On September 9 and September 10 I posted a two-part article outlining what I believed to be a viable and highly effective method for conducting a terrorist attack: giant-scale radio-controlled model airplanes filled with plastic explosives. In the first article I detailed precisely how a model airplane could be retrofitted with explosives and in the second article I sketched out several attack scenarios.
Truth be told, both articles were reposted: they originally appeared in December 2010 on another site that has since (stupidly) deleted them (silly Jacobins: they lose the web traffic and I gain it. Go figure). I never guessed at the time that a home-grown terrorist would actually try to pull it off.
A 26-year-old Ashland, Mass., physicist thought he was working with Al Qaeda to pack remote-controlled aircraft with C-4 plastic explosives and use them to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol but in fact was dealing with undercover FBI, federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday.
Rezwan Ferdaus was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. Court papers indicate he said he wanted to kill Americans and did not mind if non-Muslim women and children died as a result of his actions.
Ferdaus is a U.S. citizen and was graduated from Northeastern University. He allegedly said he had concluded from viewing jihadi websites that America was “evil” and the correct response was “jihad.”
As the plot evolved over the past year, prosecutors said, Ferdaus thought he was working with terrorist conspirators when in reality he was dealing with the undercover FBI agents. Prosecutors said they also were helped by an unidentified cooperating witness.
In addition to planning the big attacks on U.S. soil, Ferdaus also prepared Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, that he thought were being used to kill American soldiers abroad, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in connection with the case.
Here’s a picture of the RC airplane that Ferdaus planned to employ in the attack:
Kudos to the FBI for cracking this case before the traitor terrorist could do any damage. Inasmuch as I would love to see this sum’bitch dance on the end of a rope for treason (I’d happily string him up myself), that sort of punishment is no longer meted out.