Entries in Khalid Aldawsari (4)


'Delusional' Terror Suspect to Use Insanity Defense

Lubbock County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Texas) -- A Saudi student facing terrorism charges in Texas intends to use an insanity defense at his January trial, his lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday.

Khalid Aldawsari was arrested in February by the FBI for allegedly preparing to undertake bomb attacks against dams, nuclear plants, and the Dallas residence of former President George W. Bush.

Aldawsari had been studying in the United States since 2008 and operated below the radar of law enforcement and counterterrorism officials until he purchased concentrated chemicals needed to make an improvised explosive device.

According to a court filing Wednesday, Aldawsari’s defense attorneys noted in a Monday filing with the court asking for a mental evaluation: “Upon interview, Aldawsari, seems to be suffering from severe mental disability, including delusional visions and beliefs. Due to this and other recent developments, defense counsel, at this stage, anticipates relying on the defense of insanity at the time of the offense charged in the indictment."

As the FBI began to monitor him in the days before his arrest, the FBI obtained secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to enter Aldawsari’s home on Feb. 14 and Feb. 17 to conduct searches of his computers and belongings. According to an FBI affidavit in the case, journal entries that were photographed by FBI agents and translated allegedly revealed Aldawsari’s intentions.

Aldawsari’s defense team has filed a motion seeking to suppress the FISA-related evidence and disclose what the evidence reveals. A motion filed in the case notes the defense team must review the legality of the searches.

Attorney General Eric Holder filed a declaration in court seeking to bar the FISA-related evidence from being disclosed.

U.S. District Court’s Sam Cummings will rule on the defense request to suppress the FISA evidence. The judge has instituted a gag order in the case barring the parties from commenting to the media.

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Arraignment For Texas Terror Suspect

Lubbock County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Texas) -- The man accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction makes another court appearance Monday.

Federal investigators say Khalid Aldawsari had picked out several locations around the country, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, targeting them for destruction. 

The 20-year-old landed on the FBI's radar when the company from which he was trying to buy a crucial bomb ingredient contacted the feds. Aldawsari faces a maximum life prison term and a quarter-million-dollar fine if he's convicted.

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Saudi Student Indicted on Terror Charges

Photo Courtesy - Lubbock County Sheriff's Office/Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Tex.) -- A 20-year-old suspect has been indicted on charges of plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Federal officials started investigating Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a native of Saudi Arabia and former Texas Tech University student, after several companies reported that he was ordering bomb ingredients online. Aldawsari allegedly targeted New York City, nuclear plants, and former President George W. Bush's Dallas residence.

Officials arrested the chemical engineering student on Feb. 28. He was indicted before a federal grand jury on Wednesday

Aldawsari is being held in the Lubbock County Jail. He faces life imprisonment if convicted.

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Saudi National Arrested in Potential Terror Plot

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LUBBOCK,  Texas) -- An arrest has been made in Texas of a college student who authorities say was planning a terror attack. 

Prosecutors say Khalid Aldawsari had been researching how to build a bomb and had emailed himself information about potential places to use it.  Aldawsari is a Saudi National enrolled in school in Lubbock. He wrote in his journal that he'd received a scholarship allowing him direct entry into the United States and enrollment at Texas Tech University.

He was arrested after he bought chemicals and other equipment that  he claimed he wanted for school research, according to court records.  Prosecutors say he was planning to commit a terror attack, possibly targeting Americans who served with the US military in Iraq.´╗┐

Federal agents became aware of the 20-year-old Aldawsari, partly through his own blog postings about his desire for jihad, and his own martyrdom in a Muslim holy war. 

When a chemical supplier came forward to say that Aldawsari had tried to buy bomb-making components, the FBI moved in. 

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