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Long list of terror
attacks thwarted by Bush admin since 9/11 – with the one below, indicates
both numbers are slightly off but serve as a stark reminder of the growing
threat facing America. Then there are the plots that are never publicly
Terrorist Plots Foiled: How The System Worked:
Based on public information, the U.S. has foiled at least 30
terrorist attacks since 9/11. In two cases, the outcome was the result of sheer
luck. The foiling of the rest was the result of good law enforcement and
effective intelligence gathering and information sharing.
30 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foild Since 9/11
1. Richard Reid, December 2001. A British citizen and self-professed follower
of Osama bin Laden trained in Afghanistan, Reid hid explosives inside his shoes
before boarding a flight from Paris to Miami on which he attempted to light the
fuse with a match. Reid was caught in the act and apprehended on board the plane
by the flight attendants and passengers. FBI officials took Reid into custody
after the plane made an emergency landing at Boston’s Logan International
In 2003, Reid was found guilty on charges of terrorism, and a U.S. federal
court sentenced him to life imprisonment.
2. Jose Padilla, May 2002. U.S. officials arrested Padilla in May 2002 at
O’Hare airport in Chicago as he returned to the United States from Pakistan,
where he met with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and received al-Qaeda
instructions and training. Upon his arrest, he was initially charged as an
enemy combatant and for planning to use a dirty bomb (an explosive laced with
radioactive material) in an attack against America.
Prior to his conviction, Padilla brought a case against the federal
government claiming that he had been denied the right of habeas corpus (the
right of an individual to petition against unlawful imprisonment). In a 5-to-4
decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the case against him had been filed
improperly. In 2005, the government indicted Padilla for conspiring against
the U.S. with Islamic terrorist groups.
In August 2007, Padilla was found guilty by a civilian jury after a
three-month trial. He was later sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Florida to 17 years and four months in prison. Padilla
continues to attempt to have his conviction overturned.
3. Lackawanna Six, September 2002. When the FBI arrested Sahim Alwan, Yahya
Goba, Yasein Taher, Faysal Galab, Shafal Mosed, and Mukhtar al-Bakri, the press
dubbed them the “Lackawanna Six,” the “Buffalo Six,” or the “Buffalo Cell.” Five
of the six had been born and raised in Lackawanna, New York. These six
American citizens of Yemeni descent were arrested for conspiring with terrorist
groups. They had stated that they were going to Pakistan to attend a religious
training camp but instead attended an al-Qaeda jihadist camp.
All six pled guilty in 2003 to providing support to al-Qaeda. Goba and
al-Bakri were sentenced to 10 years in prison, Taher and Mosed to eight years,
Alwan to nine and a half years, and Galab to seven years. Mosed and Galab
have since completed their sentences and have been released.
Recent reports indicate that Jaber Elbaneh, one of the FBI’s most wanted and
often considered to be a seventh member of the Lackawanna cell, has been
captured in Yemen. It remains to be seen, however, whether he will be tried in
the U.S., since the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Yemen.
4. Iyman Faris, May 2003. Faris is a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally
from Kashmir, who was living in Columbus, Ohio. He was arrested for conspiring
to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge, a plot devised after
meetings with al-Qaeda leadership including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The New
York City Police Department learned of the plot and increased police
surveillance around the bridge. Faced with the additional security, Faris and
his superiors canceled the attack.
Faris pled guilty to conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaeda
and was later sentenced in federal district court to 20 years in prison, the
maximum allowed under his plea agreement.
5. Virginia Jihad Network, June 2003. Eleven men were arrested in Alexandria,
Virginia, for weapons counts and for violating the Neutrality Acts, which
prohibit U.S. citizens and residents from attacking countries with which the
United States is at peace. Four of the 11 men pled guilty. Upon further
investigation, the remaining seven were indicted on additional charges of
conspiring to support terrorist organizations. They were found to have
connections with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-i-Taiba, a terrorist
organization that targets the Indian government. The authorities stated that the
Virginia men had used paintball games to train and prepare for battle. The group
had also acquired surveillance and night vision equipment and wireless video
cameras. Two more individuals were later indicted in the plot: Ali
al-Timimi, the group’s spiritual leader, and Ali Asad Chandia.
Ali al-Timimi was found guilty of soliciting individuals to assault the
United States and sentenced to life in prison. Ali Asad Chandia received 15
years for supporting Lashkar-i-Taiba. Randall Todd Royer, Ibrahim al-Hamdi,
Yong Ki Kwon, Khwaja Mahmood Hasan, Muhammed Aatique, and Donald T. Surratt pled
guilty and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years and 10 months
to 20 years. Masoud Khan, Seifullah Chapman, and Hammad Adur-Raheem were found
guilty and later sentenced to prison terms ranging from 52 months to life.
Both Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur-Raheem and Sabri Benkhala were acquitted at
6. Nuradin M. Abdi, November 2003. Abdi, a Somali citizen living in Columbus,
Ohio, was arrested and charged in a plot to bomb a local shopping mall. Abdi was
an associate of convicted terrorists Christopher Paul and Iyman Faris and
admittedly conspired with the two to provide material support to terrorists.
Following his arrest, Abdi admitted to traveling overseas to seek admittance to
terrorist training camps, as well as to having met with a Somali warlord
associated with Islamists.
Abdi has since pled guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to
terrorists, one of the four counts for which he was indicted. He was
subsequently sentenced to 10 years in jail per the terms of a plea
7. Dhiren Barot, August 2004. Seven members of a terrorist cell led by Barot
were arrested for plotting to attack the New York Stock Exchange and other
financial institutions in New York, Washington, and Newark, New Jersey. They
were later accused of planning attacks in England. The plots included a
“memorable black day of terror” that would have included detonating a dirty
bomb. A July 2004 police raid on Barot’s house in Pakistan yielded a number
of incriminating files on a laptop computer, including instructions for building
Dhiren Barot pled guilty and was convicted in the United Kingdom for
conspiracy to commit mass murder and sentenced to 40 years. However, in May
2007, his sentence was reduced to 30 years. His seven co-conspirators were
sentenced to terms ranging from 15 to 26 years on related charges of conspiracy
to commit murder and conspiracy to cause explosion.
8. James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj, August 2004. James Elshafay and
Shahawar Matin Siraj, both reportedly self-radicalized, were arrested for
plotting to bomb a subway station near Madison Square Garden in New York City
before the Republican National Convention. An undercover detective from the
New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division infiltrated the group,
providing information to authorities, and later testified against Elshafay and
Siraj was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Elshafay, a U.S.
citizen, pled guilty and received a lighter, five-year sentence for testifying
against his co-conspirator.
9. Yassin Aref and Mohammad Hossain, August 2004. Two leaders of a mosque in
Albany, New York, were charged with plotting to purchase a shoulder-fired
grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat. An investigation by
the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and local police
contributed to the arrest. With the help of an informant, the FBI set up a sting
that lured Mohammed Hossain into a fake terrorist conspiracy. Hossain brought
Yassin Araf, a Kurdish refugee, as a witness. The informant offered details of a
fake terrorist plot, claiming that he needed the missiles to murder a Pakistani
diplomat in New York City. Both Aref and Hossain agreed to help.
Aref and Hossain were found guilty of money-laundering and conspiracy to
conceal material support for terrorism and were sentenced to 15 years in
10. Umer Hayat and Hamid Hayat, June 2005. Umer Hayat, a Pakistani immigrant,
and Hamid Hayat, his American son, were arrested in Lodi, California, after
allegedly lying to the FBI about Hamid’s attendance at an Islamic terrorist
training camp in Pakistan.
Hamid was found guilty of providing material support to terrorists and
providing false statements to the FBI. He was sentenced to 24 years in
prison for these acts. Umer’s trial ended in a mistrial. He later pled
guilty to lying to customs agents in his attempt to carry $28,000 into Pakistan
and was sentenced to “time served.”
11. Levar Haley Washington, Gregory Vernon Patterson, Hammad Riaz Samana, and
Kevin James, August 2005. The members of the group were arrested in Los Angeles
and charged with conspiring to attack National Guard facilities, synagogues, and
other targets in the Los Angeles area. Kevin James allegedly founded Jamiyyat
Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS), a radical Islamic prison group, and converted Levar
Washington and others to the group’s mission. The JIS allegedly planned to
finance its operations by robbing gas stations. After Washington and Patterson
were arrested for robbery, police and federal agents began a terrorist
investigation, and a search of Washington’s apartment revealed a suspicious
James and Washington pled guilty in December 2007. James was sentenced to 16
years in prison and Washington to 22 years. Patterson received 151 months, while
Samana was found unfit to stand trial and was initially detained in a federal
prison mental facility. He was later sentenced to 70 months in jail.
12. Michael C. Reynolds, December 2005. Michael C. Reynolds was arrested by
the FBI and charged with involvement in a plot to blow up a Wyoming natural gas
refinery; the Transcontinental Pipeline, a natural-gas pipeline from the Gulf
Coast to New York and New Jersey; and a Standard Oil refinery in New Jersey.
He was arrested while trying to pick up a $40,000 payment for planning the
attack. Shannen Rossmiller, his purported contact, was a Montana judge who
was working with the FBI. The FBI later found explosives in a storage locker in
Reynolds’s hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Reynolds claimed that he
was working as a private citizen to find terrorists.
Reynolds was convicted of providing material support to terrorists,
soliciting a crime of violence, unlawful distribution of explosives, and
unlawful possession of a hand grenade. He was sentenced to 30 years in
13. Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Zand Wassim Mazloum,
February 2006. Amawi, El-Hindi, and Mazloum were arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for
“conspiring to kill or injure people in the Middle East” and providing material
support to terrorist organizations. The three men allegedly intended to build
bombs for use in Iraq and verbally threatened attacks against President George
W. Bush. The investigation was begun with the help of an informant who was
approached to help to train the group.
In June 2008, all three were convicted of conspiring to commit acts of
terrorism against Americans overseas, including U.S. military personnel in Iraq,
and other terrorism-related violations. Amawi was sentenced to 20 years,
el-Hindi to 13 years, and Mazloum to approximately eight years.
14. Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, April 2006. Ahmed and
Sadequee, from Atlanta, Georgia, were accused of conspiracy, having discussed
terrorist targets with alleged terrorist organizations. They allegedly met with
Islamic extremists in the U.S. and gathered videotape surveillance of potential
targets in the Washington, D.C., area, including the U.S. Capitol and the World
Bank headquarters, and sent the videos to a London Islamist group. Ahmed is said
also to have traveled to Pakistan with the goal of joining
Both men were indicted for providing material support to terrorist
organizations and pled not guilty. In June 2009, a federal district judge
found Ahmed “guilty of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists here
and overseas.” Ahmed was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Sadequee was also found guilty and sentenced to 17 years.
15. Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera,
Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augustine, June 2006. Seven
men were arrested in Miami and Atlanta for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower
in Chicago, FBI offices, and other government buildings around the country. The
arrests resulted from an investigation involving an FBI informant. Allegedly,
Batiste was the leader of the group and first suggested attacking the Sears
Tower in December 2005.
All of the suspects pled not guilty. On December 13, 2007, Lemorin was
acquitted of all charges, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on the other
six.  The second trial ended in a mistrial in April 2008. In the third
trial, the jury convicted five of the men on multiple conspiracy charges and
acquitted Herrera on all counts. On November 20, 2009, the five were sentenced
to prison terms ranging from six to 13.5 years, with Batiste receiving the
16. Assem Hammoud, July 2006. Conducting online surveillance of chat rooms,
the FBI discovered a plot to attack underground transit links between New York
City and New Jersey. Eight suspects including Assem Hammoud, an al-Qaeda
loyalist living in Lebanon, were arrested for plotting to bomb New York City
train tunnels. Hammoud, a self-proclaimed operative for al-Qaeda, admitted to
the plot. He was held by Lebanese authorities but was not extradited because
the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon. In June 2008,
Lebanese authorities released him on bail. He is awaiting trial before a
Lebanese military court.
17. Liquid Explosives Plot, August 2006. British law enforcement stopped a
terrorist plot to blow up 10 U.S.-bound commercial airliners with liquid
explosives. Twenty-four suspects were arrested in the London area. The style
of the plot raised speculation that al-Qaeda was behind it, but no concrete
evidence has established a link.
The United Kingdom initially charged 15 of the 24 arrested individuals on
charges ranging from conspiring to commit murder to planning to commit terrorist
acts. Eventually, in April 2008, only eight men were brought to trial. In
September, the jury found none of the defendants guilty of conspiring to target
aircraft but three guilty of conspiracy to murder. The jury was unable to
reach verdicts on four of the men. One man was found not guilty on all
18. Derrick Shareef, December 2006. Shareef was arrested on charges of
planning to set off hand grenades in a shopping mall outside Chicago. Shareef
reportedly acted alone and was arrested after meeting with an undercover Joint
Terrorism Task Force agent. FBI reports indicated that the mall was one of
several potential targets, including courthouses, city halls, and government
facilities. Shareef, however, settled on attacking a mall in the days
immediately preceding Christmas because he believed it would cause the greatest
amount of chaos and damage. Shareef was also found to have connections to
convicted terrorist Hassan Agujihaad, who was charged with attempted use of a
weapon of mass destruction and later sentenced to 35 years in prison.
19. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, March 2007. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, captured in
Pakistan in 2003, was involved in a number of terrorist plots and is one of the
most senior bin Laden operatives ever captured. He is being held at the U.S.
military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. In March 2007, Mohammed admitted
to helping plan, organize, and run the 9/11 attacks and also claimed
responsibility for planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the
bombings of nightclubs in Bali in 2002 and a Kenyan hotel. He has stated that he
was involved in the decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
and took responsibility for helping to plan the failed shoe-bomb attack by
Richard Reid, along with plots to attack Heathrow Airport, Canary Wharf, Big
Ben, various targets in Israel, the Panama Canal, Los Angeles, Chicago, the
Empire State building, and U.S. nuclear power stations. He had also plotted to
assassinate Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton.
In December 2008, Mohammed and his four co-defendants (Ramzi Binalshibh,
Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, and Walid Bin Attash) told the
military tribunal judge that they wanted to confess and plead guilty to all
charges. The judge has approved the guilty plea of Mohammed and two
co-defendants but has required mental competency hearings before allowing the
other two conspirators to plead guilty. In November 2009, U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder announced that Mohammed would be relocated to the United States to
face civilian trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York, although this relocation has yet to occur.
20. Fort Dix Plot, May 2007. Six men were arrested in a plot to attack Fort
Dix, a U.S. Army post in New Jersey. The plan involved using assault rifles and
grenades to attack and kill U.S. soldiers. Five of the alleged conspirators had
conducted training missions in the nearby Pocono Mountains. The sixth helped to
obtain weapons. The arrests were made after a 16-month FBI operation that
included infiltrating the group. The investigation began after a store clerk
alerted authorities after discovering a video file of the group firing weapons
and calling for jihad. The group has no known direct connections to any
international terrorist organization.
In December 2008, five of the men were found guilty on the conspiracy charges
but were acquitted of charges of attempted murder. Four were also convicted
on weapons charges. The five men received sentences ranging from 33 years to
life plus 30. The sixth co-defendant pled guilty to aiding and abetting the
others in illegal possession of weapons and was sentenced to 20 months in
21. JFK Airport Plot, June 2007. Four men plotted to blow up “aviation fuel
tanks and pipelines at the John F. Kennedy International Airport” in New York
City. They believed that such an attack would cause “greater destruction than in
the Sept. 11 attacks.” Authorities stated that the attack “could have caused
significant financial and psychological damage, but not major loss of
Russell Defreitas, the leader of the group, was arrested in Brooklyn. The
other three members of the group—Abdul Kadir, Kareem Ibrahim, and Abdel Nur—were
detained in Trinidad and extradited in June 2008. Kadir and Nur have links to
Islamic extremists in South America and the Caribbean. Kadir was an imam in
Guyana, former member of the Guyanese Parliament, and mayor of Linden, Guyana.
Ibrahim is a Trinidadian citizen, and Nur is a Guyanese citizen. The men pled
not guilty to the charges and are awaiting trial.
22. Hassan Abujihaad, March 2008. Hassan Abujihaad, a former U.S. Navy sailor
from Phoenix, Arizona, was convicted of supporting terrorism and disclosing
classified information, including the location of Navy ships and their
vulnerabilities, to Barbar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, the alleged
administrators of Azzam Publication Web sites (the London organization that
provided material support and resources to terrorists). Abujihaad was arrested
in March 2007 and pled not guilty to charges of supporting terrorism in April
2007. In May 2008, he was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 10 years in
prison. Both Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are being held in Britain on
anti-terrorism charges and are fighting extradition to the U.S.
23. Christopher Paul, June 2008. Christopher Paul is a U.S. citizen from
Columbus, Ohio. He joined al-Qaeda in the 1990s and was involved in conspiracies
to target Americans in the United States and overseas. In 1999, he became
connected to an Islamic terrorist cell in Germany, where he was involved in a
plot to target Americans at foreign vacation resorts. He later returned to Ohio
and was subsequently arrested for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass
destruction—specifically, explosive devices—”against targets in Europe and the
United States.” Paul pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 20 years in
24. Synagogue Terror Plot, May 2009. On May 20, 2009, the New York Police
Department announced the arrest of James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta
Williams, and Laguerre Payen for plotting to blow up area Jewish centers and
shoot down planes at a nearby Air National Guard Base. The four had
attempted to gain access to Stinger missiles and were caught in the act of
placing bombs in the buildings and in a car. (The bombs were duds, because
undercover agents sold the four defendants fake explosives as part of an ongoing
sting operation). All four men have pled not guilty and are awaiting
25. Najibullah Zazi, September 2009 . Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghani, was
arrested after purchasing large quantities of chemicals used to make a TATP
bomb, the same type of weapon used in the 2005 bombing of the London Underground
and the 2001 shoe-bomb plot. Zazi had traveled to Pakistan, where he received
instruction in bomb-making and attended an al-Qaeda training camp. Zazi
allegedly planned to detonate TATP bombs on the New York City subway.
Najibullah Zazi’s father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, was also indicted for
obstructing justice by helping his son cover up plans for his attack. Najibullah
pled guilty and remains in jail, while Mohammed pled not guilty and has been
freed on bail. Zazi’s guilty plea was the result of a plea bargain, and he
awaits sentencing on June 25, 2010, while Mohammed awaits trial.
At least three other individuals have since been arrested on allegations of
traveling overseas with Zazi to receive terrorist training and making false
statements to authorities. One of them, New York religious leader Ahmad
Afzali, has pled guilty to charges of lying to federal agents about informing
Zazi that he was being investigated by authorities. Zarein Ahmedzay has also
pled guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the foiled
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