FBI Thwarts Oregon Jihad Attack: Bomb would have killed hundreds, including children

Human Eventsby John Hayward

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon was a delightful affair this year. Hundreds of happy families gathered around the 75-foot tree provided by a local lumber company, and enjoyed a sing-a-long with the Pacific Youth Choir, on what the Pioneer Courthouse website describes as “one of the busiest and most festive days in downtown Portland.”

Then a Somali-born jihadi detonated a truck bomb in their midst.

The bomb didn’t go off, because it was a fake, provided by FBI agents in an incredibly thorough sting operation. The official charge against him is “suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction,” and you’ll read a lot of news reports saying he “attempted” to detonate a bomb in the middle of that crowd. He didn’t “attempt” it. He made a cell phone call he thought would cook the bomb off, in what he had previously told undercover agents would be a “spectacular fireworks show.” In fact, he made the phone call twice. He thought there were six 55-gallon drums full of explosives on the other end of those phone calls. He screamed “Allahu Akhbar!” as agents took him into custody.

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