonio Martinez and also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb this morning at the Armed Forces Career center in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike.
According to court records, Martinez praised Nidal Hassan, the U.S. army major who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, and made public postings on his Facebook page discussing how the "reign of oppression is about 2 cease." He communicated through the social networking site with an FBI informant, saying he wanted to go to Pakistan or Afghanistan and join the ranks of the "mujahideen."
"He hoped Allah would open a door for him because all he thinks about is jihad," agents wrote in court papers.
In discussions with the FBI's confidential source, he said that if the military continued to kill Muslims, "they would need to expand their operation by killing U.S. Army personnel where they live," records show. They discussed attacking military installations and the possibility of using gas or propane tanks.
On Oct. 29, their discussion focused on the military recruiting center on Route 40. Martinez said he knew of someone who could provide weapons and detailed how he could enter the facility from the roof and then "shoot everybody in the place."
Burning the building, he said, would "instill fear" and send a message that "whoever joins the military, they will be killed."
UPDATE: From KKTV.com, December 8 (thanks to Heart of a Lioness):
U.S. law enforcement officials told CBS News that the case was "similar to Portland." Mohamed O. Mohamud is accused of trying to detonate a van during a Christmas tree lightening ceremony in Portland, but the FBI infiltrated the plot in its early stages and supplied Mohamud with fake explosives.
The Baltimore man is expected to be charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and was under surveillance by law enforcement for months.
Sources tell CBS that the man is 21 years old, a United States citizen and a convert to Islam.
The source told CBS that he had been "mouthing off" to friends and "wanted to retaliate against the military for the wars," and when others heard about it, "they wanted nothing to do with it."