The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a teenage American national of Somali origin with suspected links to Pakistan-based terror outfits for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb at an annual Christmas tree [ Images ] lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.
The arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, on Friday evening was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation during which he had been monitored closely for months as his alleged bomb plot developed.
Mohamud was taken into custody by the FBI after he allegedly attempted to remotely detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The device was in fact inert; and the public was never in danger from it, the Justice Department said in a statement on Saturday. Mohamud is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Portland on Monday.
It is so much easier to manipulate voters into voting for you if you got a good threat to protect them from. When JFK was campaigning for office against Nixon people were very worried about what Sputnik meant in terms of the missiles race. Both JFK and Nixon knew that we had the Russians beat in terms of who had the most missiles. Nixon chose to keep silent about this for national security. JFK chose to insinuate that if elected he would make sure we had more (the fact that we already did was not something of importance). Manipulation, pure and simple. With Russia off the list of evil villains to fear we just have to make sure we keep these terrorists on that list.