Yesterday, the FBI arrested Hasher Jallal Taheb in Georgia for a plot to attack the White House after he attempted to purchase firearms and explosives from an undercover FBI agent. His prospective targets also included the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and a specific synagogue in the District. Authorities believe Taheb was acting alone and the threat is contained.
The arrest came after a year-long FBI investigation based on a citizen tip alleging Taheb was radicalized, changed his name, and had plans to travel to ISIS-controlled areas. According to the complaint, the suspect did not have a passport so instead decided to stay in the United States and conduct attacks.
The attacker planned to approach the White House from the back and create a distraction for police. He planned to blow out a door of the West Wing to gain entry to the White House and martyr himself. He showed authorities hand-drawn diagrams of the White House that included the locations of US Secret Service and US Homeland Security officers.
There is no information indicating any further threat to the Nation Capital Region. The NTIC will continue to communicate threat trends to our law enforcement partners and faith-based communities and encourage suspicious activity reporting.