Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Baltimore Man Arrested In Alleged Car Bomb Plot

Details are still sketchy at this point, but authorities have arrested a man from Baltimore, Maryland in connection with a plot to blow up an Armed Forces recruiting station in Cantonsville, Maryland.
The man -- described as a 21-year-old convert to Islam -- is upset that the military continues to kill Muslims, a law enforcement source said. His name and residence were not immediately made available.

Marcia Murphy with the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said the suspect was arrested in the morning hours "in connection with a scheme to attack an armed forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Maryland, with what he believed to be a vehicle bomb."

He is to make an initial appearance in a U.S. District Court in Baltimore at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The arrest comes after a high-profile string of unsuccessful terror attempts, such as last year's alleged Christmas Day bombing attempt, the botched Times Square car bombing, and the alleged Portland, Oregon, plan to attack a Christmas tree-lighting.

The suspect had been monitored for months by law enforcement agents, and Murphy said there was "no actual danger to the public" because the explosives were "inert."
The most recent attempted terror attacks in the US have been carried out by recent converts to Islam, who seem to be the most radicalized and most likely to follow through on threats to attack the US and its interests domestically.

It will be interesting to see whether ties to other known terrorists and their ideologues become known, including ties to Anwar al-Awlaki.

This plot was busted in much the same way as a plot to bomb a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

The suspect's name is Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammed Hussain.

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