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Bryan Preston


February 17, 2012 - 3:10 pm


The FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Moroccan man Friday in downtown Washington after a lengthy investigation into an alleged plot to carry out a shooting spree and a suicide bombing at the Capitol.

Amine el-Khalifi, 29, was picked up while carrying an inoperable MAC-10 automatic weapon and a fake suicide vest provided to him by undercover FBI agents posing as al-Qaeda associates, U.S. officials said. They said he entered the United States when he was 16 and was living as an illegal immigrant in Northern Virginia, having overstayed his visitor’s visa for years.

According to the criminal complaint affidavit, a confidential source reported to the FBI in January 2011 that Khalifi had met at a residence in Arlington with other individuals, one of whom produced what appeared to be an AK-47 assault rifle, two revolvers and ammunition. Khalifi “allegedly expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the ‘war on terrorism’ was a ‘war on Muslims’ and said that the group needed to be ready for war,” the Justice Department statement said.

So he’s an illegal alien and Islamic radical who thought he was supporting al Qaeda? Not a right wing “sovereign citizen” or returning war vet who advocates for the 2nd amendment as a constitutionalist? The deuce you say!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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