A Northeastern University graduate and drummer in two Boston-area bands is accused of plotting to bomb the Pentagon and U.S. Capital with a remote-controlled aircraft, The Boston Globe reported.
Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is a U.S. citizen who lives with his parents and brother in Ashland, Mass. He goes by the stage name Bollywood as a drummer in local bands Goosepimp Orchestra and Silk Road.
Ferdaus was led to believe that FBI agents investigating him as part of an undercover sting were Al Qaeda recruiters, and revealed to them the motivations of his plot.
Explaining that he wanted to change the world, he told the agents I just can't stop; there is no other choice for me, according to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Gary S. Cacace.
This is what we have to do. This is the righteous way . . . to terrorize enemies of Allah.
Ferdaus received at least $7,000 from the FBI to purchase a remote control plane in August that he believed he would later use to attack a Washington, D.C. landmark. The accused terrorist had rented a storage facility in Framingham, Mass., where he had made arrangements for the agents to deliver explosives and guns. He was arrested at the storage facility Wednesday when he took possession of the materials.
The conduct alleged today shows that Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country, including attacks on the Pentagon and our nation's Capitol, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement.
Our top priority is to protect our nation from terrorism and national security threats.
Ferdaus told the undercover FBI agents that he began considering terrorist activity against the United States after seeing videos and reading materials promoted by Al Qaeda, which made him realize how evil America is and that jihad is the solution, according to the affidavit.
The accused terrorist's plans were first discovered by an FBI informant with a criminal record, the Globe reported. Ferdaus believed that his planned remote air attacks would essentially decapitate the entire empire.''
A CBS report said there was a good chance Ferdaus would accuse the FBI of entrapment, but that the agents gave him multiple opportunities to get out of it during the course of the undercover investigation.
Ferdaus is being held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Monday at 3 p.m.