Eli Lake
The Daily Beast
September 29, 2011

The arrest of a Massachusetts man that the FBI alleges wanted to fly remote-controlled airplanes filled with C-4 explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, gives a rare glimpse into how the government has been focusing on the threat of lone wolves and homegrown terrorists in the United States.

According to the affidavit of FBI Special Agent Gary Cacace, the bureau on Wednesday arrested U.S. citizen Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, because he planned to fly remote-piloted model airplanes filled with C-4 explosives into the Pentagon and the Capitol as part of a hoped-for spectacular attack against what he considered to be “evil America.”

The plot would have involved six other operatives who would form a kind of commando team that would fire on crowds of people streaming out of Congress and the Pentagon after the initial attack. The bureau knew this because agents posed as al Qaeda operatives over the course of several meetings with Ferdaus, the affidavit alleges.

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