Georgia Man Charged In Plot To Attack White House With Anti-Tank Rocket

Georgia Man Charged In Plot To Attack White House With Anti-Tank Rocket

A 21-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly planning an attack on the White House and other federal buildings.

An FBI agent's affidavit says 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb of the Atlanta suburb of Cumming was arrested Wednesday in Gwinnett County in a sting after he traded his auto for weapons.

Taheb applied for a US passport in July, stating that he had misplaced his previous one, and in August he put his vehicle up for sale, telling an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who expressed interest in buying it that he was selling the auto to fund his travel overseas, according to the complaint. "BJay" Pak says Taheb planned to use an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket.

"Taheb's alleged attack on the White House was supposed to take place around Thursday and involve various explosives and firearms, though even days before he claimed he had still never fired a gun in his life, according to the criminal complaint".

The FBI set up the sting after a local law enforcement agency said in March that it got a tip from someone who said Mr Taheb had become radicalised.

CNN tried to reach an attorney who represented Taheb in court but was unsuccessful. Some of his other alleged targets included the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Statue of Liberty.

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Investigators said it is believed Taheb was acting alone.

At another meeting, he showed the undercover agent a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House and detailed a plan for attack, the affidavit says.

"He said the group would fight to the end and make it a big bang", the charging document states, adding that he discussed having a "base" for his group, and from there, giving speeches "to motivate people" and show clips of "oppressed Muslims". He expected two other people, who were actually an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover agent and an Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source, would join him in the attack, prosecutors said.

Officials say he plotted his attack on his own, and without the aid of any group or organization.

He was arrested on January 16 when he met another undercover agent to supposedly obtain weapons and explosives.

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