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.
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.
October 15, 2006
I had been looking forward to seeing the new Robin Williams film "Man of the Year." But Mary McNamara's article ["A Politician Who's Funny on Purpose," Oct. 8] revealed a key plot point. This irresponsibility ruined the movie; now I will not be seeing it. McNamara should go back to journalism school, or at least ask Roger Ebert to give her a few pointers on how to write about movies. Lesson One: Do not spoil the plot by revealing secrets. If Williams and the producers should decide to take her to court to recoup revenue she cost them, so much the better.
July 8, 2010 |
Three men suspected of preparing to mount a terrorist attack were arrested in Norway and Germany on Thursday in what authorities said was an Al Qaeda plot with strands in the United States and Britain. After a lengthy period of surveillance, the men were taken into custody by police, who had feared that information about the investigation might be revealed by the news media. Two suspects were arrested in Norway and one in Germany. Their names were not released, but police in Oslo described all three as legal residents of Norway, one a citizen and the others holders of permanent residency cards.