By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

WORCESTER (AP) — Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man accused of plotting to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol was a “ticking time bomb” who was caught before he could carry out his plan.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Defense attorneys for Rezwan Ferdaus, however, say he is a “mentally troubled” man who had a “completely unrealistic fantasy.”

The descriptions came during a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Worcester.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

Ferdaus’ lawyers are asking that the 26-year-old be released on bail and placed in the custody of his father while he awaits trial.

Prosecutors, however, argue that Ferdaus is dangerous and should be locked up until trial.

Ferdaus was arrested in September after law enforcement agents posing as al-Qaida members delivered what he believed was C-4 explosive.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  1. gramps says:

    NEW YORK — Fed up with a decade of the police spying on the innocuous details of the daily lives of Muslims, activists in New York are discouraging people from going directly to the police with their concerns about terrorism, a campaign that is certain to further strain relations between the two groups.

    Muslim community leaders are openly teaching people how to identify police informants, encouraging them to always talk to a lawyer before speaking with the authorities and reminding people already working with law enforcement that they have the right to change their minds. Some members of the community have planned a demonstration for next week.

    Some government officials point to this type of outreach as proof that Muslims aren’t cooperating in the fight against terrorism, justifying the aggressive spy tactics, while many in the Muslim community view it as a way to protect themselves from getting snared in a secret police effort to catch terrorists.


    No bail!


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