Another Homegrown Terrorist Arrested for Plot

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A young Muslim stands accused of plotting to blow up U.S. military recruiting centers in Maryland.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Antonio Martinez, who now calls himself Muhammed Hussain, wanted to strike at the U.S. military because he believes it's waging a war on Muslims.

However, the recent Muslim convert did not realize his fellow plotters were FBI agents. They supplied him with the fake car bomb that he tried to plant and detonate at a recruiting center.

The bombing attempt and subsequent arrest of Martinez in Catonsville outside of Baltimore surprised some who work and live around the center.

"You could see, I don't know if they set off a flash bang or something, because you heard the loud bang," said Will Eckenrode, a witness. "And there was a little bit of smoke, and all you could see was scattered FBI agents running all around."

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck has more on Martinez's arrest and the growing homegrown terror threat.  Click play for his comments, following Heather Sells' report.

"Our goal is to deter people from planning schemes like this one and from trying to recruit other people to participate in other schemes like this one," said Rod Rosenstein, a U.S. attorney.

Pat Brubech of Catonsville is happy Martinez's plot was discovered, but now wonders if there are more people like him.

"How many is out there that they're not catching?" Brubech asked.

"My assessment is the threat environment is increasingly active," said Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

Napolitano said this arrest and one last month in Oregon show the plots are no longer planned overseas and imported, but they are now actively being planned by would be terrorists in the U.S.

"An increasing amount of hometown or homegrown terrorist activity particularly by individuals who have become radicalized and associated with Al Qaeda or Islamist terrorism beliefs and techniques and tactics," she said.

The suspect is reportedly a follower of Anwar al-Awlaki, who has become al Qaeda's top recruiter of home grown terrorists.

Martinez remains in federal custody. A hearing of the case against him is scheduled for Monday.

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