This case has gotten almost no national attention, even though the criminal is an illegal alien Muslim from Jordan who tried to blow up a skyscraper. Perhaps the locale â€” Dallas â€” determined the dinosaur mediaâ€™s disinterest. By comparison, the similarly failed Times Square (New York City!) bomber Faisal Shahzad
, got a lot of ink.
Jordanian man gets 24 years in Dallas bomb plot, Associated Press, October 19, 2010A Jordanian man caught in an FBI sting trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years in federal prison.Hosam Smadi had faced up to life in prison but received a reduced sentence after pleading guilty in May to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.Smadi, 20, will likely be deported after serving his sentence.Smadi acknowledged leaving what he thought was a truck bomb in a garage beneath the Fountain Place building in September 2009. Smadi said he parked the truck, activated a timer connected to the decoy provided by undercover FBI agents, then rode away to watch the explosion.Smadi dialed a cell phone number from the roof of a nearby parking garage, where he had planned to watch the explosion. The number was supposed to set off his truck bomb. It instead alerted tactical agents hiding in a stairwell, who swarmed the rooftop and arrested the teenager.â€?Every day, I want you to think about the people in that building,â€? U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn said while sentencing Smadi. â€?They are your sisters. They are your teachers. They are your neighbors. And you were prepared to end their lives.â€?Posing as members of an al-Qaida sleeper cell, three undercover FBI employees had monitored Smadi since January 2009. After he shared his plans to blow up the office tower, they helped him secure a truck and fake bomb used to carry out the mission, according to court documents.Since the arrest, Smadiâ€™s public defenders have portrayed their client as a troubled and depressed young man, who exhibited signs of depression and mental illness when his parents separated and then suffered a breakdown after his motherâ€™s death from brain cancer. At the plea hearing in May, attorney Peter Fleury said Smadi had been diagnosed with schizophrenia by a prison doctor and a physician working for the defense.FBI officials, however, tell a different story. After monitoring Smadi for nine months, they say the defendant was a committed would-be terrorist determined to connect with al-Qaida or Hamas. It was fortunate, they say, that they found him first, spewing hatred for America on an extremist website.â€?Smadi was asked what he would do if he had never met the al Qaâ€™ida `sleeperâ€™ cell â€¦ ,â€? said Tom Petrowski, a supervisory special agent with the FBI in Dallas, in an affidavit. â€?Smadi replied that he would keep looking for such an entity to be a part of, even if it meant him having to leave the United States and go to Palestine and join Hamas or go back to Pakistan and join the Taliban.â€?
Daddy Smadi admitted being violent to his son (choking him
, for example), then sent the teen to America
because the kid was too messed up for him to deal with. Thanks a lot, bub!
The defense claimed insanity. Perhaps Smadi was depressed, but he followed the precepts of Islam to act out his frustrations, as have other possibly psychologically disturbed co-religionists. They include Naveed Haq
(the Muslim who killed a woman at a Seattle Jewish center), Omeed Asiz Popal
(the SUV jihadist in San Francisco), and Muzzammil Hassan
(the Buffalo Muslim who felt â€?incredible reliefâ€? after beheading his wife
Itâ€™s another good reason to stop Muslim immigration.