November 30th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Terror charges for two conspiring bomb plot

By Carol Cratty

Two Florida brothers originally from Pakistan were indicted Friday, accused of plotting to use an explosive device and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, were arrested by FBI agents in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. The indictment does not provide specific details about what the men may have been targeting, saying only they conspired to use a "weapon of mass destruction" against people and property in the United States.

The indictment alleges that the Qazis engaged in their conspiracy from at least July 2011 until the time of their arrest. There is no mention of whether any explosives or other weapons were seized when the men were arrested.

A federal law enforcement official said Raees Qazi was the most active in the plot and of most concern to investigators. Raees had been in communication with people overseas and investigators are trying to determine whether any of those people have connections to terrorism, the official said.

The official stressed investigators do not know yet if the brothers were acting on their own or whether there was any direction from overseas, the official said.

"They were arrested now because we were very concerned he (Raees Qazi) posed a very serious threat," said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Unlike a number of recent terror arrests in the United States, this case did not involve an FBI sting operation in which undercover operatives supplied the suspects with inert explosives, the federal law enforcement official told CNN. The official described the younger Qazi brother as very intelligent and aware the FBI had infiltrated and broken up other plots, so the FBI did not attempt an undercover operation in this case.

A second federal law enforcement official said any possible attack the suspects had in mind was "not imminent." Neither official would provide details about what the men wanted to target.

The Justice Department also would not elaborate on the alleged plot. "The investigation is ongoing," said spokesman Dean Boyd. "Any potential threat posed by these two individuals has been disrupted."

The two men, who are naturalized U.S. citizens living in Broward County, had a brief court appearance Friday and were ordered detained at least until a detention hearing set for December 7.

Filed under: FBI • Terrorism
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    December 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahahaha

    What a surprise!!!!! Towel Heads!!!!!!!! Hahahahahhahaaha

    December 3, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • buuubbba

      you are the reason why they fly airplanes in to your buildings

      December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  5. Down with America

    let a terrorist attack happen in America. Maybe a wake up call would work. All you stupid fools who believe in some stupid speech by George HW Bush was too real. You all remind us of that stupid Chinese News Agency who took some humor too serious. Wonder where the plot was suppose to take place at like Little Havana home to terrorist.

    December 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Martin

      Allah fears drones. Allah gets his rear kicked by drones five times a day. Now go back to reading your prayers five times a day.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you Down with America for your insightful post. Idiots like this Martin above make me sick!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
  6. 200 TON HAMMER

    Sounds like they was trying too attack the areas where rich americans,and rich non americans shop eat and live at.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      Most of these young men family have lots of money and connections that most americans who serve this country dont have,thats a fact.

      December 2, 2012 at 2:05 am | Reply
      • buuubbba

        what is your point?

        December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  7. david duke

    now all pakis are considered WMD. it is bout time for all pakis to get the h*ll out from u s of a before they start putting you in concentration camp.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • Anti-Obama

      Maybe you Mr Duke need to go with them and take your racist views with you

      December 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
      • caseclosed26

        as terror cells do exist, these middle east immigrant's have grand plans of mass destruction, unfortunately for them they soon realize the america's second amendment as to bearing arms. Do not think for a 2nd true blue americans wouldnt start racial profiling and offing these fools. Guns, guns, guns...own em"

        December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  8. Matt Brown

    This is what exactly Pakistanis do after coming here to America, Europe and other western countries. They settle, gain roots and then plan against the land they immigrated to. They are a grave danger not to America but to all the world.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  9. ShahNawaz Ansari



    Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM)
    Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA, presently known as Harkat-ul Mujahideen)
    Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
    Jaish-e-Mohammad Mujahideen E-Tanzeem (JeM)
    Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM, previously known as Harkat-ul-Ansar)
    Al Badr
    Jamait-ul-Mujahideen (JuM)
    Lashkar-e-Jabbar (LeJ)
    Muttahida Jehad Council (MJC)
    Al Barq
    Al Jehad
    Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army
    People’s League
    Muslim Janbaz Force
    Kashmir Jehad Force
    Al Jehad Force (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir Jehad Force)
    Al Umar Mujahideen
    Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba
    Jammu & Kashmir Students Liberation Front
    Islamic Students League
    Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria
    Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters
    Muslim Mujahideen
    Al Mujahid Force
    Islami Inquilabi Mahaz

    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
    Lashkar-e-Omar (LeO)
    Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP)
    Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP)
    Lashkar-eJhangvi (LeJ)
    Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP)
    Nadeem Commando
    Popular Front for Armed Resistance
    Muslim United Army

    Al-Rashid Trust
    Al-Akhtar Trust
    Rabita Trust
    Ummah Tamir-e-Nau
    Jammat Ud Dawa (JUD)

    LEADERS: Hafiz Saeed, Hakimullah Mehsud, Sirajuddin Haqqani and so many more.
    I am so ashamed of being a Pakistani and want to convert to Christian-ism.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  10. ShahNawaz Ansari

    The world now need to focus on my country Pakistan. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront of the irrelevance of Pakistan as a nation.
    Their soldiers continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans from within the country occupied entire SWAT and areas near Islamabad for months on end showing how useless Pakistan is and how coward its army and its peoples are. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as sewer of Asia.
    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to Pakistan.
    Empowering subjugated minorities in Pakistan by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial andtechnology aid to Pakistan with no return to show for the investment and only backstabbing and covert terrorist operations by Pakistan against them. Balochistan is an excellent idea to achieve this.
    I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach.
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed of being a Pakistani.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  11. ShahNawaz Ansari

    My own country PAKISTAN has become a cancer for this world. A source of financing and inspiration for all terrorists in the region the likes of which have attacked not only Malala but several other poor kids. A place where these extremists seek refuge after attacking neighboring countries and NATO forces and American troops. Pakistan is a Smithsonian specimen. Like humpty dumpty even USA, NATO and the entire free world are having a tough time holding it together. Living in the shadows of India, defined by China, and punctuated by Terror Organizations such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar E Taibba, Jesh E Muhammad, Jamaad Ud Dawa
    find a meaning for its existence and a place in the new world order. How can it
    stand up? Certainly not on its feet .....perhaps on its knees to seek
    redemption for double crossing USA in Afghanistan and Iraq.For be fooling entire world in the name of war on terror and OBL, hiding it and making sure to loot billions from US taxpayers money.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  12. krm1007 ©™

    PAKISTAN !!!!

    Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

    Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
    You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  13. krm1007 ©™

    Didn't Pakistanis win the Vietnam war for us by defeating the Soviet union in Afghanistan and their commie buddy India? Hmmm...I thought so.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  14. Webb

    That not-so-bright terrorist who planted a cheesy bomb at the Time Square was a Pakistani too. What's up with these Pakistanis?

    December 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  15. Ken

    It is so difficult to guess which Pakistanis are terrorists living among us, going about like regular citizens, enjoying all the freedom and rights out society offers, and yet plotting mass murders of innocent Americans right here. Do we want to wait for the proof by gathering the scattered body pieces after these Pakistanis successfully carry out their blast? Or does congress want to be proactive and do something about Pakistanis?

    December 1, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • Grant

      Kidding me? Read comments on any Pakistan related news story. Pakistanis living here hiding under Christian names do no hide their hatred for America. It is obvious from their comments what they stand for. Anyone with decent hacking ability can figure out their IP address. Government needs to do something about it.

      December 1, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
      • Bryant


        • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
        • ARYA SAMAJ
        • SHIV SENA
        • SANT SAMITI
        • BAAJRANG DAL

        LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

        December 1, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • Dave Scholl

      Each and every Pakistani should be scrutinized here in America. They are the biggest traitors ever born on this earth.

      December 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • indian

        @ bryant is a mad dog he is saying former indian home minister & deputy prime minister is a terrorist all the organizations & people he mentioned are pro hindutva. just because he hates hindus he is calling all hindutva ppl as terrorist.none of the organizations are banned as terrorist organization in india

        December 2, 2012 at 2:57 am |
  16. Dina

    Excuse my typos. My phone changes what I type sometimes. So much for iPhone and smart keyboard.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  17. Dina

    Why does the United States put American. Lives at risk by allowing these people into the Country.? Times have changed and our migration laws must changed. People like these two brothers should be stopped of their citizenship and kicked out of this country ASAP. I don't care about rights they have none when they plan a war and murder against America. Do these type of people come here for that purpose to infiltrate our Countty. Kick them all out mow. And there is a lot of hatred against people from Mid East now and they are not safe living here. I say go back where you ce from. We don't want you here,

    November 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      Greed by more greed,and useing up military people like toliet paper.

      December 2, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
  18. Wes

    Pakistan has so many natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Western countries keep making donations time and again to these Pakistanis who are incapable of fending for themselves. It is inconceivable why they would want to take charity from one hand while stabbing the US in the back with the other hand. Pests.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      No different from our "most favored ally" Israel! Israel stabs us in the back constantly, yet we continue to proclaim them to be our "best friend"! We need to rid ourselves of a few of our "friends"!

      December 1, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
  19. Chris

    Not sure why these two Pakistanis would want to carry out mass-murder in the country which allowed them to become naturalized citizens.

    November 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  20. Quigley

    No matter how you slice it, those two brothers don't stand a Chinaman's chance here due to the right-wing lynch-mob mentality currently sweeping this country! They'll be lucky if they don't get executed whether they're guilty or not!

    November 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Gary

      No capital punishment is expected. Gitmo was especially designed to house Islamic terrorists like these Pakistanis. There they are given care and comfort at taxpayers expense. Most people may have moral objection to such a lenient treatment to the worst terrorists like these Pakistanis... But hey this America. We are not a lynch mob.

      November 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
      • Marine5484

        Hey Gary, what do you mean by saying that we Americans are not a lynch mob? Of course we are! Do you remember the horrific bombing of the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad on Feb. 13, 1991 when over 414 civilians were brutally killed by two American pilots and how the U.S. public reacted to it? I do and that made me sick to my stomach!

        December 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  21. dawgman

    The US has a diversity lottery program that gives out 50000 greencards annually to underrepresented populations. Most of those visas go to the same countries (Middle East and Africa) where the hate for the US is high with little verification of those admitted. We should stop this extremely expensive program and keep the potential terrorist out of our country. Use the money instead to help our hispanic and asian immigrant populations that are already here.

    November 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Marvin

      Immigration reform is absolutely necessary but the two parties have made it a political issue. At least the two parties should agree that Muslim immigration should be stopped immediately since this is an imminent threat to the national security. Enough!

      November 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply

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