Source: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled
February 17th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Source: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.

The man had what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.


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    Down goes another one.

    February 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if he watched foreign owned media with a Saudi flair, Fox, and he got all fired up.

    February 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I feel safer with Pres. Obama at the helm, than I would with any of the Republicans at the helm. I mean like, where on earth was Dick Cheney during all of those years at the height of two wars. He was nowhere, man. No whereabouts, whatsoever. I bet the Republicans still know where that hiding place is and Republican president would be the first one there. The bad part is that they never told George about it.

    February 17, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    No matter who is in the Whitehouse, we can only trust that people are doing their jobs. Thanks to everyone involved in protecting all of us from a person like that.

    February 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cheney and W need to come out of hiding and personally water board him.

    February 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. DaveC

    This is how this event is going to be spun by Mitt, Rick, Newt, Mitch and Boehner. First they are going to congratulate the brave men and women who tirelessly brought this person to justice at great risk to their lives. Then they are going to blast the Obama administration and Obama himself for allowing this guy to possess a vest that he THOUGHT contained explosives but really DIDN'T contain explosives so that it could fool him. Then they are going to blame Obama and the Obama administration for needlessly putting innocent Americans (read right wing, conservative republicans) at risk in an attempt to catch a terrorist and how they would have done things differently if they were in the White House (Mitt, Rick and Newt) or a republican was in the White House (Boehner or Mitch). Finally, they all will conclude by once again congratulating those brave men and women who put themselves in harms way on the front lines of the war on terror every day. Then they will go to a fundraiser.

    February 17, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. judy

    this president has done a good job with security and I commend the men and women who work every day to keep us safe.

    February 17, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. mactsr

    Time to wake up and smell the coffee. Muslims are at war with us. Time to do anything it takes to remove these creeps from our country. Yes I am being mean but better to be mean than have people killed a suicide bomber.
    This time we got lucky but the next time maybe not.

    February 17, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Madtown

    The man had what he thought was a vest with explosives
    Awesome job folks! Law enforcement switched vests with him, gave him the one containing jelly-filled donuts.

    February 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Oh, the poor, unfortunate misunderstood man. I'm sure it wasn't his fault. I'm sure that deep down, he's a really, really nice guy.


    February 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    President Obama STILL keeping America safe since 2008! of course though he won't get credit for it by the right, HOWEVER if this plan had been successful he would be blamed for it BY the right.

    February 17, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    DaveC, is our "Predict the Pathetic Talking Point" winner!!!!!

    February 17, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. diridi

    you are letting every tom dick and harry enter into the nation, watch out....restrict visas...god bless. Could this be republican plot?

    February 17, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    No threat here... Move along, nothing to see... Islam is a peaceful religion. The real danger is all those pacifists Christians.

    February 17, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |