Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a nascent plot to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system, according to intelligence and law enforcement sources.First off, the alleged plotter is a "naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Pakistan," and presumably a Muslim, by the way, a word that doesn't appear in this story.
The investigation is focused on a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Pakistan, who became the target of an undercover sting operation, the sources said. An administration official said the man drew the attention of law enforcement officials by seeking to obtain unspecified materials. The planned attack was not imminent, the sources said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the matter remains under investigation.
The man, Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, is believed to have conceived of the plot and planned to carry it out on his own. It is not known how far he proceeded in his preparations.
Ahmed was expected to appear at a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He was arrested in Herndon.
Federal officials stressed that the public was never in danger. They said that, as part of the sting, Ahmed was asked to conduct video surveillance; he later turned that material over to federal agents whom he believed to be connected to al-Qaeda.
Unlike other U.S. citizens implicated in recent terrorism plots, Ahmed does not appear to have received overseas training from al-Qaeda or any of its affiliates, the sources said. [Feds investigate plot to attack Metro, By Peter Finn and Greg Miller, Washington Post, October 27, 2010]
So, a Muslim immigrant who (allegedly) wants to blow stuff up! Who would have thought it? And you'll notice that he's not alleged to have contact with overseas terrorists—he's allegedly a self-generating Muslim jihadi, who thinks to himself "I'm in America, I hate America, let's blow stuff up!"
How many other Muslim immigrants are thinking like that?