Georgia man arrested for making threats to attack the White House

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Federal agents have arrested a Georgia man who is accused of planning to use explosives and an anti-tank rocket to attack the White House, the Statue of Liberty, and other iconic targets following a months-long FBI sting. He's charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the USA using fire or an explosive. It claims that Taheb planned to use explosive devices and an anti-tank rocket to carry out his attack.

Taheb told the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in October during a meeting in Cumming, Georgia, that he "wished to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty", the document states.

When Taheb and the informant met in October, Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to the Middle East, and was trying to sell the auto to pay for his trip, despite not having a passport.

Because he didn't have a passport, he couldn't travel overseas and told the Federal Bureau of Investigation source that he wanted to carry out an attack in the U.S. against the White House and the Statue of Liberty.

CNN tried to reach an attorney who represented Taheb in court but was unsuccessful.

He had a plan to target the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial with explosives and weapons, according to NBC. At this time, Pak said they believe Taheb was acting alone and "all potential threats have been neutralized".

The FBI began monitoring Mr Taheb through an undercover agent last August, when they learned he had put his vehicle up for sale, allegedly to fund a trip to the Islamic State.

He also purportedly told the informant that he wanted to be a "martyr" and do as much damage as possible.

Days after meeting the agent and another informant, Mr Taheb showed them a "hand-drawn diagram" of the West Wing, believing the two would join him in his operation, according to the complaint.

Taheb faces a sentence of five to 20 years for plotting to destroy a government building.

Taheb allegedly met with the undercover agent on January 9 and provided him with two backpacks, stating that he wanted to obtain the weapons within the next week and travel to Washington, D.C., the complaint states.



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