In plan to attack recruiting center, echoes of Christmas tree bombing plot
A Baltimore resident is charged with attempting to explode a car bomb at a military recruiting center. Undercover FBI operatives posed as militant Muslims to catch the recent convert.
Another would-be jihad car bomber has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of an undercover sting operation.
There was no real bomb. It was all a setup arranged by undercover FBI sources and operatives posing as militant Muslims.
But Mr. Martinez didn’t know that.
The case is similar to the Nov. 26 arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-American who was taken into custody after he attempted to use a cell phone to trigger what he thought would be a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. The bomb was a fake. His would-be militant co-conspirators were undercover FBI operatives.
The Martinez operation followed the same strategy. The FBI used undercover operatives to conduct a series of conversations with Martinez, whom they suspected held radical ideas about taking violent action in the US.