That's on the New York Times website, but the Times's own carefully chosen headline was Oregon Teen Arrested in Plot to Bomb Holiday Event,By Liz Robbins And Edward Wyatt, November 27, 2010.(In an early War On Christmas note, featuring actual war for a change, the "Holiday Event" was a Christmas Tree lighting.)
The "teen"—that's 19, an adult under US law, is named Mohamed. He's not just named Mohamed, he's named Mohamed Mohamud.
The bomb, which was in a van parked off Pioneer Courthouse Square, was a fake — planted by F.B.I. agents as part of the elaborate sting — but “the threat was very real,” said Arthur Balizan, the F.B.I.’s special agent in charge in Oregon. An estimated 10,000 people were at the ceremony on Friday night, the Portland police said.
Mr. Balizan identified the suspect as Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized United States citizen who lived in Corvallis, Ore. He was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
A while back, I quoted Mark Steyn, (adding links)
"These days, whenever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves a fellow called Mohammed. A plane flies into the World Trade Centre? Mohammed Atta. A gunman shoots up the El Al counter at Los Angeles airport? Hesham Mohamed Hedayet. A sniper starts killing petrol station customers around Washington, DC? John Allen Muhammed. A guy fatally stabs a Dutch movie director? Mohammed Bouyeri. A terrorist slaughters dozens in Bali? Noordin Mohamed. A gang-rapist in Sydney? Mohammed Skaf. "[Racism is bad - so is self-delusion - Telegraph, December 20, 2005]
That's certainly the first thing you think of when you hear that a guy named Mohamed Mohamud has been arrested for trying to blow up while shouting "Allah Akbar!"
But the second thing you should think is that this guy is a "naturalized United States citizen".
That means he took the oath of citizenship, which says
“I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”
This is supposed to have magic powers, changing anyone from anywhere into a loyal American citizen. In fact, it doesn't work that way.
In July of 2000, there was a debate in Insight Magazine on the question "Q: Does dual citizenship erode American national identity?" Peter Brimelow took the affirmative.
Yes: Liberal elites refuse to see the danger of the divided-loyalties time bomb.
They still don't, even when it involves real bombs.