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Odysseus
09-20-2010, 07:29 PM
September 20, 2010 6:20 PM |

A Northwest Side man has been charged with plotting to bomb a strip of crowded Wrigleyville night spots around the time people were leaving a Dave Matthews concert at the ballpark over the weekend.

Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, of the 4700 block of North Kedzie Avenue, was arrested as he placed a backpack containing what he thought were high-explosives in a trash can in front of Sluggers on Clark Street, about a block south of Wrigley Field, according to the FBI. (Read the federal complaint HERE.)

The bomb was a fake provided by an undercover federal agent. "At no time was the public in danger during this investigation," the FBI said.

Houssoun had also discussed other violent plots in Chicago, including a biological attack on the city, poisoning Lake Michigan, attacking police officers, bombing the Willis Tower and assassinating Mayor Richard Daley, the FBI said.

But he is so far charged only with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device in connection with attempted bombing near Wrigley Field. The FBI said there was no indication any foreign or domestic terror group was connected to the plot.

"He was acting alone," said Robert Grant, head of the FBI's office in Chicago. "He was not, I would say, highly skilled but definitely desirous of finding the material he needed to carry out his attack.

"His intent was to kill as many people as he could in an area of town that was highly populated, in an effort to cause as much destruction as possible," Grant said.

Hassoun, who is a Lebanese citizen and a permanent U.S. resident, told an "associate" in June that he wanted to commit acts of violence to make money and cause "political transformation in Chicago," the FBI said.

Unknown to Hassoun, his associate was secretly cooperating with the FBI, the agency said.

Throughout the summer, he allegedly discussed with the associate the violent plots, but eventually selected the Wrigleyville area as his target, "utilizing an explosive device which he would detonate on a weekend night to inflict maximum damage," the FBI stated.

In July, the associate introduced Hassoun to an undercover federal agent who claimed he was from California and had access to explosives. While meeting with the agent, Hassoun discussed several plots and scenarios that would make a dramatic impact on Chicago and force Daley to resign, the FBI stated.

Hassoun eventually settled on a bombing outside a strip of Wrigleyville bars and nightclubs, the FBI said.

On Saturday night, Hassoun met with the agent, who provided him with a backpack that Hassoun thought contained high-powered explosives, according to the FBI. The agent showed Hassoun how it worked, though it reality it was made of inert materials and unable to explode, the agency said.

Early Sunday morning, Hassoun and the agent went in a rented vehicle toward Wrigleyville as crowds were leaving Wrigley Field after a concert by the Dave Matthews Band, the FBI said.

As agents watched, Hassoun placed the fake explosive into a trash container near Eddy and Clark, the FBI said. He was arrested and the fake device was recovered.

The slim, unshaven Hassoun smiled at relatives as he appeared before U.S. Judge Susan Cox this afternoon. Hassoun said he would hire his own attorney for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Hassoun faces 5 years to life in prison.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/fbi-man-arrested-in-plot-to-bomb-wrigleyville.html
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Okay, everybody, who can tell me what his motivation was?

A) Somebody who hated the healthcare bill
B) A fundamentalist Christian, clinging to God, guns and fear of people unlike himself
C) A Tea Party Express member
D) An adherent of the Religion of Peace (tm), Peace Be Upon Him

Gingersnap
09-20-2010, 07:33 PM
Those damned Lutherans.

lacarnut
09-20-2010, 07:37 PM
September 20, 2010 6:20 PM |


Okay, everybody, who can tell me what his motivation was?

A) Somebody who hated the healthcare bill
B) A fundamentalist Christian, clinging to God, guns and fear of people unlike himself
C) A Tea Party Express member
D) An adherent of the Religion of Peace (tm), Peace Be Upon Him

E) He was pissed cause he did receive his free Camel that Obama promised.

Odysseus
09-20-2010, 07:38 PM
Those damned Lutherans.

Those 95 Theses have been a constant source of strife, i tell you. :rolleyes:

Constitutionally Speaking
09-20-2010, 08:40 PM
ANOTHER Presbyterian!!!

NJCardFan
09-20-2010, 09:29 PM
Sami Samir Hassoun:rolleyes:

Lager
09-20-2010, 11:11 PM
4700 block of Kedzie isn't far from where I grew up. The fact of our continuing support of Israel probably ate at him every day so strongly, that he finally cracked. I mean, what else could somebody from the northwest side of Chicago be bothered about? It was either that, or another Cubs season down in flames. Both valid excuses, I'm sure. :rolleyes:

Lager
09-20-2010, 11:12 PM
"Sami Samir Hassoun"? Are they sure it wasn't Sami Sosa?

m00
09-20-2010, 11:16 PM
yanno, I wonder if this guy would have "existed" (as a would be terrorist) if the FBI hadn't basically fed him plans/bomb.

Odysseus
09-21-2010, 09:51 AM
"Sami Samir Hassoun"? Are they sure it wasn't Sami Sosa?
'Roid rage as a motive for jihad? Interesting...:D

yanno, I wonder if this guy would have "existed" (as a would be terrorist) if the FBI hadn't basically fed him plans/bomb.


Hassoun, who is a Lebanese citizen and a permanent U.S. resident, told an "associate" in June that he wanted to commit acts of violence to make money and cause "political transformation in Chicago," the FBI said.

Unknown to Hassoun, his associate was secretly cooperating with the FBI, the agency said.

Throughout the summer, he allegedly discussed with the associate the violent plots, but eventually selected the Wrigleyville area as his target, "utilizing an explosive device which he would detonate on a weekend night to inflict maximum damage," the FBI stated.

In July, the associate introduced Hassoun to an undercover federal agent who claimed he was from California and had access to explosives. While meeting with the agent, Hassoun discussed several plots and scenarios that would make a dramatic impact on Chicago and force Daley to resign, the FBI stated.

So, for several months, this guy was telling someone that he wanted to kill people, before that someone fed him to the FBI. It's possible that he would have remained a big talker if that hadn't occurred, but if, OTOH, he had hooked up with a real jihadi, I have no doubt that the bomb would have been real.

m00
09-21-2010, 06:49 PM
So, for several months, this guy was telling someone that he wanted to kill people, before that someone fed him to the FBI. It's possible that he would have remained a big talker if that hadn't occurred, but if, OTOH, he had hooked up with a real jihadi, I have no doubt that the bomb would have been real.

Depends on the amount of pushing, and how much money he was offered yeah? Lots of people shoot their mouths off. But if an undercover FBI goes up to any random person and says "here's a million bucks, you just have to commit this crime" the amount of people that would take the offer is a much larger number than the amount of people that would commit the same crime under their own initiative.

Odysseus
09-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Depends on the amount of pushing, and how much money he was offered yeah? Lots of people shoot their mouths off. But if an undercover FBI goes up to any random person and says "here's a million bucks, you just have to commit this crime" the amount of people that would take the offer is a much larger number than the amount of people that would commit the same crime under their own initiative.

It doesn't say that the FBI paid him to do it, and apparently he pestered his acquaintance enough to call in the Feds. I'm sure that his lawyer will argue entrapment, but I'm also pretty sure that the FBI has enough on tape to disprove that. This guy clearly had the desire to kill lots of people and I'll sleep better knowing that he's not in a position to do it.

ralph wiggum
09-22-2010, 10:00 AM
This moron apparently was mad at Mayor Daley.

Kudos to the FBI for stopping this clown.

I can't imagine the chaos that would have been created had this been a real bomb and gone off where the backpack was being dropped.

ralph wiggum
09-22-2010, 10:23 AM
Wrigleyville bomb suspect may claim entrapment (http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/wrigleyville-bomb-suspect-may-claim-entrapment.html)

As prosecutors take up the challenge of trying to convict a man arrested in an alleged bomb plot in Chicago, they may have to show the suspect wasn't egged on by an informant or undercover FBI agents into a crime he didn't initially intend to commit.

Hassoun is due in court at 3:30 p.m. today for a detention hearing. His attorney, Myron Auerbach, says it's not clear if the judge will rule on bail at that hearing.

Auerbach said Tuesday he needed to study the case further before deciding on a defense strategy. But he left open the possibility of citing entrapment.

"My client didn't bring anything of his own making to the incident. Things were given to him," he said.

Former federal prosecutor Eric Sussman said the issue of entrapment is often broached in such cases.

"You have to show the suspect is someone predisposed to committing the crime rather than the informant being the instigator," Sussman said.

Hassoun, a Lebanese citizen who has lived in Chicago for about three years, was charged Monday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and of an explosive device.

Odysseus
09-22-2010, 10:53 AM
Wrigleyville bomb suspect may claim entrapment (http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/wrigleyville-bomb-suspect-may-claim-entrapment.html)

In a related note, water is wet. :rolleyes: