In a newly unearthed search warrant, the FBI believes it thwarted an assassination plan against former US president and current Vice President Joe Biden. The Justice Department published a statement confirming the accusation on Tuesday. Apparently, the individual was in the middle of a refugee claim. Agents of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force detained Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, this morning and he appeared in federal court here at 2:30pm, according to the DOJ.
An Iraqi man in the US accused of being an ISIS operative was plotting to kill George W. Bush, according to an FBI search-warrant application filed March 23 and unsealed this week in the Southern District of Ohio. He traveled to Dallas in November to take video around the former president's home and recruit a team of compatriots he hoped to smuggle into the country over the Mexican border."
Two confidential informants and monitoring of the suspected conspirator's WhatsApp account were cited as key factors in the FBI's discovery of the plan, according to the article.
After the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, "many Iraqis" were killed and "the nation broke apart," according to the order that permitted authorities to trace the suspected ISIS member through WhatsApp, a guy in Columbus, Ohio.
The FBI was able to speak with the plan organizer while putting together evidence, including the following:
An FBI insider was granted a search warrant after a warrant stated that a suspect had contacted the source and revealed the plot to kill President Bush, and asked the source if he could help him obtain "fake or fraudulent police and/or FBI identifications and badges" to carry out the killing and if it would be possible to smuggle out the plotters the same way they entered the country.
According to Forbes, the suspected plotter claimed to be a member of the "resistance" and had murdered numerous Americans in Iraq between 2003 and 2006, preparing cars with explosives and detonating them when US forces were around in the FBI court filing.
The FBI's confidential informant accompanied the suspect to Bush's mansion and the George W. Bush Institute, where the Iraqi man filmed further footage, federal authorities said in the request.
Some Congressional leaders were horrified when word came on Tuesday that the suspect also intended to bring a squad of would-be assassins through the weak southern US border...
"This bombshell study puts it in the very starkest terms the imperative to secure the border NOW," said Texas Senator Ted Cruiz on Twitter, referring to the ongoing discussion between the Republican Party and Vice President Joe Biden.
Forbes describes the foiled scheme of the suspect as follows: His objective, as stated in the warrant, was to get Mexican visitor permits for the ISIS operatives, using passport information he would transmit to the informant through WhatsApp, before bringing them over the border,"
This does not take away from the fact that there are many major red flags in the account that point to the likelihood that the FBI may have been duped into recruiting an insane person into a criminal conspiracy with fantasy components.
For example, Forbes reports that "In one communication from December," a suspect claimed to have smuggled two persons linked with Hezbollah (a terrorist group, according to the US) into America for $50,000 apiece, according to the warrant.
Even the most basic understanding of Middle Eastern geopolitics shows that ISIS and Hezbollah are bitter enemies who have been locked in a perpetual state of war since the birth of so-called "Islamic State" (also representing the deep divide between radical Sunnism and extremist Shi'ism, with either side seeing the other as an apostate). According to the best knowledge we have, the two parties have never met or "worked together" in any capacity, anywhere or anytime.
What if ISIS and Hezbollah were to collaborate on a large-scale international plot? This one has a lot going against it. According to the warrant, "communications with a buddy in Qatar who was a former minister in Iraq under Saddam Hussein" were the basis for the suspect's allegation that he had access to substantial sums of money.