FBI agents used another sting operation to foil a terror plot in Portland yesterday, as they did in Virginia recently. Steve Duin of the Oregonian is "incredibly thankful" to the FBI that all ended well, but adds this caveat: "It's still unclear how close Mohamed Osman Mohamud would have gotten to Portland's 'living room' if no one had ever shown any interest in his plans." The FBI first became aware of the 19-year-old Somali native last year when he emailed an unnamed associate in Pakistan and allegedly discussed "violent jihad" in coded language.
Agents in Oregon contacted him after that and began the sting in June, helping him along the way with his plans. Earlier this month, agents accompanied Mohamud to a remote area in Oregon to detonate a test device. They also assembled the fake bomb Mohamud was to set off yesterday after he mailed them (very real) components for it. "Since I was 15 I thought about all this," he's quoted as saying in court documents. He also hoped for mass casualties of families celebrating the holiday. “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, either dead or injured." See the Oregonian, AP, and AOL for more details.
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