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November 28, 2010

Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud Accused Of Plotting To Bomb Oregon Tree-lighting Event

FBI has thwarted an attempted car-bombing in Portland’s “Pioneer Courthouse Square.” The attempted terrorist attack occurred last night, where a large crowd had gathered for a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony.

Reports say that a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia – Mohamed Osman Mohamud – actually went so far as to attach a blasting cap to what he believed to be an explosive device and then tried to detonate it from another location. He was then arrested by the FBI.


A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI. Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department said in a written statement, but the device was actually inert.

“The threat was very real. Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,” said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack.”

The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation during which Mohamud had been monitored closely as his alleged bomb plot developed, the Justice Department said. Officials said the public was never in danger from the device.



Wild Thing's comment.......

Islam the death cult again. Can we please start to Profile!!!???

Actually, if you read the story closely in full, this guy had reached out to terrorist types. I think that is what drew him to the attention of the FBI, not profiling. It would be nice indeed if the FBI was profiling Somali immigrants, but I wouldn't cite this story as evidence that they are.

FBI Wabted Terrorists

Usama Bin Laden
Ayman Al-Zawahiri
Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Al Quso
Husayn Muhammad Al-Umari
Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali
Anas Al-Liby
Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz Al-Turki
Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Mughass
Abdul Rahman Yasin
Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim
Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain
Saif Al-Adel
Muhammad Ahmed Al-Munawar
Adam Yahiye Gadahn
Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub
Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi
Mohammed Ali Hamadei
Ali Atwa
Hasan Izz-Al-Din
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah
Daniel Andreas (San Diego eco-terrorist)
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed
Jaber A. Elbaneh
Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie
Abd Al Aziz Awda
Isnilon Totoni Hapilon (Phillipino, member of Abu Sayyaf group)
Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah
Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser
Adnan G. El Shukrijumai

Posted by Wild Thing at November 28, 2010 05:55 AM


Thankfully the FBI was able to thwart this attempt. Let's hope they have every Jihadist living in American under surveillance

Posted by: BobF at November 28, 2010 09:40 AM

Exactly, BobF!!

Posted by: jan at November 28, 2010 12:36 PM

25% of Muslims 18-29 living in America believe suicide bombing can be justified:

2,300,000 Muslims living in America
667,000 Muslims are between the ages of 18-29
166,750 Muslims between ages 18-29 believe suicide bombing can be justified.

American law enforcement has its work cut out for them.

Posted by: BobF at November 28, 2010 12:40 PM

Bob, I agree. From this one and some others they have caught ahead of time they tell us how they are watching them for a long time. So they must be watching some now as well.

That link is correct information too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 28, 2010 05:44 PM

Um, can we start profiling now?

Posted by: Anonymous at November 28, 2010 07:31 PM

something I don't understand is that he is a naturalized citizen...don't they have to swear allegiance, learn the Constitution, etc. who checks out these people?

Posted by: Dani at November 28, 2010 10:38 PM