This means that one or more of the actors were American citizens, legal permanent residents, or visitors radicalized predominately in the United States. In each of these plots, the number one target was military facilities, followed closely by targets in New York City. A British citizen and self-professed follower of Osama bin Laden who trained in Afghanistan, Richard Reid hid explosives inside his shoes before boarding a flight from Paris to Miami on which he attempted to light the fuse with a match.
The third most common target was mass gatherings, like the Boston Marathon, nightclubs and bars, and shopping malls. Reid was caught in the act and apprehended aboard the plane by passengers and flight attendants. officials arrested Jose Padilla in May 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport as he returned to the United States from Pakistan, where he met with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and received al-Qaeda training and instructions. Upon his arrest, he was initially charged as an enemy combatant, and for planning to use a dirty bomb (an explosive laced with radioactive material) in an attack in the U.
The group had also acquired surveillance and night vision equipment and wireless video cameras. Two more men were later indicted in the plot: Ali al-Timimi, the group’s spiritual leader, and Ali Asad Chandia.Ali al-Timimi was found guilty of soliciting individuals to assault the United States and was sentenced to life in prison.They were found to have connections with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a terrorist organization that targets the Indian government.The authorities stated that the Virginia men had used paintball games to train and prepare for battle.Ali Asad Chandia received 15 years for supporting Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Randall Todd Royer, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, Yong Ki Kwon, Khwaja Mahmood Hasan, Muhammed Aatique, and Donald T. Abdi, a Somali citizen living in Columbus, Ohio, was arrested and charged in a plot to bomb a local shopping mall.
Surratt pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years and 10 months to 20 years. Abdi was an associate of convicted terrorists Christopher Paul and Iyman Faris and admitted to conspiring with the two to provide material support to terrorists.Masoud Khan, Seifullah Chapman, and Hammad Abdur-Raheem were found guilty and later sentenced to prison terms ranging from 52 months to life. Both Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur-Raheem and Sabri Benkhala were acquitted at trial. 8. Following his arrest, Abdi admitted to traveling overseas to seek admittance to terrorist training camps, as well as meeting with a Somali warlord associated with Islamists.Abdi has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, one of the four counts for which he was indicted.He was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in jail per the terms of a plea agreement. After being released from prison, Abdi was deported to his home country of Somalia in 2012. 9. Seven members of a terrorist cell led by Dhiren Barot were arrested for plotting to attack the New York Stock Exchange and other financial institutions in New York, Washington, D. They were later accused of planning attacks in England.The plots included a “memorable black day of terror” that would have included detonating a dirty bomb.The 26-year-old, a religious teacher from Gloucester, England, was sentenced after he admitted conspiring with fellow Briton Reid. Hassoun was the recruiter and Jayyousi served as a financier and propagandist in the cell. Supreme Court found that the case against him had been filed improperly. In 2005, the government indicted Padilla for conspiring against the U. The six men pleaded guilty in 2003to providing support to al-Qaeda.