Man Arrested Near Capitol In FBI Bomb Sting

A 29-year-old Moroccan man was arrested Friday in an FBI sting operation near the U.S. Capitol while planning to detonate what police said he thought were live explosives.

Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va, was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives given to him by the FBI, according to a counterterrorism official.

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said the suspect was closely monitored by law enforcement, and the public was not in danger.

El Khalifi had been under investigation for about a year and had overstayed his visitor visa for years, according to the counterterrorism official and a government official briefed on the matter who spoke on a condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The law enforcement official said El Khalifi changed his mind about his intended target several times but ultimately decided on the Capitol after canvassing the area a couple of times. He is not believed to be associated with al-Qaida.

Two people briefed on the matter told The Associated Press he was not arrested on the Capitol grounds, and the FBI has had him under surveillance around the clock for several weeks. They spoke on a condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Pat on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    Another muslim at work.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
    Deport, deport, deport! I have heard of a student visa, but a visitor's visa? Really? Ever heard of wearing out your welcome! I say send them home!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    If they've known for years he had overstayed his visa, wouldn't it have been cheaper to just deport him.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to
      Political Correctness probably got in the way.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM
    He was just showing up for the beer summit....I am not feelin the love in this story. Truthfully, I am glad nothing happened and the sting worked, people need to wise up, they are hidden amongst us.
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    Great work FBI!!!!! Though your efforts, you saved countless lives.... I would have loved to see the expression on his face when he realized his gun and explosives were fake - Priceless! I doubt we will hear the liberals complain about racial profiling in this case.
  • by BLAHammed on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    Thank Bush for the Patriot Act and at least the upside down Demander and Thief had just about a thimble full of brains to extended it.Only one of two things that he has done that was not so dang blame backwards.
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      by wham on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM in reply to BLAHammed
      You sir, are a complete and utter fool.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 08:19 AM in reply to wham
        Are you looking in the mirror?

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