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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Man accused of threat to bomb Metro

By Maria Glod

An Arlington man has been arrested after posting on Facebook that he could put pipe bombs on Metro cars or in Georgetown at rush hour, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Court papers do not show that Awais Younis, 25, also known as Mohhanme Khan and Sundullah Ghilzai, ever acted on the threats. He has been charged with communicating threats via interstate communications.

In late November, someone told FBI agents in New Orleans that a person they had met via Facebook had chatted about using explosives in the D.C. area, court papers say. The person, known as Sundullah Ghilzai, described how to build a pipe bomb and indicated what type of shrapnel would cause the most damage.

Ghilzai said he could put a pipe bomb under a sewer head in Georgetown at rush hour to cause the greatest number of casualties, according to an affidavit filed in court by the FBI. He also talked about putting bombs on the third and fifth Metro cars, which he said held the largest number of passengers.

Younis's arrest came the same week that a 21-year old Baltimore man was accused in a plot to bomb a military recruiting center.

Antonio Martinez, 21, who recently converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Hussain, is accused of trying to kill members of the military whom he saw as a threat to Muslims. The FBI learned of his radical leanings on Facebook, joined his plot and supplied him with a fake car bomb that he tried to detonate, federal officials said.

And in October, authorities charged Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn with conspiring with people he thought to be al-Qaeda operatives to bomb the Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House Metro stations.The operatives were actually working with the FBI.

By Maria Glod  | December 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Thank you, Washington Post, for revealing the FBI's methods so that future terrorists can be sure to work around them.

Posted by: eddiethehorse | December 14, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Gee, how did I guess his name wouldn't be Joe Schmidt, Pat O'Neill, Mario Sarconi, Jamaal Washington, John Redfoot or Huang Fan?

Posted by: WmarkW | December 14, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I eagerly await for the first leftist schmuck to defend this terrorist. I know it will happen soon, based on responses from the usual suspects I read every day here.

Posted by: madmike272 | December 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Surprise, surprise...

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | December 14, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Death to America! I will join WMATA as a board member and continue its record of safety! You will all die!

Posted by: Garak | December 14, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

We need to put all these terrorist wannabees away. If you see anything that does not look right call the FBI. I saw some strange looking guys in a green van driving real slow on 395 one sunday morning around 6 am as I was driving near the Pentegon and I stopped near Ft Myer and told a guard what i saw, he look at me like I was crazy and continued to talk to a woman in a car. We cannot afford to take these things lightly. Call the FBI and report anything suspicious, any neighbor, or what ever call, nothing is to be taken for granted like those fools who trained the 911 hijackers to fly.

Posted by: | December 14, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

...the low-hanging fruit...

You're not going to catch the Mohammed Attas of the world with fake bombs and sympathetic emails.

The numbers are against you. If only 5% of the Islamic population in the US is ready to join the jihad, and only 5% of the US population is Islamic, you're still talking about 1 million of them. What do you want to bet that the odds are that you ferret them all out with fake bomb plots before one of them goes off for real? You'll get the low-hanging fruit this way. The good ones are going to get through.

On the other hand maybe the good ones are also smart enough to realize that blowing-up a few dozen or even a few hundred Americans really isn't going to make the situation better for the Islamic world. Maybe they'll stop and think it through. 2500 Americans were killed in 9/11. 10 years later Islamic people are still dying as a result of 9/11, and certainly the American military is even more entrenched in the Islamic world, not less. Maybe jihad is not the answer?

I just hope that they don't think that the answer is an event much worse than 9/11. I think that if they really try hard enough they can do it, and the solution to that is not to be found in infiltrating Internet chatrrooms. War has a way of spiraling out of control, leaving a very, very big mess in its wake. Unfortunately that mess is rarely limited to the idiots who started the war. Nor do they care.

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 15, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I've yet to see evidence of a crime. The article relates that this fellow, in on-line conversation, wrote how he 'could' place a bomb and how a bomb could be made (info available on line & any library). Nowhere do I read that he wrote he 'wanted' or 'would' place a bomb, or that he 'would build' a bomb. Are we now to be arrested for what we could do, what we know, or can learn?

Posted by: temperbay | December 15, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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