Thursday, December 09, 2010
FBI Stops Attack on Maryland Recruiting Center
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service
Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, 21, was charged with attempting to murder federal officers and employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against federal property in a scheme to attack an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Md., a Baltimore suburb, U.S. District Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, and Richard A. McFeely, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore division, said in a joint statement.
The device was inert and was supplied to the would-be bomber by an undercover FBI informant, the statement said.
Rosenstein said the public was never in harm’s way “because the people Mr. Martinez asked to help carry out his attack actually were working with the FBI.”
“Every person Mr. Martinez asked to join in his scheme either declined to participate, tried to talk him out of it or reported him to the FBI, and there is no evidence that Mr. Martinez received direction or support from any other person,” Rosenstein said.
Still, McFeely said the “danger posed by the defendant in this case was very real.” The work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which led to the discovery of the alleged crime, “showed us
was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack which would have cost lives,” McFeely added. Martinez