LUBBOCK, Texas — A Saudi man has been busted for allegedly buying chemicals and equipment to make a bomb and researching US targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, federal officials said today.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a Saudi national and a legal resident of Texas, was arrested Wednesday night and faces charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Aldawsari, a student at South Plains College near Lubbock, allegedly referred to Bush’s Dallas home as “tyrant’s house” and possibly contemplated using dolls to conceal the explosives, according to the Justice Department.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Aldawsari has been researching online how to build a bomb.
Aldawsari conducted research on various targets and e-mailed himself information on three locations and people.
One of the emails he sent himself — with the subject line listed as “Targets” — allegedly contained the names and home addresses of three Americans who had previously served in the military and had been stationed for a time at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The affidavit also alleges Aldawsari sent himself an e-mail titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for the former president.
In addition, Aldawsari has allegedly described his desire for jihad in blog postings and a personal journal.
Any minute now the Justice Department will release a statement saying this has something to do with income inequality and not Islamic extremism.