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Terrorism and the Internet
Terrorism and the internet

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a Jordanian teenager in the United States illegally, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 26 of trying to blow up a 60-story Dallas skyscraper. Smadi reportedly parked a vehicle in the building's garage on Sept. 24 hoping to detonate explosives with a cellphone. FBI agents, posing as al-Qaeda operatives, had been keeping tabs on Smadi after discovering him on an extremist Web site earlier this year where he stood out for “his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the United States.”

In March 2008 a participant on the pro al-Qaeda online forum posted six training sessions for aspiring terrorists. The first was entitled: “Do you want to form a terror cell?” Using the ...

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