Muslim would-be terrorist mass killers becoming as common as black muggers and Mexican drunken drivers

(UPDATE, December 15, 10:45 p.m.: Note that neither the police nor the Examiner ask why a man named Mohhanmed [sic] Khan from Afghanistan wanted to mass murder Americans. The fact that Muslim terrorists are trying to kill us has disappeared from media accounts of Muslim terrorism—or, rather, it has never been present in those accounts. Just as the nation’s newspapers display, month after month, year after year, an endless series of photos of black thugs who have killed and raped whites, without ever once verbalizing the fact that black thugs are killing and raping whites, the nation’s newspapers print an interminable series of stories about men named Muhammad attempting to mass murder Americans, without ever once verbalizing the fact that Muslims are attempting to mass murder Americans. Nominalism is bad enough. Nominalism in service to national suicide is a horror on the face of the earth.)

The Washington Examiner reports:

Facebook chats alert authorities to Va. man’s bomb threats

An Arlington man is accused of threatening to set off bombs around D.C., including in the Metro system, but was caught through messages he sent on Facebook before a plot was developed.

Awais Younis, who also goes by Sundullah “Sunny” Ghilzai as well as Mohhanmed Khan, was charged in federal court in Alexandria with making threatening communications.

Younis, who was born in Afghanistan, used Facebook to threaten to set off explosives, according to an affidavit for his arrest by Joseph Lesinski, a special agent with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Authorities were tipped off to Younis by an unidentified person who corresponded with him on the social networking site, court documents say.

The documents say Younis described how to build a pipe bomb and advocated placing bombs on the third and fifth cars of Metro trains because they “had the highest number of commuters on them and he could place pipe bombs in these locations and would not be noticed.”

Younis also said he could put a bomb under a sewer head in Georgetown at rush hour “to produce the greatest number of casualties,” the affidavit says.

Using Facebook’s chat feature, Younis told the person who alerted authorities that “you should be nervous,” and “you want a reason to complain out me and my people. i will give you a reason.”

Younis’ arrest comes after area authorities say they have foiled several other terrorism-related bomb plots in recent months.

On Wednesday, Antonio Martinez of Baltimore was charged with trying to blow up an armed forces recruiting center in Catonsville. And in October, Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old from Ashburn, was indicted on charges of plotting to bomb Metro stations and is accused of conducting surveillance for government operatives he thought were al Qaeda.

In Martinez’s case, authorities were also alerted because of messages he posted on Facebook.

Social media is likely to be used to tip off investigators to more plots, said Gary LaFree, director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. That’s because would-be terrorists are increasingly using Facebook and other sites to spread messages, he said.

Younis is in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Dec. 21. His public defender couldn’t be reached for comment.

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James P., who sent the item, writes:

It’s only a matter of time before one of these guys succeeds.

And how did he get here from Afghanistan? Why don’t we keep Afghanistan’s problems in Afghanistan rather than bringing them here?

Rick Darby writes:

We seem to get a very poor class of terrorists in this country. It is hard to fathom how one can be so dopey as to publish his plans on Facebook. Most people would figure out that you take responsibility after the event, not before. Even if no one who read his Facebook page turned him in, U.S. security agencies surely have high-speed computers trawling sites like that looking for certain keywords or word combinations. He might as well have walked into FBI headquarters and confessed.

I can almost believe Younis was a counter-espionage agent “plant,” his arrest a piece of stagecraft to make the government look clever in the eyes of the public or of jihadists. Or maybe jihad organizations recruit dolts they expect will be caught, to test our capacities.

Heaven help us if we have to actually deal with a highly intelligent terrorist operation.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 13, 2010 01:40 PM | Send

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