A Georgia man was arrested today for an alleged terrorist plot to blow up the White House, Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks after acquiring weapons and explosives.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, GA, has been under investigation since a tip from a neighbor warned law enforcement that he had been radicalized and was planning on acts of jihad against America. He had even changed his name so he could flee abroad after the terrorist attacks.
According to local reports, Taheb had traded his car for weapons and explosives to be used in the terrorist attacks. How he did this and who he traded with has not yet been released. Other reports indicate he sold his car to have money to travel.
“His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area,” U.S. Attorney B.J. Pak said.
The moral of this story is that American citizens are the best intelligence sources for law enforcement to be able to locate potential terrorists and prevent their attacks. This thwarted attempt was only possible because of a tip to law enforcement.