09 December 2010

Update to Baltimore recruiting center bombing plot

Update to yesterday's story.
In plan to attack recruiting center, echoes of Christmas tree bombing plot - CSMonitor.com:
"Antonio Martinez, 21, of Baltimore appeared in federal court on Wednesday and was charged with attempting to explode a car bomb at a military recruiting station in Catonsville, Md.

There was no real bomb. It was all a setup arranged by undercover FBI sources and operatives posing as militant Muslims."
Yesterday, a CBS affiliate reported Martinez went by Mohamed O. Mohamud and Mohamed Hussain (I still prefer Mohamed O'Mohamud).   More from CSM:
The operation nearly fell apart because of similarities to the Nov. 26 case in Portland. After seeing news accounts of the sting operation and arrest, Martinez phoned the same unnamed confidential source and expressed concern about an undercover FBI agent who was posing as an Afghan militant.
Martinez told the source that he needed to know “who this brother is. … I’m not falling for no B.S.,” according to the affidavit.
And -
“Every person Mr. Martinez asked to join in his scheme either declined to participate, tried to talk him out of it, or reported him to the FBI,” US Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. “There is no evidence that Mr. Martinez received direction or support from any other person.”
 CBS Evening News reports:
According to an affidavit the government was tipped to Martinez back in October, recording numerous conversations he allegedly had with an informant as well as an undercover agent over two months. In one conversation, Martinez said, "[W]e blow one recruiting center up, then we hit another one, there's no more recruiting centers in Maryland." 
As evidence the government also cites Facebook postings including, "[T]he sword is cummin (sic) the reign of oppression is about 2 cease..."

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