Ashland Man Charged In Plot To Attack Pentagon, U.S. Capitol

BOSTON (CBS) – A 26-year-old Ashland man has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 explosives.

Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern graduate, was also charged with attempting to provide support and resources to al Qaeda to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas.

The man was arrested at a Framingham storage unit Wednesday after receiving 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, 3 grenades and 6 fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports

The FBI says the public was never in danger from explosive devices, which were under control by undercover FBI agents.

Ferdaus appeared in U.S. District Court  in Worcester Wednesday afternoon.

Read: Who is Rezwan Ferdaus?

Ferdaus allegedly rented out the storage unit using a fake name in June. He told undercover agents that he paid cash, and told the manager he was homeless, and was using the space for music. Last month he had a model airplane delivered to the facility, and the manager signed for it.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, “Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country.”

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports from Framingham

Read: Affidavit [.pdf]

The Affidavit alleges Ferdaus began plotting a violent “jihad” against the U.S. in early 2010. He obtained mobile phones which he modified to act as an electrical switch for an IED. He then provided those phones to undercover FBI agents.

The Affidavit says Ferdaus was pleased when the undercover agents told him the devices killed three U.S. soldiers. He added that he was “at peace” that the devices could kill more American soldiers.

“This is exactly what I wanted and I feel so blessed… I feel that I am seeing the fruits of my labor… I want to work with you guys and I wantto hit the snake on the tail and I want to choke it right in the head … The world will never be the same,” Ferdaus allegedly told undercover agents.

dojdroneplane Ashland Man Charged In Plot To Attack Pentagon, U.S. Capitol

This is a "like" photo of a plane similar to the one mentioned in the proposed plot. (Photo Credit: Dept. Of Justice)

During meetings with undercover agents and government witnesses, Ferdaus said he, envisioned causing a large “psychological” impact by killing Americans, including women and children, who he referred to as “enemies of Allah.”

Terror expert Peter Krause discusses plot

If convicted, Ferdaus faces up to 15 years in prison on charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization; up to 20 years in prison on the charge of attempting to destroy national defense premises; and a five year minimum mandatory in prison and up to 20 years on the charge of attempting to damage and destroy buildings that are owned by the United States, by using an explosive.

On each charge Ferdaus also faces up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Worcester, Ashland and Framingham Police Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

  • Traitor

    So if this guy goes to jail we as tax payers will have to pay to feed clothe and shelter him. He is a terrorist of this country so he should be KILLED!!!!

    • YaKnow


  • Peggy

    I agree with you 100%.

  • H

    Not the first time said individual has been in trouble, either:

  • Bob Nelson

    May 2003: Nicholas Colella, 17, of 7 Stagecoach Drive, and Rezwan Ferdaus, 17, of 22 Coburn Drive, were charged Monday with being accessories before the fact, conspiracy, being accessories after the fact and school vandalism, according to Chief Roy Melnick

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  • thor's hammer

    death to the terrorist. regrettably, at worst he goes to the supermax prison. sad we have to foot the bill . here’s what life in prison should mean – no window, no phone, no visitation, 1 meal a day, no library, no computer, no movies, no health care. a slot in the door to push thru your meal. you didn’t want to be here, you wanted to harm us, so why should we care. just you and your evil in a 4 by 4 cell. consider it “protective custody.” next case.

    • redneckjoe

      i agree with you 110% thor !!!

  • james

    How did this guy order a remote controlled fighter jet…didnt that raise a few flags?

    • H

      It’s a radio-controlled airplane. Why would somebody buying an expensive model/toy “raise a red flag”? Do you *really* think he told the vendor that he was going to pack it with explosives?

      Would *you” want to be questioned every time you bought something because whatever it was could conceivably be used in a harmful manner were it not to be used in the manner in which it was intended? Or, would you consider it an invasion of your privacy? It is not fair to ask other people to give up rights you wouldn’t give up, or do things you wouldn’t do.

  • Nosgood4me

    Shoot him for Xhit sakes ! shoot him now…

  • mikey

    The Federal Supermax Prison in Florence, CO is filling up fast.

    Another spoiled kid gone bad. His world will never be the same. Bub-bye forever. Good.

  • Goldie

    Newscast at 5:35 p.m.showed a UPS truck trying to make a delivery to the house and the police sending the truck away. Why didn’t the police confiscate the delivery? Wouldn’t it make sense to see what the delivery was to check on whether it could have something to do with this mental case’s terrorist plot?

  • Tom

    As I’m sitting here watching this live on tv a UPS pulls up at the crime scene in Ashland. The police officer sends him away. Did any one even consider that the UPS truck might be delivering more weapons or explosives?

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  • George Coman-Lavery

    UPS pules up in front of this guys house and the police wave the truck on..
    Did anyone think he may have been receiving more supplies for bomb making
    through UPS?

  • Mark

    He is a U.S. citizen who has attempted to conspire against this country.That’s called treason.Pull out back of the courthouse and put a .50 in his head!!

  • justme

    He thought he could blow up the Pentagon with a toy plane when a 737 didn’t do it?
    Northeastern might want to revoke his degree.

    Bring him out back, bullet to the head.

  • Italo

    I think this story points out what is the real face behind today’s terrorism. The terrorist world of the 2010s, as we know it, isn’t about one or another particular demographic or part of the world. It’s just modern-era serial killers who seek to act out their mentally disturbed intentions in a new way…via the media and modern technology. They can go on and on about Jihad, or whatever philosophy or religious causes in whose names they claim to want to carry out their unbalanced acts. They’re just contemporary Jack The Rippers who want attention, and to lash out at everything/everybody they hate, in the global public eye. I’m glad they caught and stopped this nutcase typical of this trend.

    • H

      I’m not sure whether to agree or not. History has shown that all governments have collaborators, sympathizers, and agents elsewhere in the world. There were Nazi sympathizers in the US, and anti-Nazis in Germany. So it goes both ways, for good and evil. So, it isn’t *necessarily* wise to discount something like this out of hand.

      However, in all fairness, it also isn’t a good idea to play the “organized terrorist” card when it is only one guy acting on his own. All that does is feed into media hype and spin to create a fear of conspiracy where nothing exists.

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  • elaine

    Sending away the UPS truck? Classic? Says a lot about the IQ of many law enforcement. I assume he is a naturalized citizen. Not native born. How did he get citizenship and when? I want detail how this can happen. Welcome to Massachusetts. The home of Mohamed Atta Uncle Omar, Aunt Zuituni and God knows who else.

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  • Doris Czajkowski

    He should be hung by his tesitcles and stoned to death.

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