September 28, 2011 |
The FBI arrested a 26-year-old Massachusetts man in a plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon after agents lured him into an undercover sting operation in which he allegedly provided "step-by-step" instructions on attacking Washington from the air with a drone-like, remote-control explosive device. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate from Ashland, Mass., was allegedly plotting the strikes through the recent 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and he told FBI undercover employees posing as Al Qaeda members that he would load aircraft with C-4 plastic explosives, and then use GPS equipment to fly over the Capitol area.
October 12, 2011 |
The U.S. government believes it is highly likely that Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei signed off on a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington and bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies here, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. "This is the kind of operation -- the assassination of a diplomat on foreign soil -- that would have been vetted at the highest levels of the Iranian government," said a senior official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive analysis.
September 25, 2013 |
Local bureaucracy seems to have gotten the upper hand on a white-supremacist's plot to take over a small town in North Dakota. Paul Craig Cobb, 61, made headlines after news broke of his secret plot to amass white supremacists in Leith, N.D., and win control of the hamlet by buying up property and winning local elections. But now Cobb's home in Leith could be condemned after he failed to submit plans for sewage and running water to the county government, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
October 11, 2011 |
An elaborate Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was disrupted by FBI and DEA agents, officials said Tuesday. Members of an elite Iranian security force planned to detonate a bomb at a busy Washington restaurant, killing Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. and possibly over 100 bystanders, according to documents filed in New York federal court. The State Department has listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.
December 13, 2012 |
Justin Bieber was the target of a bizarre plot designed to kill the superstar and, according to some reports, deprive him of part of his anatomy. A plan to kidnap and castrate the pop star at a Madison Square Garden performance last month in New York has been foiled by authorities, a variety of media outlets, including the New York Post, TMZ, ABC News, Fox News, the Associated Press and local television stations in New Mexico, reported. Reports of the foiled plot were first published on Wednesday and have taken on a life of their own, propelled through the 24-hour news cycle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 |
Two Silicon Valley men were sentenced Monday for a "sextortion" plot in which they tried to extort professional poker players with threats of publicizing naked photographs and other private information stolen from email accounts. Tyler Schrier, 23, of Menlo Park was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, extortion and unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. As part of the plea, Schrier admitted he also extorted $26,000 from professional poker players in another plot.