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:
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.