Muslim Man Charged With Plotting To Blow Up D.C. Area Subway

Is it just me, but does anybody else find it odd that nowhere in the headline , or the body of the story, that this man is a Muslim between the age of 18 and 40?  Just "a man" with a middle eastern name, and a U.S. citizen, who happened to believe he was working with Al Qaida!

Man charged with D.C.-area subway bomb plot

Justice Department says he thought he was working with al-Qaida

WASHINGTON — A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was arrested Wednesday on charges of planning bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C., area after an FBI sting operation, the Justice Department announced.

 A Pakistani-born man was arrested and charged with trying to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives in planning to bomb subway stations around the U.S. capital, the FBI says. Full story

"Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today for attempting to assist others whom he believed to be members of al-Qaida," the department said in a statement.

A grand jury returned an indictment against Ahmed on Tuesday, "charging him with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and attempting to provide material support to help carry out multiple bombings," the department added.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.

Instead of real al-Qaida agents, Ahmed was meeting with undercover agents, officials said.

Investigators say that starting in April, Ahmed began meeting with someone he thought was an al-Qaida courier who put him touch with others who asked him if he'd willing to do surveillance of stops on the subway system, known as the Metro.

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