A would be jihadist was arrested last year for planning to blow up federal buildings and other landmarks. Last week, he pled guilty.
It’s been more than a year since Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia was arrested by the FBI for planning to attack the White House and several other federal landmarks.
Last Wednesday, Taheb, now 23, pled guilty to a charge of attempting to destroy, by fire or an explosive, a building owned by or leased to the United States, according to a Justice Department press release.
During an undercover operation conducted by the FBI, federal investigators learned in October 2018 that Taheb planned to travel overseas and that he had applied for a United States passport in July 2018. The FBI also learned that Taheb had begun planning domestic attacks in the United States as part of his desire to engage in “jihad.” His targets initially included the White House and the Statue of Liberty. Later, in December 2018, Taheb broadened his prospective targets in the Washington, D.C. area, to include the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and a synagogue.
In exchange for his plea, Taheb and the government agreed that the would-be jihadist should receive a 15-year sentence of imprisonment.
“Taheb planned to conduct a terrorist attack on the White House as part of what he claimed was his obligation to engage in jihad,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “And that was just one of the iconic American landmarks he wanted to target. Thanks to a tip from a member of the community and the work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors responsible for this case, the threat posed by the defendant was neutralized and the defendant has admitted his guilt and will now be held accountable for his crime.”