A Baltimore man was arrested yesterday on charges that he plotted to detonate a vehicle bomb at an Armed Forces recruitment center in Maryland, a plot that was a sting operation, the Justice Department said.
“There was no actual danger to the public as the explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully monitored by law enforcement for months,” said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd.
A law enforcement official said the individual arrested was a 21-year-old male who is an American citizen and converted to be a Muslim.
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The case is the latest in a series of sting operations by law enforcement agencies involving terrorism plots, including one case in which an Oregon man was arrested last month on charges he tried to detonate a car bomb near a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has defended such sting operations, saying that they are integral to finding people who are on a path to attack the United States and Americans.
Some defense lawyers have questioned whether they were entrapment.
In October, a Jordanian national was sentenced to 24 years in prison for a plot to blow up a Dallas skyscraper using a fake bomb as part of an FBI undercover operation.