May 26th, 2010
02:18 AM ET

Dallas bomb plot suspect to plead guilty

A terror suspect accused of plotting to bomb a skyscraper in Dallas, Texas, is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian, will plead guilty to knowingly attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to court documents in the case.

The plea is expected to be discussed at a federal court hearing Wednesday afternoon in Dallas. The charge carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

Smadi entered the United States illegally and lived in Texas where he tried to set off an explosive attached to a vehicle at the base of the 60-story Fountain Place office tower, federal officials said.

He drew authorities' scrutiny because of his violent posts on an extremist chat site, court papers said.

Undercover officers posing as members of an al Qaeda sleeper cell contacted Smadi and, after months of conversations, considered him to be a legitimate threat, authorities said.

Smadi said many times that he wanted to commit violent jihad and that he was a soldier of Osama bin Laden, prosecutors said.

Authorities said they have found no tie between Smadi and any terrorist group.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Eddy

    whats is this monster doing in this world? grant him he's wish of 72 virgin send him to the devil with the electric chair.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    another nobody, want to be somebody.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Of course, he will get off far too lightly, as everyone does, in US courts.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nonya

    *Cough* Border security *Cough*

    May 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    If he wishes to die for Jihad then let us grant him that wish

    May 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. paul

    A terribley mixed up young man, obviously he is a islamist, bragging he is associated with that tripe, what do those people get some kind of thrill takeing down those tall buildings, obvious no respect or appreciation of life,

    July 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |