A man who planned to attack the White House with explosives and an anti-tank rocket is reportedly under arrest, according to a report from the federal prosecutors who “caught” the terrorism case in Forsyth County, Georgia.
A 21-year-old radicalized Muslim, Hasher Jallal Taheb, was charged with attempting to blast and destroy the White House and to kill those living and working there. The suspect is accused of plotting to use explosives and incendiary devices to accomplish his attack on the Trump White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of the nation’s capital.
According to documents from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Taheb was the suspect in four previous police investigations by the local Sheriff’s Office in which he was charged for offenses such as alleged domestic violence, illegal possession of controlled substances, and verbal disputes as a teenager in 2014 and 2015.
More recently, law enforcement records reveal that Taheb was arrested twice in 2015 for multiple charges of criminal trespass and domestic violence. The reports also state that Taheb was taken into custody at his home address on Horseshoe Creek Lane in Cumming, Georgia, on March 10 and April 28, 2015. However, law enforcement sources claim they are not permitted to publicly comment on the circumstances of those non-terrorism arrests because each involves family violence and he was arrested as a juvenile offender.
Taheb attended Forsyth Central High School for two years and graduated in 2015. Said to be a disciplinary problem for teachers and the school administration, he is now facing a serious charge since he violated Title 18USC 844(f)(1), an “attempt to damage by means of explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States.” In his case, his target was the home and workplace of President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their family.
According to the counter-terrorism section of the FBI, the jihadist suspect was radicalized here in the United States and his primary ambition was to attack an important and symbolic target in Washington, D.C.
According to an FBI affidavit, Taheb, who often spoke about his radical Islamic views, unknowingly divulged the large-scale plot to a confidential FBI source in October 2018. He allegedly told the FBI source that he “planned to sell his car to fund his travel” to an area overseas controlled by the infamous Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but his lack of a real or forged passport made such a trip unlikely. sometime later told he told the same source that he instead “wished to conduct a devastating attack on a target in the United States.”
Taheb allegedly admitted to an FBI undercover agent in December 2018 that he wanted to attack prime targets including the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. He also desired to attack a specific synagogue.
Last week, he allegedly provided the source with his own detailed plan to attack the White House using a number of weapons such as “firearms,” an anti-tank rocket, and “backpacks with explosives.” He was arrested Wednesday in Buford, Georgia.
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung J. Pak and the Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI Atlanta Field Office have released the following statements with regards to the arrest of Hasher Taheb:
Prosecutor’s Statement from U.S. Attorney Pak:
“Investigating and prosecuting individuals who seek to cause mass casualties is law enforcement’s top priority. Today, the Joint Terrorism Task Force partners, led by the FBI, arrested Hasher Taheb, 21, of Cumming, Georgia after a thorough investigation into his plans to attack federal buildings. As articulated in the affidavit supporting the complaint, his alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington DC area. Mr. Taheb has been charged with violating Title 18USC 844(f)(1) — attempt to damage by means of an explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States or any department or agency thereof, or any institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance. The JTTF initiated the case after receiving a tip from the community. Because the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and numerous Federal, state and LE partners are active participants in the JTTF, all potential threats have been neutralized and under control from the inception of this case. Again, I want to clarify that there were no threats posed to any targets located in Northern District of Georgia, nor was the upcoming Super Bowl a target of his alleged activity,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
FBI Statement:from Special-Agent-in-Charge Chris Hacker:
“It is important to point out that this investigation and arrest were the direct result of a tip from the community, another example of how important it is to contact law enforcement if you see or hear something suspicious,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Taheb is charged as the result of a year-long investigation by FBI Atlanta’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. We want to thank the Forsyth County Sheriff Office and Gwinnett County Police Department for assisting us with his arrest. The investigation is continuing, but at this stage it is believed Taheb was acting on his own.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.