Hosam Maher Husein Smadi (inset), a 19-year-old Jordanian man previously charged with plotting to blow up a Dallas office building, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (WMD), and bomb a public parking garage.
According to the criminal complaint initially filed in the case, FBI agents had a virtual introduction to Smadi on the Web via "an online group of extremists." FBI Agent Daniel Petrowski contended that "Smadi stood out based on his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the United States."
In his original criminal charges, Smadi communicated his hatred of Jews and desire to support al Qaeda terror figurehead Osama bin Laden, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi (the former head of al Qaeda in Iraq), and slain Hamas terrorist group co-founder Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, "and all who performed Jihad in this world."
According to Maher Smadi, his father, his two sons Maher (19) and Hussein (18)were educated at a Baptist School in Ajloun, Jordan, but dropped out before they were 10 years-old. After his wife died of cancer,
Smadi said that his sons obtained immigration visas from the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and came to Santa Clara, California (in Silicon Valley) with a family friend, where they attended public school.
You can read Hosam Smadi's terrorism indictment here:
- FBI Arrests Jordanian Citizen for Attempting to Bomb Skyscraper in Downtown Dallas, U.S. Department of Justice (Sept. 24, 2009)
- Case to Proceed Against Dallas Terror Suspect, Reuters (Oct. 5, 2009)
- Jordanian Arrested in US was Manipulated by FBI - Father, The Jordan Times (Sept. 27, 2009)
- 19-year-old Suspect in Dallas Bomb Plot Lived in Santa Clara Last Year, San Jose Mercury News (Sept. 25, 2009)
- FBI Arrests Jordanian for Dallas Bomb Plot, Reuters (Sept. 24, 2009)
Photo credit: Dalls County Sheriff, Texas