February 17th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

Police say suicide attack on Capitol foiled

From Carol Cratty

U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.

The man received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

The man was arrested as soon as he accepted the vest from undercover officers, the federal law-enforcement source said.
The man had been closely monitored as part of a lengthy and extensive undercover operation, police said, adding U.S. Capitol Police had been "intimately" involved in the investigation.

The public was never in danger, police said.

The official said the person is not connected to a terrorist organization and was acting alone.

In September last year, a federal grand jury indicted a man for allegedly plotting to use large remote-controlled model airplanes filled with explosives to attack the Capitol and the Pentagon.

A man was arrested in September 2008 two blocks from the Capitol after an officer spotted a rifle in his car.
And in July 1998, a gunman fired shots in the Capitol building, killing two U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Filed under: FBI • Homeland Security • Terrorism
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  1. Iranacockuptheirass

    The dumbass had a box a cracker jack and a fucked up whistle

    February 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  2. veritas

    Diversity is strength! We are a nation of immigrants! Everyone is equal except the color of their skin!

    It must be true: I read it in the New York Times.

    Liberal lies and propagandistic talking points to manipulate the simpletons that vote for them, you say? Times Square bomber Faisal Shazad was a Pakistani immigrant, Iranian immigrant Manssor Arbabsiar plots to bomb embassies in DC, over 60 Minneapolis-St Paul Somali immigrants have returned to join al shabaab jihad, and the list goes on and on. Who is letting these people in? Oh, the liberals, because it helps disintegrate the notion of nationhood or community that they hate while concurrently expanding the list of reliable liberal voters.

    Americans, you've been invaded and disenfranchised but are too restrained by political correctness to observe what is punching you in the nose.

    February 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Mooney

      You mean the pro-war, pro-police state New York Times?

      February 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  3. Bullshit-O-Rama

    Anyone who swallows this.......

    February 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  4. michaelfury


    February 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  5. Portland tony

    What I worry about is the group of highly trained assassins and demolition experts who are self sufficient, have a plan, And have plenty of cash. The amateurs who believe they can buy an explosive vest at your corner Walmart are easy pickings for undercover sting operations. Radicals know ala Bush-Cheney that if attacked, we will bomb someone, anyone or
    anybody. So a state player is very much questionable. So your typical terrorist represents no state, just an ideal or belief. I just hope we are looking deeper than these. "lone wolf" characters who we put a sting on every six months.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  6. Don't Believe This Crap

    More propaganda.

    Hey, look at my thumb . . . gee you're dumb.

    If you don't like this post, stay stupid, the zionists like us dumb and dumber.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:43 am | Reply
  7. Ooooohhh.....I'm crapping my pants

    Houston, we have a patsy.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  8. mipolitic

    well done , hats off to the people that stand between us and these evil idiots

    February 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  9. Beelzabubba


    February 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  10. Voice of Reason

    Good work guys, keep bringing them down

    February 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply

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