October 3rd, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Man accused of Pentagon plot pleads not guilty

A 26-year-old U.S. citizen accused of plotting to use model airplanes in attacks on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday.

Authorities claim Rezwan Ferdaus - a resident of Ashland, Massachusetts - planned to use large, remote-controlled model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosive against the targets. He faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison if convicted.

Ferdaus was arrested last week.

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  1. jordan scene©

    They should have just saved the time and money and dropped a hellfire missile on him as he drove to work. I mean he was plotting terrorist acts against our nation, and that seems to be the new precident these days...

    October 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oh, I feel sorry for the little lamb...he probably had a nice childhood, a great education, and a unhealthy attraction to remote-control airplanes....[/sarcasm]

    What the hell is *wrong* with people these days???

    October 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hi, jordan scene©.
    Top-o-the-afternoon to you!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    But he was just some dude until the fbi's sting got hold of him. The only terrorists they catch are the ones they create.

    They usually get them to plead by threatening their life if it goes to trial. Maybe this one will be the end of this charade.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmao @ banasy u sarcastic? no way!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, chrissy!
    I have to put the sarcasm font on....some people don't know when I'm being sarcastic...speaking of which...

    October 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jordan scene©

    Good evening banasy and lee! Lee in a sense I can't help but to agree with you. To what do degree do these FBI stings, or even police or dea stings encroach upon the grounds of entrapment? But then again, better safe then sorry

    October 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @jordan: but how safe are we if they are wasting time and money setting people up while the real guys fly under the radar?

      October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I think the reporting on this particular case was shoddy; a lot was left open for interpretation.
    However, it's doubtful that the FBI just picked any Joe Schmoe out of a crowd randomly and said, "hey, let's set THIS guy up!"
    There's a lot of unknowns here...

    October 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I'm sure he was upset about something, maybe a few things – maybe even with a degree, he's finding no work.. Maybe his girlfriend dumped him.

      The story is in Mother Jones, sept – oct 2011. I think it can be found online..

      October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    I don't know what to think about this! Stings are bogus when they hand a person illegal stuff & then bust them! Stings are only good when the laws bust up true criminal activity! Is this one of those occasions? Not sure, but we'll see what else pops with this story!!

    October 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    A lot of unknowns...
    Hey, Nancy–sounds like one of those evidence things all over again.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Deja whatever.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Hi, fernace!

    Joey, I would have loved to have seen your..ahem..spirited conversation with the Grace.
    She doesn't do well with logic.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I'll have to check it out, leeintulsa.
    Thanks for the info.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This guy Ferdaus read his William Pierce novels too many times.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    In any event, i'm sure the informants offered him more than 72 virgins to do it..

    October 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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