The PJ Tatler

Texas terror arrest: Saudi plotted to kill former president

He’s a 20-year-old Saudi citizen, legally here on a student visa. He allegedly sought to assassinate former President George W. Bush. Andrew McCarthy has highlights of the case against the would-be terrorist at the link. The man was evidently a serious threat who had been planning his attack for years.

Two legally authorized searches of Aldawsari’s apartment conducted by the FBI in February 2011 indicated that the concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids; the beakers and flasks; wiring; Hazmat suit; and clocks were present in Aldawsari’s residence. FBI agents also found a notebook at Aldawsari’s residence that appeared to be a diary or journal…. [E]xcerpts from the journal indicate that Aldawsari had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years. One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United State and helped him financially, which he said “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad.” The entry continues: “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”

And by jihad, he obviously did not mean “inner personal struggle.”