For years, Americans have been warned that the next terror attack may come from our own backyard. The events of the past few weeks are a reminder of that threat as federal agents pursued terror plots in four states.
Federal agents issued a sobering find.
"I think this is as close as we've come since 9/11 to having a major terrorist attack on U.S. Territory," explained Richard Clark, former National Security adviser.
In Denver, federal officials have filed documents claiming apparent al Qaeda ringleader, Najibullah Zazi, planned to bomb several New York sites using bombs made with beauty products, which are widely available. These are the same types of bombs used in the deadly 2005 train bombings in London.
"It's so readily available and it flies under the radar when you purchase it," said Brad Garrett, former FBI agent.
In Springfield, Illinois, Michael Finton, also known as Talib Islam, was arrested for allegedly trying to detonate a van he thought was loaded with explosives in front of a federal courthouse. The bombs were fake. The plot was an FBI sting.
"He talked about a number of different targets including the FBI building, the Decatur Police Department," said FBI agent John Stafford.
And in Dallas, Texas, federal agents say 19-year-old Jordanian Josam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested for trying to blow up a 60-story office tower.
Once again, it was another FBI sting and another fake bomb.
"I'm glad they caught him and I'm glad that I'm still alive I guess," said one bystander.
Finally in Quantico, Virginia, prosecutors say two North Carolina suspects recently plotted to attack a Marine base.
"It's a crazy world and these are crazy times and there are a lot of crazy people out there," said David Delacy, a Prince William County, Va. resident.
Unlike the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., federal authorities believe these cases are unrelated. But officials in Texas and Illinois did coordinate the arrests to avoid alerting the suspects.