Oregon: Somali Muslim arrested in sting to bomb city Christmas tree-lighting

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

Read it all via FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say | OregonLive.com.

The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.

However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation, during which Mohamud had been monitored for months as his alleged bomb plot developed.

“The device was in fact inert, and the public was never in danger,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The investigation involved the FBI, Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Corvallis Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Mohamud will appear in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday.

This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans,” said Oregon U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton. “The good work of law enforcement protected Oregonians in this case — and we have no reason to believe there is any continuing threat arising from this case.

It is a chilling reminder…that we shouldn’t be importing Somali Muslims in to the United States.

More from AP, Oregon bomb-plot suspect wanted ‘spectacular show’:

The FBI affidavit says the undercover agent first met Mohamud in person on July 30 and asked what he would do for the cause of jihad. The agent suggested that Mohamud might want to spread Islam to others, continue his studies to help the cause overseas, raise money, and become a martyr or put together an explosion but didn’t know how and needed training, the affidavit said.

The undercover agent said he could introduce him to an explosives expert and asked Mohamud to research potential targets.

At a second meeting on Aug. 19 at a Portland hotel, the agent brought a second undercover agent, the documents say, and Mohamud told them he had selected Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for the bombing.

On Nov. 4, the court documents say, Mohamud made a video in the presence of one of the undercover agents, putting on clothes he described as “Sheik Osama style:” a white robe, red and white headdress, and camouflage jacket.

He read a statement speaking of his dream of bringing “a dark day” on Americans and blaming his family for thwarting him, according to the court documents:

“To my parents who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them … if you — if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah’s power … will ask you about that on the day of judgment, and nothing that you do can hold me back …”

Friday, an agent and Mohamud drove to downtown Portland in a white van that carried six 55-gallon drums with detonation cords and plastic caps, but all of them were inert, the complaint states.

They left the van near the downtown ceremony site and went to a train station where Mohamud was given a cell phone that he thought would blow up the vehicle, according to the complaint. There was no detonation when he dialed, and when he tried again federal agents and police made their move.

31 thoughts on “Oregon: Somali Muslim arrested in sting to bomb city Christmas tree-lighting

  1. Sure…..bring them into this country from a starving third world rat hole and the thanks we get is having them want to kill us. As for me I would end , or drastically limit, immigration into this country. Next I would stop all tax funded aid to foreign countries. Aid should come from individuals not from taxpayer dollars. You want to donate, do it from your pocket not mine!

    • Yes, I agree. Too much aid had been wasted on asiatic and middleeast countries and too much aid had been wasted on their hidden islamic agenda. Anyway, those islamics are not poor, they are just extremely selfish and lazy.. Those africans, asians, islamics have so much land in asia, middleeast and africa.

  2. First the Christmas Day Bomber, now the Christmas Tree Bomber. What next?

    Yes, Russel and the other Mike, immigrants with whom there is no symbiosis do not belong here. A person with radical beliefs does not belong here. We need to screen people much better. For example, ask them what should be done with/to apostates from their religion. I think that is a fair question, don’t you?

  3. UW. At some point, these guys, who are soldiers in the Islamic Holy War against us, must be tried in a military court, and if found guilty, executed. This is war, and our enemy states it proudly. We have a president who will not even call them TERRORIST! Major Hussan who murdered the soldier on a military base, was screaming Allah Akubar. How much more in your face does it get?

  4. Another good fielding question for those who want to become Americans, or even to live here at all is: do you feel that your relationship with America and American can be a symbiotic one, i. e., mutuallly beneficial, or do you see America and Americans are lower beings then yourself that should be manipulated, dominated, and repressed?

  5. You don’t understand Islam if you think they do it for no reason. They learn this hate at a Mosque.

    They see us as invaders in Iraq, and afganistan.

    This is history repeating itself, the same as NAZI Germany. And Chamberlin is running things.

    It is one attack, world wide Jihad. They are all connected, and president chamberlin-Obama total denial is we are not at war with Islam. Well, they are at war with us.

  6. Good to see another country has issues with Somalians.

    There is a big problem here in Australia with them and their rate of crime is sky high.

    One small city was literally told they had to take some. One week later one of them committed murder.

    The town had big meeting and agreed they would take no more.

    As you can well imagine, there was a big hue and cry about racism !!

    They were forced to back down

  7. They need to hang that punk. Time will come (sooner rather then later) when we will just have to pick up our guns to defend the homeland and wipe the muslim swine off the face of the Earth. They truely are the span of Satan. They will not stop until they wipe us out so we need to eliminate them as they are the threat.

  8. And now I go from Saladin to a young man who thinks he is as great as Saladin.
    He is not made of the same stuff.
    He is a present-day pretender trying to destroy the world. He is a Muslim nihilist.

  9. What is the use of all this boring hyperbole? The facts remain:

    Islam is an EVIL IDEOLOGY

    The Queeran is a BOOK FROM HELL

    Muslims suffer from SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE (Due to drugs and venereal disease)

    when the First Crusaders were about to enter the old walled City of Jerusalem, they were confronted with the dilemma of how to deal with the many women and children within so a Franciscan Fiar who had accompanied them was consulted for Spiritual Guidance. Hit advice was Gods truth and beautiful in its simplicity.
    The Holy Cleric advised:

    KILL THEM ALL! (God will sort them out)

  10. And Obama is planning to import thousands more muslims from radicalised muslim countries in this next year of 2011… just bet he didn’t know the Oregon Police were setting up a sting,, he would have severely reprimanded them , called it off and called them Islamophobic!! thats the ONLY word Obama allows now in government documents with the word islam in it!! all the others like “Islamic terrorists” Islamists, Islamization, are all withdrawn terms. Unbelievably the report on the Fort Hood Jihadist used the term ISLAM once…only ONCE .. I hope this animal is locked in solitary for the term of his natural life! no Koran, no visitors, no tv, no books

  11. Please don’t get me wrong, I am just as disturbed by Islam and it’s inherent violence as the rest of you

    But such violent and heartless comments as those above are not helping at all. They are what get sites like this (and JW) mislabeled as hate sites.

    Advocating the killing of any group of people is horrific. Islam is inherently violent, but moderate muslims do exist, many of them (in large part, I suppose, because they can’t convert without consequences). I’m sure that many of them secretly want out of the cult, in particular within countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, where conversion is illegal. It is hypocritical to be calling for violence.

    • Do those islamics behave as badly after their conversion? Are they sincere conversion or opportunistic conversion? These are some of the questions that you have to ask yourself before blindly supporting any socalled moderates.

  12. To the poster who says that one poster called for violence, I must point out that an act of treason is punishable by death. M.O.M. is an American citizen, and he committed an act of treason against his country, so that is a crime punishable by death. That he’s only being charged with terrorist acts with a sentence of life in prison is a decision made by prosecutors. However, if a poster says that an act of treason should be punishable by death, they are correct by US law.

  13. So Nightingale, you have to ask yourself why you are calling for a punishment less than what US law itself states. Could it be a sort of liberal extremism in yourself, to seem like a good person, when in fact you are undercutting the legal punishment of an act of treason, thereby rendering the US less safe, through the want of the use of legal deterrents to Islamic terror?

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  15. I agree that this coldblooded criminal deserves no sympathy. I’m Canadian, btw, and often forget that capital punishment exists in the U.S. But in the posts before mine there were folks saying things that reeked of bloodlust, not for Mo only but for all Muslims. Call me crazy but that bothers me, a lot, because no matter how evil Islam is, not all Muslims are. They may seem like a minority, but they are still human beings. I’m thinking in particular of the women and children trapped by Islam, unable to leave but longing to. No, I don’t think I’m any better than you. Is it my username that gives you that impression? I love birds, it’s why I chose it.. I also love peace, freedom, and the right to free speech. I just think that comments like “the only good Muslim is a dead one” are disgusting and do nothing to encourage those who are blind to /
    support the so-called religion of peace to understand that we are not hate-mongering. Sites like Johad Watch are pointing
    out the obvious – that Islam is a breeding ground for radicals, that even so-called moderate Imams are calling for a world dominated by Islam, that women are being murdered on a daily basis even in Western countries for so-called “honour”, that Obama is disturbingly sympathetic towards many fascist Islamic regimes (SA, Iran, Pakistan, and counting..). Why more people aren’t listening is frightening to me. but there’s no reason to stoop to the level of the idiots we’re disturbed by (the crowds threatening to riot if poor Asia Bibi is not hanged in Pakistan, for instance).Violent slogans just add fuel to the fire.

  16. Nightingale has a point. There is no need to hate. We have to control our borders, though, in an intelligent way. Bringing in more Somalis and Pakkys, for example, is not very bright. We also need to consider deporting people who are not assimilating. If you do not assimilate, you are not in a symbiotic relationship with the host people, and thus, deportation is the best option. War with the Islamofascists is a long term thing, but it looks as though we have no choice. By intelligent use of immigration and deportation, we reduce greatly their ability to hit us at home, and also save ourselves important tax dollars that would otherwise be used to support people who are not giving anything back to the host nation, dollars that could be used for the war effort and helping our own people at home.


    This young Muslim from Somalia is extremely evil and very ungrateful.

    In Singapore, a Quran teacher wanted to do soft jihads to make islam dominant by using demographic bombs. So he married 10 wives and fathered 60 over children. His wives were all well-educated and each has either a polytechnic diploma or “A” Levels.

    One day, he got angry with his virgin teen daughters who were talking to boys, which he deemed polluting. So to keep their purity, he went to his Quran to look for the way out. He came across the silly idea that he could preserve their sexual purity by having sex with them.

    Fearing opposition from his wives (i.e. the girls’ mothers), he said that under the Quran, whatever he owned with his right hand, he had the right to do what he pleased.

    So he convinced his mindless wives to get their daughters to have sex with him whenever he felt the need for sex with virgins, a he could not wait to go to heaven for allah’s rewards of voluptuous virgns for his etenrally-free sex.

    Unfortunately, some of his daughters became pregnant, and he secretly sent them to Indonesian Batam islam nearby for abortions. Otherwise the Singapore police will go after him for incests and rapes.

    But one of his daughter could not take his bestiality anymore, and secretly reported him to the Singapore police. So he was arrested and charged in court for incest and rapes, and jailed 32 years by the High Court.

    His complicit wives each got 1 to 3 years jail. When the media reported the case, Singaporeans were all so shocked that this kind of evil islamic thing could have happened in an advance and enlightened Singapore.

    This goes to show one more time that islam is of the devil allah. Only the ISLAM preached by Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 is the true ISLAM of ALLAH, Whom the Quran says had taken Jesus to heaven to be with Him (An-Nisaa 4:158)

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