The investigation was started because of a tip given to law enforcement. The tipster told authorities that the suspect was becoming radicalized and changed his name.
Federal agents posing as potential terrorists and munitions sellers arrested a Georgia man in a plot to blast his way into the West Wing of the White House with an anti-tank rocket, according to court papers and prosecutors.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cummings, Georgia, met with undercover agents on Wednesday and traded his car for semi-automatic assault rifles, remote-controlled explosives and grenades, and an anti-tank rocket, according to an FBI affidavit.
He planned to blow out a door of the West Wing to gain entry, using as many weapons as possible to inflict carnage, court papers said. He also told at least one agent that he wanted to fire a rocket at the Statue of Liberty, the FBI said.
Unbeknownst to Taheb, the weapons he received on the back of a tractor-trailer had been rendered inert by the FBI. He was arrested within moments of "obtaining" the weaponry, according to prosecutors.