You never know. Maybe he’ll claim his prayer “In the name of Allah The Beneficient, The Merciful. Nitro [urea] explosive is more powerful than T.N.T.” was really just part of his Interior Spiritual Struggle. An update on this story. “Student pleads not guilty to bomb plot,” by Betsy Blaney for the Associated Press, March 29:
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction has pleaded not guilty.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari entered his plea at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse Monday in Lubbock. Koenig set a May 2 trial date.
If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, he faces up to life in prison.
Court documents allege he hatched plans to attack various U.S. targets, including New York City and former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home.
Authorities arrested Aldawsari on Feb. 23.
Court records indicate authorities traced his online purchases, discovered extremist online posts he made and secretly searched his apartment, computer and e-mail accounts and read his diary.
Excerpts can be found here, including his deliberate efforts to be placed in the U.S. in a study-abroad program.