Authorities say there were not just one but two Muslim men plotting a terrorist attack last week in Chicago. Both allegedly scouted targets. Both talked at length about their plans.
But by the time the FBI’s fake car bomb was parked outside the Cactus Bar & Grill in Chicago on Friday night, only Adel Daoud, 18, was there to push the button on what he thought was a detonator. Only Daoud was under arrest.
So what happened to the second person, an unidentified male who Dauod referred to as his “sahaba,” an Arabic term meaning companion?
Federal court records reveal a leader at a local mosque played a vital role in convincing the second man to abandon his plans for jihad just weeks before the would-be attack.
Undercover FBI agents, meanwhile, continued to lean heavily on Daoud. The agents supplied him with almost everything he needed to plan the attack and told him they were relaying messages from a foreign sheik who wanted to know if he was truly prepared to carry it out.
Apparently, the unnamed mosque leader overheard the boys discussing jihad and came down on them like a ton of bricks. So did Daoud’s father. It’s not clear if Individual C actually was brought to the light or just decided to save his jihad for military targets.
I’m sorry, but this whole exercise — which is one of a number the FBI has run over the last few years — seems a waste of resources. Find some kid talking up jihad, contact him, motivate him, provide him with a fake bomb then arrest him when he tries to detonate it? The FBI came up with, like, 98% of the “plot’. Wouldn’t those resources be better used identifying more potential dangerous people and just keeping an eye on them? That might actually lead you somewhere — to an actual terror cell or a pipeline of support from the Middle East. This just crosses me as finding some dumb kid and building him up into a headline-grabbing arrest.