Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Saudi student in Texas, has been arrested and accused of planning a bombing. Allegedly, the Saudi student’s Bush home bomb plot was intended to kill George W. Bush. The bomb plot was discovered when a chemical company reported “suspicious purchases” to the police.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari arrested in Texas
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arrested on Wednesday morning by FBI agents. The South Plains College student, who has been in the United States since 2008, is accused of a bomb plot that would have targeted the Bush home. Aldawasri is accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI has searched Aldawsari’s apartment twice, revealing concentrated acids, wiring, clocks and a Hazmat suit.
Bush home bomb plot funded by scholarships
In a notebook that FBI agents believe belongs to Aldawsari, plans for “Jihad … [that will] target the infidel Americans” were outlined. Aldawsari reportedly received a scholarship that he applied for with the intention of carrying out “Jihad” in the United States. In addition to attending school, Aldawsari made an effort to learn English and how to make explosives. Allegedly, Aldawsari sent himself e-mails identifying potential targets that included homes of U.S. military troops, dams and former President George W. Bush’s home.
Chemical company led to Saudi student arrest
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari came to the attention of federal officials when a chemical company reported him to the police. Aldawsari attempted to purchase concentrated phenol, which can be used to make picric acid, an explosive component. Aldawsari claimed that the chemical was for “off-campus, personal research.” The company found his behavior suspicious and called the police. Federal agents opened an investigation, and within weeks, the arrest was made. The Saudi student’s Bush home bomb plot could mean up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty. Former President George W. Bush has been informed of the threat, but he has not made a public statement about it.