Experts Warn Of Homegrown Terrorists

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A plan to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol is thwarted. The suspect is an American.

Mike Schuh has a look at how the FBI is targeting homegrown terrorists.

The latest plot involves the bust of a Boston man, but even as that is happening , a military outpost in our own backyard has been a target.

The plot was to detonate explosives using remote-controlled drones.

The suspect Rezwan Ferdaus– a college grad with a physics degree– allegedly stored the drones in a warehouse. The 26- year-old received what he thought was plastic explosives to arm the drones.

A federal affidavit states Ferdaus wanted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, which he called “the head and heart of the snake.”

“It’s scary that apparently normal people want to do these things,” said a U.S. citizen.

“Shocked. Absolutely shocked that this would happen,” said another.

 Ferdaus says in the affidavit:  “Allah has given us the privilege. He punishes them by our hand. We’re the ones.”

Earlier, by going undercover, Feds also busted 22-year-old Antonio Martinez for trying to bomb a Catonsville recruiting center.

 “This is a nationwide problem we face now. We cannot just simply look outside the country and worry about foreign terrorists coming in,” said Professor Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.

It was an American who’s accused of planning to blow up a Christmas tree lighting in Oregon. At Fort Hood, a U.S. Army major was the only suspect in those mass shootings.

Homegrown is the growing threat– now a priority for the FBI.

This latest suspect was not believed to be a danger of hurting anyone because he was under constant government surveillance.

Ferdaus will be back in front of a judge on Monday for a detention hearing.

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  • Rob

    death penalty please….

  • Sezmane

    Investigate everyone he is affiliated with!!!!!!

  • adraine

    what is wrong with AMERICA,we better open ours eyes and see whats really g oing on. its tooooo many people in this country send all of them back they dont belong here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kay

      If America would stop taking care of them they would not stay, but NOOOO they get welfare, healthcare and loans to open these mom and pop stores and all the things I work hard in life to get. They are getting it free and have no reason to leave, but bring the rest of the family over. So sorry to say it is TOOOO late for what used to be America for Americans!!!!!

  • Sis

    The Governor of Maryland does NOT believe in nor enforce the Death Penalty,unfortunately.

  • j

    Several of the individuals that provided logistical support for the 9/11 Al Quida attack on the World Trade Center are currently residing in Milpitas California.

    They may include several former and current employees from the C.I.A., D.O.J., D.O.D, pre- Home Land Security agencies and non-governmental agencies.

    Most Americans realize that not one person involved with helping the 9/11 attacks occur have ever been brought to justice.

    Yet how is it that majority of the terrorists could not speak English, 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, they needed lodging, several of them where on State department terror watch lists, etc…

    It just makes sense that a logistic support network existed before and after the attacks. After the attacks they helped mislead the 9/11 investigation by capturing patsy’s designed to take the fall.

  • Jack Pollack

    J Do you also hear voices telling you to listen to Fox News? Where do you get such information? Why do you know all this and not the authorities?

  • Michael Spencer

    Antonio Martinez ( sounds very American ) Rezwan Ferdaus ( Yep it’s truly an American name) When does the US of A realize, that just by issuing foreigners a certificate of citizenship does NOT make them American. I am an American by choice and very proud of it. You have to feel loyalty and pride in your heart or you are better off going back to the country, you came from.

    Heidi McGahan and Mike Spencer

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