A Jordanian man said he is not guilty of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper with what he thought was a car bomb. The 19 year old entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment in federal court Monday.
In both cases, decoy non-active bomb devices were provided to the men by FBI agents posing as al-Qaida operatives. Both suspects are now in custody and are charged with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. They face up to life in prison if convicted.
Two men unconnected to each other or to the investigation that has spawned recent national terrorism warnings are in federal custody after attempting to detonate what they thought were bombs outside an Illinois courthouse and a Texas skyscraper, authorities said.
A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas says Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested Thursday after placing what he thought was a bomb at the 60-story Fountain Place office tower. The decoy device was given to him by an undercover FBI agent.