The legacy of 9/11 continues: a twenty-year-old Saudi national, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, was arrested last night in Texas for allegedly plotting to blow up a number of U.S. targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. He was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He'll appear in court on Friday and faces life imprisonment if convicted.
According to a diary obtained by police from the suspect's house, Aldawsari had been plotting a terrorist attack for years, looking at dams and nuclear power plants as possible targets, as well as the Bush home, whose address was contained in an email titled "Tyrant's House" which Aldawsari had sent to himself. The man had apparently planned on hiding bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages.
Aldawsari had been residing in Texas on a student visa since 2008, and late last year began purchasing nitric and sulfuric acids, a Hazmat suit, gas mask, and assorted other items. The authorities were luckily tipped off by a chemical supplier from whom he attempted to purchase phenol, a chemical used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, according to the Justice Department. Court documents revealed that Aldawsari had written in a student journal, "After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel American, it's time for jihad."