Sunday, September 16, 2012

Man Accused Of Plot To Bomb Chicago Bar

An 18-year-old man from Hillsdale wasarrested Friday night after he attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar. But there was no real threat, since Adel Daoud was under F.B.I. surveillance for months and was working with undercover agents posing as extremists.

Daoud is a U.S. citizen and he caught the attention of the authorities in October 2011. The New York Times reports that

he sent out e-mails "relating to violent jihad and the killing of Americans," according to an affidavit in support of the complaint. At one point he sent out several e-mails with a PowerPoint presentation titled "The Osama bin Laden I Know," in which he defended Bin Laden's tactics.

"Osama wasn't crazy for wanting to destroy America," he wrote. "This superpower killed millions of people."

F.B.I. agents contacted him in May, and the New York Times reports that "during these conversations he 'expressed an interest in engaging in violent jihad, either in the United States or overseas,' according to the affidavit."

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