19 Yr. Old Somali Born Man Apprehended in Portland Bomb Plot

By Proof

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But don't even think about ever profiling guys like this!
BTW, That's not a Star of David, that's the Multnomah Co. Sheriff's star!

The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city's annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon.

A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.

However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

My first thought, when I heard about a plot to blow up a tree lighting ceremony in Portland was "a disgruntled Lutheran choir boy". Then I considered elderly "Nuns with Guns". Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a 19 yr. old, Somali born man with two forms of the name "Muhammad" in his name!

And to top it off, he is apparently one of the Osmond brothers! FBI agents are descending on Salt Lake City even as we speak!

H/T memeorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive


  1. Just a nice Somali refugee boy gone wrong due to being corrupted by western culture in the US...

  2. John: No doubt. Maybe if he ever gets out of prison, we can take up a collection for a one way trip back to Somalia, where he can stay pure?

  3. Proof, I think you've missed a beat here.

    First, this was an FBI sting operation. They baited a hook and caught a fish. Good for them. It comes as no surprise to either me or you that he was a young, Somali born muslim.

    The bait might have been magically delicious for Muslims, but because ANYBODY could have chomped on it, it wasn't technically profiling.

    In other words, they profiled the profiled without profiling. Get me?

    If you've ever been to Portland, you know there are a lot of punks and WTO protestors and leftists and general America haters. Any of those militant atheist commies could have taken this bait. Remember than Adam Gadahn was a lily-white, wealthy, American-born Jew.

    Meanwhile, thousands of Muslims in the Portland area did not attempt to blow up a Christmas tree this year (or any year).

    The FBI is doing it right, separating the evil bastards from the good people by their choices. No one was frisked or singled out because of their race or religion on their way to the tree lighting.

    Moreover, anyone wanting to buy explosives now has to worry that the person they're buying from might be an FBI agent whose name is actually Muhammed.Think about that.

  4. Nick: My "profiling" point was more directed at the airlines than the FBI. This is a guy who fits the profile of most of the people who have planned and committed heinous terrorist acts against the US. Had this guy decided to take a bomb on a plane, the profile would have helped identify him better than six year old children and nuns.

  5. Yes, I agree with you completely on that score.

    There has to be some degree of uncertainty, though, for any security system to work, otherwise they'll game the system. Anyone can dress like a nun. The terrorists can kidnap and wire up a kid.

    I "profile" for a living at the poker table. One look at this guy and I'd know he was worth checking out deeper. In fact, there's not one airline terrorist so far that wouldn't have raised a red flag with me. But there are Bernardine Dohrn and Tim McVeigh types too.

    There's no doubt we could work smarter and not harder.

  6. I agree with you completely on uncertainty being a deterrent. Telegraphing to the enemy exactly what we are going to do and how we're going to do it is probably the worst possible method of keeping us safe.
    Sleep tight! Our government is on the case!

  7. My comment was meant to be sarcastic in, why do we bring refugees into the US?
    But even more, I am a skeptic about this story...
    It just seems too easy. "Sleep tight! Our government is on the case!" yeah.. Is that what they want to sell us? Is it possible that they want to keep the "terror" story going to give the public perception that we need the Govt to keep us safe? At all cost, including giving up constitutional rights?!?!
    Sorry folks, but I don't have a lot of faith in our Govt. Due to a very poor track record in my opinion.


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