Federal authorities arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen whom they said placed an inactive car bomb today at Fountain Place, a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas.
Authorities said that Smadi was under continuous FBI surveillance. Federal agents posed as members of an al-Qa’ida sleeper cell. Smadi, who was in the U.S. illegally, allegedly told them that he came to the country specifically to commit “Jihad for the sake of God.”
And indeed he was, as the criminal complaint filed against him makes clear. It appears that Smadi was acting entirely on his own, with only the aid of the FBI informants who were aware of his every act. Regardless, Smadi will now be in no position to network with authentic terrorists (or more serious amateurs at least) as he is likely to spend quite a bit of time in prison.