USA: FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say

There we go again:

The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.

However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation, during which Mohamud had been monitored for months as his alleged bomb plot developed.

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3 comments on “USA: FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say

  1. Question #1: Why are we letting Somalis into this country at an astounding rate?
    Question #2: How would this boy have attempted this had not the FBI given him the bomb? Was this “sting” meant to nab actual terrorists, or just disaffected youth with bomb-making fantasies? I’m just sayin’ because this is very similar to the first WTC bombing where the FBI pretty much put on the whole show:

    • Claudia says:

      Hello republicanmother:
      Question #1: Because of the same reason we’re letting inside our country, huge numbers of Moroccans… even in the Army! Stupidity? Multi-culturalism? Alliance of Civilizations?
      Question #2: I particularly believe that this was an intent to nab actual terrorists. I don’t think that the FBI would lose time and money in the present moment going after a 19-year-old guy who wanted to be a terrorist if he wasn’t actually a present danger. Anyway, we’ll have to wait and see.

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