A man was sentenced to 15-years in prison for plotting an attack on the White House and several government properties.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 23, of Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty to the attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosive. He was sentenced in US. District Court.
“Taheb planned to conduct a terrorist attack on the White House as part of what he claimed was his obligation to engage in jihad,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.
“And that was just one of the iconic American landmarks he wanted to target. Thanks to a tip from a member of the community and the work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors responsible for this case, the threat posed by the defendant was neutralized and the defendant has now been sentenced for his planned terrorist attack.”
“Taheb painstakingly planned an attack on the White House that potentially jeopardized the lives of White House employees and visitors,” said US. Attorney Byung J. ”BJay” Pak. “We are thankful to members of our community and our federal and state law enforcement partners who identified Taheb’s scheme and worked cooperatively to bring him to justice.”
“Because of a tip from the public, the FBI Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force and our law enforcement partners began a year-long investigation that resulted in Taheb’s arrest and potentially saved many lives,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.
“The phrase ‘If you see something, say something’ may seem trite, but our citizens are our eyes and ears in our communities, one of our most important weapons in fighting terrorism, and this case exemplifies that,” he added.