Feds bust another would-be bomber

posted at 1:35 pm on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Less than two weeks after stopping a Portland, Oregon teen from bombing a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, the FBI has caught another erstwhile bomber in Baltimore, Maryland.  This time, the target was a military recruitment center, which the FBI stopped in a “sting” operation.  What, oh what, could the two plots have in common?   Hmmmmm:

Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain, was arrested and will appear in federal court on Wednesday, Fox News confirms.

An official told Fox News that the arrest was part of a sting operation and that there is no threat to the American public. The official said the suspect was given a phony bomb and was arrested after trying to detonate it.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect’s goal was to blow up a military recruitment center in Baltimore County.

Not too many more details yet, but I’ll update if anything significant comes through later.  It looks like another case of home-grown jihadism, although we will certainly hear later if this plot, like other recent plots, had anything to do with al-Qaeda in any form.  The FBI’s involvement would tend to suggest that the suspect at least attempted to network for support in his plot.

The Boss Emeritus connects a couple of dots while disconnecting a couple of others:

If you need refreshers on other Baltimore area jihad activity, see my posts hereherehere, and here.

On a more disturbing note, the feds say this latest arrest is not connected to the still-unsolved spate of Beltway-area shootings at military recruitment stations and other military targets.

Remember: If it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, it’s just another day in the life of a true believer in violent jihad.

One thing to keep in mind: it’s exceedingly difficult to discover plots by single actors working entirely alone.  The FBI’s recent catches of several would-be bombers is a good sign that they have penetrated some communications efforts by jihadis.  Assuming the allegations are supported by evidence, that’s a good sign, and a job well done on their end.


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Target: a military recruitment center.

Another one? Wow, they must REALLY hate our Military.

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Wait, let’s not jump to conclusions about his religion, he was probably a secular left wing whack job.

Daemonocracy on December 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

“These are the people in your neighborhood” – Baltimore edition.

Connie on December 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Was he upset over the health care bill? Tea-Partier?

iurockhead on December 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

You mean the would-be bomber wasn’t the 89 yr old grandma that gets scanned or fondled by TSA? Oh, it was a muslim named Muhammed? Huh.

search4truth on December 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Bush’s war on terror keeps paying off dividends.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Wonder if Antonio is in this country ILLEGALLY?

GarandFan on December 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Thank you, Wal-Mart!

flyfisher on December 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

What, oh what, could the two plots have in common?

let me guess, they’re 40-something Tea Party activists again….??? oh wait.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I guess cair will be out saying the fbi tricked him into doing this and this rop type’s family will say ‘he was a good kid’! It is great to know the fbi seems to be following these terrorists here in America.
L

letget on December 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Thank you, Wal-Mart!

flyfisher on December 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

did JaNa see or hear anything suspicious.???

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

did the guy fail a package patdown at the bus station?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Bush’s war on terror keeps paying off dividends.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Yah, cuz like, you know, if he hadn’t gone after sadam hussein they wouldn’t have toppled the world trade center or something right? I

WitchDoctor on December 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

One would think the wannabes would start to be a little skeptical of new friends providing them with a bomb and detonator.

a capella on December 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Or did I miss read you? Maybe I’m the one who’s confused :)

WitchDoctor on December 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Don’t forget the Wrigleville (Chicago) “alleged” would be bomber. Similar MO.

Fallon on December 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Muhammed Hussain da Bomber… Yeah I know… redundant. But it just kinda flows……….

RalphyBoy on December 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Arrgh! Wrigleyville…

Fallon on December 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Yah, cuz like, you know, if he hadn’t gone after sadam hussein they wouldn’t have toppled the world trade center or something right? I

WitchDoctor on December 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Patrioct Act.

Daemonocracy on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

How is this going to help Muslim self-esteem?

I’m not proud of America now.

pedestrian on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

^ Patriot Act

doh! get an edit button hotair!

Daemonocracy on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Profiling? A twofer? Is Holder aware?

a capella on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Extra chilling for me as Mr Fortunata is in Baltimore and DC this week. He walking down the street during the London 7/7 bombings too…but these are all “isolated incidents”, aren’t they lefties?

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Very scary…….the recruitment center they are talking about is just 1 mile from my home. Plenty of crazies in the area, but not much muslim problems generally.
TOO SCARY !

RUReadingthis on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

How is this going to help Muslim self-esteem?

I’m not proud of America now.

pedestrian on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

There apparently needs to be more domestic NASA outreach.

Fallon on December 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

We are running up a huge debt of unjustified luck every time we catch some guy like this.

Panty bomber

Nidal Hassan

Times square

Portland

There was a guy in texas or something also, way back during the campaign I think. Tried to blow up a financial building with a truck bomb.

now this guy…the attempts are coming closer together. This suggests that there is a group of people here in the US recruiting guys that are known sympathizers. I find it very hard to believe that 4 people in different areas of the country that have nothing in common but their religion got the exact same idea in their heads and went about trying to car-bomb a target.

It sounds stupid when it’s all spelled out but I don’t think these guys just decide out of the blue that they’d like to become mass murderers. If that is what actually happened, we have a much bigger problem on our hands than some shady conspiracy theory.

Mord on December 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

*He was*
sorry

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Guess he didn’t want the Bush tax cuts extended..:)

Dire Straits on December 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

I would love to see the xray scan done by the TSA of his junk….I’m sure that really would show a lot…*eyeroll*

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Target: a military recruitment center

Perp: Buddis, er, scratch that thought.

MNHawk on December 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Yah, cuz like, you know, if he hadn’t gone after sadam hussein they wouldn’t have toppled the world trade center or something right? I

WitchDoctor on December 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Bush’ Patriot Act is why these terrorists are being caught abroad.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain,

wow, that’s got to be an o-riginal jihadi name there…./

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Muhammad Hussain obviously didn’t get the message that muslims are responsible for the invention of the zero. One big fat massive fail by NASA and its terrorist outreach program.

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Less than two weeks after stopping a Portland, Oregon muslem teen from bombing a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, the FBI has caught another muslem erstwhile bomber in Baltimore, Maryland.

FIFY.

It’s time to ban islam in America.

Rebar on December 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

He just wants to ‘make the world Islam’, is a proponent of violent action against non-muslims, bought a (fake) bomb, to blow up innocent American citizens all in the name of his religion but it’s ok since the FBI said:

there is no threat to the American public.

Well, except for all that stuff, but thats all.

We swear.

No threat, whatsover.

Really.

We promise. Pinky promise even…

catmman on December 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Very scary…….the recruitment center they are talking about is just 1 mile from my home. Plenty of crazies in the area, but not much muslim problems generally.
TOO SCARY !

RUReadingthis on December 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Muslim and Catonsville are just not registering in my brain.Grew up in Irvington.

katy the mean old lady on December 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Yah, cuz like, you know, if he hadn’t gone after sadam hussein they wouldn’t have toppled the world trade center or something right? I

WitchDoctor on December 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Bush’ Patriot Act is why these terrorists are being caught abroad.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

And at home.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Just be thankful that the would be terrorists are not competent white males. Janet Baby really needs to go after these white males because if they were going to do something like blowing up a building, they would be successful.

PrettyD_Vicious on December 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Why do they keep perpetuating that myth? It really bugs me.

In 498 AD, Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata stated that “Sthanam sthanam dasa gunam” or place to place in ten times in value, which is the origin of the modern decimal-based place value notation.[20]

The oldest known text to use a decimal place-value system, including a zero, is the Jain text from India entitled the Lokavibhâga, dated 458 AD. This text uses Sanskrit numeral words for the digits, with words such as the Sanskrit word for void for zero.

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Sitting here waiting for the tidal wave of condemnation from the moderate muslims at this appalling distortion of their beautiful and peaceful religion.

Waiting…

Any time now…

*crickets*

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

wow, that’s got to be an o-riginal jihadi name there…./

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

It was either that, or Ramsey el Kaboom!

mwdiver on December 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Sometimes lies have to be perpetuated in the service of a good cause. After all, without the myth of the invention of the zero, the muslims’ cupboard looks pretty bare.

Cicero43 on December 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

No Muslim, no cry.

I dunno, could the United States of America get by without any Muslims?

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Wait, let’s not jump to conclusions about his religion, he was probably a secular left RIGHT wing whack job.

Daemonocracy on December 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Fixed.

CurtZHP on December 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I am waiting for a muslim to try for Alaska….

The polar bears are our second line of defense.

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Probably a group of Separatist Mennonites.

regal on December 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

It looks like another case of home-grown jihadism, although we will certainly hear later if this plot, like other recent plots, had anything to do with al-Qaeda in any form.

You know Ed that it doesn’t have to be the misguided lonesome loser tiny fringe that is Al Q, it might be plain old vanilla Islam. The kind that lives “peacefully” next door to you and asks for all the favors. You have a “little Mogadishu” in your neighborhood, hows that community blessing the locals in your area?

BL@KBIRD on December 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Probably a group of Separatist Mennonites.

regal on December 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I was having a difficult time finding something to laugh about today….but this did it. Funny! Thanks!

redwhiteblue on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

redwhiteblue on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Did it for me too.

ORconservative on December 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Don’t forget the Muslim who wanted to blow up the dc subway system. He lived a mile away from me.
Islam is the problem.

GardenGnome on December 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Real glad I live in podunk ND.
Smell my arsenal of rifles jihadi scum.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I think this guy must really hate the health care bill.

nazo311 on December 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Armed Americans. Every able bodied person packing.
That would go a long way in solving problems like this.
People need to stop looking to the authorities for their safety.
The 1st line of defense is the citizen.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

..so this means the TSA will be groping potential armed service aspirants outside the office doors.

Go a better idea: just have anyone interested in joining the military just go for their physical first, get certified, and THEN go to the recruiting office.

Tangential disturbing image for those never having had the pleasure of experiencing a military physical: you are never more naked than when you are in a crowded room wearing only size 11 wingtips and dark socks.

The War Planner on December 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Oh, what a surprise…another muslim wanting to blow us up. Oh but hey, lets keep patting down those nuns…

jbh45 on December 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain,

wow, that’s got to be an o-riginal jihadi name there…./

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Maybe he’s a big fan of American Carol.

I think this guy must really hate the health care bill.

nazo311 on December 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Or the delay in repealing DADT.

malclave on December 8, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Tangential disturbing image for those never having had the pleasure of experiencing a military physical: you are never more naked than when you are in a crowded room wearing only size 11 wingtips and dark socks.

The War Planner on December 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Duck walk FTW.

malclave on December 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

The FBI’s recent catches of several would-be bombers is a good sign that they have penetrated some communications efforts by jihadis.

So let’s tell everyone how they did it….
/nyt

ScottG on December 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM

HE WUZ FRAMED!

/s

ornery_independent on December 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

FIFY.

It’s time to ban islam in America.

Rebar on December 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

The Roman Empire called. They’d like to ask how you plan to succeed better then they did with a religion that actually hits back. And they’re only the first ones on the line.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain…

Antonio Martinez, eh?

What’s his immigration status? This guy could be a two-fer!

Haiku Guy on December 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I don’t think “erstwhile” means what you think it means.

The Monster on December 8, 2010 at 3:27 PM

“The man, who has not yet been identified, was a United States national of Nicaraguan descent, according to WBAL-TV in Baltimore.”

Poster boy for Harry Reid’s DREAM Act… Give this guy free college tuition.

Antonio Martinez

Color me shocked… Over 100 court records under that name in Maryland.

Terp Mole on December 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The Roman Empire called. They’d like to ask how you plan to succeed better then they did with a religion that actually hits back. And they’re only the first ones on the line. Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Which one would that be? Don’t know what you’re driving at there.

Speaking of religions and Rome though, the Church conquered Rome without attacking Rome or defending herself. Pretty nifty.

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Plotting to blow up a military recruitment center? Oh, let him go. Who knows, he might become a celebrated educator, a professor emeritus, and even be instrumental in launching the political career of some future President of the United States. Oh, you laugh. I know. I was being silly!

Paul-Cincy on December 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Which one would that be? Don’t know what you’re driving at there.

Speaking of religions and Rome though, the Church conquered Rome without attacking Rome or defending herself. Pretty nifty.

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Sorry, had a bit of a brain-to-keyboard disconnect there.

To state that a little more clearly: if the Romans couldn’t get rid of a peaceful splinter-cult of Judaism in its embryonic stage with all manner of brutality…how exactly do you plan to win against an established religion that is quite willing to hit back?

The ONLY viable plan I’ve ever heard from a rightist who declared “All of Iz-lahm is TEH ENEMY!” was to flatten Mecca. That could collapse Islam because nobody could make the pilgrimage…but it could also send them all into a bloodwrath we would be in poor shape to withstand.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

What, oh what, could the two plots have in common?

Probably that both suspects would not have been dangerous without the FBI’s involvement. In the case of Portland bomber wannabe Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the FBI gave him the bomb, and then arrested him for trying to use it. If they hadn’t provided the bomb-making expertise (which is not easy to come by), Mohamud would just have been another 19-year-old shooting off his mouth.

I’m not familiar with the details of this new case, but if it involves the same “sting” tactics as Mohamud’s case, I would question how much of a threat the guy was. If the FBI needs to give Muslim terrorists bombs in order to protect us from terrorist bombings, we may be safer if they just left well enough alone.

The FBI is quick to emphasize there is no longer any threat. Well, of course there’s not. Without the FBI egging these dopes on, there may not have been a treat to begin with.

Enrique on December 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM

the FBI has caught another erstwhile bomber in Baltimore

“Erstwhile” means “former.” You meant “would-be.”

bgoldman on December 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Gee, what a surprise! Another guy named “Muhammad” trying to blow people up! Who’d a thunk it?

JayVee on December 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I guess cair will be out saying the fbi tricked him into doing this
letget on December 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

And just as certain: That Zuhdi Jasser’s group will be out applauding the FBI for their work voicing their opinion that this ‘upstanding citizen’ be punished to the full extent of the law.
Jasser’s a former Naval officer and a patriot.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM

If you designate Islam as a politcal organization (bcs it IS one with a religious component), like the Communist Party USA, that is a subversive, criminal element, then perhaps we would be better able to get rid of the agitators.
That doesn’t necessarily mean banning muslims per se, but just like with communists, whose allegiance was to the USSR & to engage in any legal & illegal activities in order to bring down all governments, so is Islam of the same cut.
Islam is bwent upon destroying all forms of worldly govt at present & instituting a world wide caliphate.
And there were those who laughed at the notion that communists wanted to do that, but they did bcs it was in all of their communications, manifesto, even Lenin’s own words described the role of American communists was to illegally overthrow the US govt.
This is not being paranoid.
They are at war with us.
It is a declaration of war.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

One would think the wannabes would start to be a little skeptical of new friends providing them with a bomb and detonator.

True, and it makes me kinds wish they didn’t publicize these arrests so much. :)

Bob's Kid on December 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

If you designate Islam as a politcal organization (bcs it IS one with a religious component), like the Communist Party USA, that is a subversive, criminal element, then perhaps we would be better able to get rid of the agitators.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I could go with that.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

That could collapse Islam because nobody could make the pilgrimage…but it could also send them all into a bloodwrath we would be in poor shape to withstand.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

You’ll never be able to prevent people from believing in evil notions.
Islam would just be replaced by some other suicidial nutcase ideology.
The followers of islam have declared unending war with the infidel & it will never end.
The best that Democratic regimes & Republics can do is to contain these savages.
By killing them at their house when they mess with us & by making sure they can’t trade with anyone or get around the world.
But instead, we are trading with them & giving them legitimacy by dealing with them & acknowledging their existence.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Another Muslim terrorist recruit renamed ‘Muhammed’. Is there a lesson here to be learned by TSA officials instead of frisking five-year-old and goosing grannies? Duuuuhhh! Probably not.

MaiDee on December 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I could go with that.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Yeah I know I’m dreaming, though.
Alexander Palmer, McCarthy-we need stuff like that again.
If you’re a communist or a member of a mosque preaching death to America, the West, etc., then you are investigated as a treasonous element & if necessary, deported or tried for treason.
If you want to be a muslim & live here, then you need to STFU & live under the rules of the country you’re in.
Don’t like it, LEAVE.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I wonder when they’ll just start arresting people for “terrorist” thoughts rather than going through all this hassle of convincing them to do it and handing them a fake bomb? That would be far more efficient don’t you think? Or just start arresting all Muslims.

popularpeoplesfront on December 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM

You’ll never be able to prevent people from believing in evil notions.
Islam would just be replaced by some other suicidial nutcase ideology.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Exactly my worry, what’s to keep some bright imam from saying that Allah has just revealed Washington DC is to be the site for rebuilding Mecca or something? The religion itself isn’t the ultimate problem.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

We don’t need more McCarthy’s – he was like a blind man with an automatic shotgun. But we definitely need more Palmers, especially on the immigration front,

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM

FIFY.

It’s time to ban islam in America.

Rebar on December 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

The Roman Empire called. They’d like to ask how you plan to succeed better then they did with a religion that actually hits back. And they’re only the first ones on the line.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Check out what happened to Judaea after the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Slowburn on December 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The local Baltimore rock station even interrupted its broadcast to get a newscaster on and discuss this. I think people are starting to finally wake up to what’s going on.

nukemhill on December 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

We don’t need more McCarthy’s – he was like a blind man with an automatic shotgun. But we definitely need more Palmers, especially on the immigration front,

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I have no problem with McCarthy.
His only problem was that he was too loud about his investigations, was an unlikeable person, & was smeared by the press.
If he had had charisma, we wouldn’t talk about Joe McCarthy as a bad guy.
He did good work & should have been listened to.
But he wasn’t as savvy & smarmy as his detractors.
The man gets a bad rap for doing the right thing.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Check out what happened to Judaea after the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Slowburn on December 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Israel is back, Rome is gone and nearly forgotten. As always the religious group is having the last laugh.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

The man gets a bad rap for doing the right thing.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:21 PM

He did the right thing, just in a very poor fashion.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

just in a very poor fashion.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I still stand by him.
He was a good man.
And it always is the hardest thing to do the right thing.
It’s a shame how he decided to end things.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Check out what happened to Judaea after the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Slowburn on December 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Israel is back, Rome is gone and nearly forgotten. As always the religious group is having the last laugh.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

After nineteen hundred years. I’ll take my chances.

Slowburn on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

After nineteen hundred years. I’ll take my chances.

Slowburn on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

That’s certainly a valid argument. Especially seeing as how we might not last another decade…

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The Justice Department warned of right wing violence. How many of these attacks have been from the right?

Grunt on December 8, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Why is the Obama regime busy busting bombers when they already expressed their desire for the absorption of such acts?

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Antonio Martinez,

For once, a terrorist without a Muslim name or connected to Islam!

a Muslim convert

Well, at least without a Muslim name…

who called himself Muhammed Hussain,

sigh. Never mind.

Nope, no need to profile here!!

tom on December 8, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Oh hell, let’s just bug everyone that owns a copy of mein koran.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Heard some interesting things on WBAL tonight, and am connecting a couple of dots.

1) A profiler was on and she made the point that Hussain fits the role of a serial killer vs. a psychotic mass murderer wannabe. He left the vehicle outside the recruiting office and then left, thinking the bomb would go off after he’d gotten away. The Feds nabbed him leaving the scene.
2) Dutch Rupersberger (one of MD’s Reps in the House; 2nd District, I believe) says Hussain made it pretty clear to his acquaintances that he was on a mission, and in fact tried to recruit five of them to help him. One of these then called the FBI to let them know. They followed up and set Hussain up with dummy explosives.

A couple of thoughts:
1) How much assistance does he get from the FBI before he can yell entrapment? They apparently were intimately involved from the point where his buddy spilled the beans. Seems like an awfully fuzzy area, as far as I’m concerned. This is probably why we don’t want to try these guys in civilian courts. We must be fracturing quite a few rules in these takedowns.
2) There seems to be a pattern with these failed home-growns of late. The attempt in Times Square; the attempt in Portland; and now the attempt here in Baltimore–They all seem to not be interested in martyrdom. They each set their devices where they wanted them, and then attempted to get away. I’m not sure what to think of that. But it has both a good side to it and a bad, as far as I can tell. The good is that they don’t seem quite so invested in ensuring the outcome. But it also seems to indicate a “wiser” type of character is coming into the game. These guys seem to have a longer-term perspective, which worries me. It’s a different psychopathology, as indicated above.

I’m keeping an ear to the radio. WBAL seems to be staying on top of all of this. If I hear anything new, I’ll follow up.

nukemhill on December 8, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Let me guess the identity of the perpetrator…

Ummmmmmm, I will say 63-year-old ……..Irish lady ????

cableguy615 on December 8, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Especially seeing as how we might not last another decade…

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I’m pretty sure we’ll still be around despite the morons in charge.
I have faith in the determination of my fellow countrymen.
Just not all of them.

Badger40 on December 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM