A Saudi terrorism suspect accused of buying chemicals to build a bomb in Texas had at least one tie to Oklahoma City: He bought a car here.
Khalid Ali-m Aldawsari, a 20-year-old former Texas Tech chemical engineering student living in Lubbock, Texas, was charged Wednesday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Aldawsari purchased chemicals and other materials capable of producing a powerful bomb and wrote memos and sent
Possible targets included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, 12 U.S. dams, nuclear power plants, a Dallas nightclub, streets in New York City and three U.S. citizens who had previously served in the military at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Aldawsari bought a 2006 Hyundai Sonata in Oklahoma City and registered it on Oct. 5, 2009, the affidavit said. It referenced a blog entry in which Aldawsari described the hassles he experienced in making the purchase.
The Amarillo Globe-News was able to find a Sept. 20, 2009, blog entry that appears to be Aldawsari's description of his car purchase the day before.
The blog entry indicates Aldawsari ran into difficulties because he didn't arrive in Oklahoma City until Saturday afternoon and the branches of his bank were closed.
�I went to ATM and I got the maximum withdraw for one day $1,500,� the blog states.
It goes on to indicate he paid the unidentified car dealer the $1,500, promised to pay the remaining $5,500 when he got back to Lubbock, and gave the dealer his passport to guarantee the deal.
It was unclear from the affidavit whether the vehicle was to be used as a car bomb. FBI agents reported finding a Jan. 12 e-mail containing �a simplified lesson on how to booby-trap a vehicle.� However, they also reported Aldawsari conducted Internet research on Feb. 19 concerning whether a person could take a backpack into a nightclub,� and had researched the possibility of concealing explosives inside a realistic-looking doll.
Clay Simmonds, spokesman for the Oklahoma City FBI office, confirmed Friday that local agents had followed up on some leads concerning the automobile purchase at the request of Texas FBI agents, but referred further questions to the Dallas FBI office.
Mark White, spokesman for the FBI's Dallas office, said the investigation so far has given agents no reason to believe Aldawsari had associates in Oklahoma City or anywhere else who were involved in his alleged terrorism plot.
White declined to say what dealership sold Aldawsari the vehicle, saying he would not release any investigative information beyond what was in the arrest warrant affidavit.
�We have no indication that anyone else is involved at this point,� White said. �Of course, our investigation continues, because we want to make sure. We're not cutting out any possibilities, but at this point we have not found any indication that he's got any associates or he's associated with any terrorist groups. We just haven't seen that yet. But we continue to look. We want to make sure.�
Terrorism plots seem to have a way of finding Oklahoma.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh used a fertilizer bomb to blow up Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which resulted in the deaths of 168 people. McVeigh was executed for his crime.
Six years later, it was disclosed that Zacarias Moussaoui had undergone flight training in Norman before the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
Moussaoui initially testified that he was supposed to be a participant in the