The Valedictorian Terrorist

Book Smart Abu Ali

The government today charged high school valedictorian Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen with planning to assassinate President Bush.

From Little Green Footballs


The federal indictment said that in 2002 and 2003 Abu Ali and an unidentified co-conspirator discussed plans for Abu Ali to assassinate Bush. They discussed two scenarios, the indictment said, one in which Abu Ali “would get close enough to the president to shoot him on the street” and, alternatively, “an operation in which Abu Ali would detonate a car bomb.”

The White House had no comment on the indictment.

Abu Ali was born in Houston and moved to Falls Church, Va., where he was valedictorian of his high school class. Federal prosecutors say Abu Ali joined an al Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia in 2001. The alleged Bush plot occurred while he was studying in that country.

Abu Ali had been arrested and held in Saudi Arabia…

The FBI became interested in Abu Ali because he knew some of the 11 men in the so-called Virginia jihad network case. Those men were indicted, and nine were convicted, on weapons charges and charges of training with a terrorist group. Three of the defendants were arrested in Saudi Arabia about the same time as Abu Ali and extradited to the United States.

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