November 27th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event

A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI.

Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department said in a written statement. However, "the materials were not explosive," said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd, who called the device a "mock bomb."

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  1. thatz

    If US Citizen is trying to kill other Americans accordingly to instructions in his religious Books he should be tried in Military court as enemy combatant.

    November 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Joe...I understand what you are saying. But sooo many people just can't seem to grasp it. It's as if people are truly terrified of a bunch of dummies.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jus fun n games

    we bailed on the first iraq qaw because it just wasn't even fair ...

    November 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jus fun n games

    slip ? i meant war ... fingers can't even type it it's so rediculous.
    interesting effect of the power of suggestion though.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Harris

    I hope we as Americans don't reach such a state of fear and panic fueled by politicians and the media. If so, then the terrorists will have won. In reality, our own internal threats such as cigarette smoking, drunk driving, lack of adequate healthcare, and pollution murder probably 100 times as many American citizens a day as potential terrorists. The facts don't lie but our fear and emotions do.

    It is however interesting that when Bush was President and any plots were discovered the Administration, the media (especially Fox "News") and some commentors on news stories would rave about how the Bush Administration had thwarted a plot and kept us all safe. Whenever the same type of thing happens under Obama it is framed as this Administration is blowing it by almost having terrorists be successful. Think about the hypocrisy and double-standard.

    Paul Harris
    Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

    November 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Veritas

    Apologies for putting wrong post my compassion is not just public i am only human and make mistakes.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jus fun n games

    if the media is a problem ... shouldn't we be addressing rupert murdock since he's gobbled up many of the broadcast outlets.
    Find the source ... fix the problem

    November 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jus fun n games

    we have legislature against monopolies don't we?

    November 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sgt. Slaughter

    Not an impressive performance by either side.

    He, like the Times Square bomber, was too stupid to make it work....

    Also like the TS bomber, police didn't catch him before the attempt

    Only their own stupidity prevented catastrophe...

    I feel sooooo much safer now...

    November 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sgt. Slaughter

    @ Joe...you're so right. A bunch of retards......

    But get ready for a strip search next time you go to a X-Mas tree lighting

    Another excuse to take away American Liberties. Based on a knee-Jerk reaction to retarded terrorist wannabes...

    But when the real thing comes like 9/11. The government beuracracy will miss it and drop the ball. FBI memo about 9/11. Nobody ever held responsible for that one.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sgt. Slaughter

    I want to learn how to fly a 747. But I really don't need to learn how to land...

    Does your flight school accept financial aid for illegal aliens???

    The FBI knew of the threat but dropped the ball

    I feel soooo much safer now....

    November 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Watersville

    Isn't this a great country? We don't have enough problems, so we permit the entry and re-settlement of thousands of Somalis! This incident is just one of many sadly predictable results of our magnanimity.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sgt. Slaughter

    Now that all the criminals that cuba sent over have died off.

    We can take the pirates from somalia
    And haiti

    Isn't that just great??

    November 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shay

    Before all of you start making comments about something try read the whole story the dumb a?@ sent an e-Mail to the wrong person and the fbi caught it so they set him up witha fake bomb gave him a cell phone he attempted to set the fake bomb off it it had been real then what would all of you be saying then? I live in portland read our local paper for the whole story before you all go jumping to conclusions ok thank you and oh by the way i was down there when all this was going on so thank someone for it being fake!!!!!@

    November 28, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. capitalism

    When did muslims somalians fugees become usa citizens?our dumb gov allowed terrorist here,and them gave free housing,food stamps,medical,cash and education.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
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