Massachusetts man charged in plot to blow up Pentagon
By TIM MAK | 9/28/11 4:30 PM EDT Updated: 9/28/11 5:11 PM EDT
Undercover FBI agents arrested a U.S. citizen Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using large, remote-controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives.
Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, was also charged with attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas, the Justice Department announced in a news release. Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, Mass.
Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, began planning to commit a terrorist act in early 2010, according to the DoJ. He allegedly supplied mobile phones — modified to act as a trigger for an improvised electrical device — to undercover FBI agents who he believed to be members of Al Qaeda.
Told the devices would be used to kill Americans stationed overseas, he responded, “That was exactly what I wanted.” The DoJ said Ferdaus, who thought his detonation devices had been used to kill Americans, was anxious to know whether they had worked, and how many Americans were killed.