U.S. Authorities Arrest Saudi Student in Bomb Plot

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A college student from Saudi Arabia has been arrested and charged with planning a terror attack on America.

Khalid Aldawsari allegedly to targeted dams in California and Colorado, nuclear power plants, and the Dallas, Texas home of former President George W. Bush, which he referred to as "the tyrant's house."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Aldawsari was in the final stages of planning multiple terror attacks.

The suspect is a man with no known ties to any terror group. However, officials said he was a legitimate terrorist threat.

"He is your classic lone wolf type terrorist," said Brad Garrett, a former special agent for the FBI. "In fact, he's potentially the scariest type."

Federal officials were tipped off about the suspect after he tried to purchase a large amount of phenol -- a chemical used to make high explosives.

Aldawsari also planned to use possible car bombs in the streets of New York, and backpack bombs for a Dallas nightclub. He even studied how to turn dolls in to bombs.

"I excelled in my studies in high school in order to take advantage of an opportunity for a scholarship to America," Aldawsari wrote in an online journal. "Now after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives, and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad."

Searches of his apartment uncovered lab equipment, a hazmat suit, and chemicals used to make explosives.

Authorities said Aldawsari was able to operate largely undetected in the U.S. He has been living legally in the country since 2008. He was studying chemical engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas on a student visa.

"The U.S. began bringing thousands of Saudi students to American universities to study as part of cultural exchange program," said CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck. "As we know, 15 of the 19 (Sept. 11) hijackers were young Saudi males yet the U.S. now is bringing thousands and thousands of young Saudi males to study here and we see the fruits of it with this latest arrest."

Aldawsari has been charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He makes his first appearance in federal court on Friday. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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