Attempted Christmas Tree Bombing in Oregon

A 19-year-old Somali-born teenager attempted to detonate a van full of what he believed were explosives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony yesterday evening in Portland, Oregon. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized US citizen and student at Oregon State University, was arrested just as he attempted to set off the explosives via cell phone.

As reported in today’s New York Times, the bomb was a fake supplied by undercover FBI agents:

Yelling “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — Mohamud tried to kick agents and police after he was taken into custody, according to prosecutors.


The FBI affidavit that outlined the investigation alleges that Mohamud planned the attack for months, at one point mailing bomb components to FBI operatives, whom he believed were assembling the device.

It said Mohamud was warned several times about the seriousness of his plan, that women and children could be killed, and that he could back out, but he told agents: “Since I was 15 I thought about all this;” and “It’s gonna be a fireworks show … a spectacular show.”

According to officials, Mohamud had been in contact with an ‘unnamed individual believed to be in northwest Pakistan and involved in terrorist activities,’ today’s Guardian reports.

Mohamud has been charged with the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.  He is to appear in court on Monday.

Federal agents had allowed Mohamud to proceed with the plot ‘in order to build up enough evidence to charge the suspect with attempt,’ according to the New York Times. Thousands of people were at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland and officials emphasized that the public was never in any danger.  

Given the ‘recent spate of terror plans by U.S. citizens or residents’—-Faisal Shazhad’s plan to set off a bomb in Times Square; the ‘casing’ of Washington, DC-area subway stations by Farooque Ahmed of Virginia, as part of what he thought was an ‘al-Qaida plot to bomb and kill commuters’—-the public might be feeling a bit otherwise.

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bob m.
bob m.4 years ago

Who did it?
Musta bin the Ryders of the ladin lamp gang.
Now there's Yos. Sam,Moshe Dayan (steroids),Red (Ryder).
Place yer bets folks.
They're off.

Christy Walters
Christy Walters4 years ago

Timothy Mceigh is most probably still alive !! I researched the WTC bombing in 1993 and the Murrah Bombing in 1995 ,, The FBI did the WTC and its anyone's guess who carried out Oklahoma .. Both bombings a Ryder truck bomb was used and Bombs were planted inside the Murrah building (They didn't go off) ... 911 2001 i found a video still by complete chance showing a "Ryder truck parked outside the WTC during the false flag attack (Zionist War against freedom) !!

Tori W.
Past Member 4 years ago

oh goody...another muslim with bombs wanting to kill us...actually the intent was likely to intimidate anyone from practicing christianity...and failing kill them.....i'll bet he wouldn't have tried to plant a bomb if the display had been muslim...of course not...and even though he was told he could hurt others including children...he didn't care...he wanted a spectacular fireworks showing...and this is the face, mindset and actions of the intractable enemy we face...they will not accept any of us....they will never settle for peace...they carry grudges through centuries and generations...they will not listen to reason...they will never accept a settlement...they will only stop when they have achieved our total annihilation....does anyone still believe that reason will change their mind??? not even close....

Lionel Mann
Lionel Mann4 years ago

First of all abandon your ideas of ever attaining world domination. Remember the dire fate of all those who have previously held such ambitions. You are heading down the same path to perdition and daily acquiring more "terrorist" enemies. How about devoting all those billions of dollars that you are currently squandering on an utterly futile "War of Terror" to remedying the serious deficiencies in your national infrastructure?

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M.4 years ago

It doesn't matter if he was Muslim or not. He tried to kill innocent people, that's all that matters here. People have got to stop blaming all terrorist attacks on Muslims. It's absolutely disgusting. Anyone can be a terrorist. Does anyone remember the Oklahoma City bombing?? Timothy McVeigh was an AMERICAN terrorist. Don't forget that... And this guy? He deserves the same punishment as McVeigh. DEATH.

Rebecca Odle
Rebecca Noiseux5 years ago

Kind of funny how this individual will be sentenced to life when in effect Timothy McVeigh got death. Did they both not do the same thing? Or is it that Timothy actually killed the people. This guy should be put to death for plotting a terrorist attack. He a born american, should be stripped of the right. How can the rest of America stand by put everyday murders to death but not someone who plans to kill thousands. What are we thinking.

bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

Abdul; the day I see a healthy majority or even a good minority of your compatriots STAND and JOIN in the BATTLE against your so-called "non" muslims and put your doubletalking butts on the line in reigning in these psychos; I will continue to believe that you are just as deceitful as your empty words reveal.

bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

Do you remember what either Eienstein or Openheimer said about the news of atomics finally being realized?
He knew that a monsterous power had been released and trembled.
I think that Islam should do all it can to turn their agents away from beginning this kind of slaughter of innocents at a Christmas tree lighting.
It could ignite a fire that will consume the very root of these butchers.
This is not the way I believe the lord would have anyone respond but if this kind of psychopathic religeosity continues and most "peaceful" muslims continue to doubltalk.
Sides will be drawn up and it won't be pretty. People will not stand by and see their babies destroyed by demon spawn.

Donald MacDonald
don MacDonald5 years ago

" * says
* Nov 29, 2010 2:52 PM

Here's your trusty "FBI"

This highly important and valuable piece of information wouldn't be known today if it weren't for the FBI's Confidential Informant (CI), Emad A. Salem, secretly recording his conversations "

Thanks S,
Did not know all the details, but not at all surprised.


.5 years ago

Lather him in pig dung and hang him!