List of unsuccessful terrorist plots in the United States post-9/11
The following is a list of unsuccessful alleged terrorist plots in the Post-9/11 United States. After the initiation of the War on Terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001, several terrorist plots aimed at civilian and military targets have failed to succeed.
Bush administration (First term)
|December 22, 2001||American Airlines Flight 63||A man was put into custody after attempting to detonate a shoe bomb.||Paris to Miami||Richard Colvin Reid||Serving a life sentence without parole |
|May 8, 2002||?||A man was arrested after returning from Pakistan for allegedly attempting to build a dirty bomb.||Chicago, Illinois||José Padilla||Sentenced to 17 years in prison |
|March 13, 2003||Brooklyn Bridge||A man was arrested and accused of giving aid to al-Qaeda and attempting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge ||Columbus, Ohio||Iyman Faris||Sentenced to 20 years in prison |
|June 2003||?||Eleven members of the Virginia Jihad Network were arrested and accused of training for holy war around the globe.||Northern Virginia||Ali al-Timimi, Ali Asad Chandia, et al.||All sentenced to 20 or less years in prison |
|August 2004||New York Stock Exchange, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the Citigroup Center||Security in the United States was put on high alert after a plot to destroy the New York Stock Exchange and other financial institutions in New Jersey and Washington surfaces.||United Kingdom||Dhiren Barot||Sentenced to life in prison |
|August 28, 2004||34th Street-Herald Square subway station||Two men were arrested after attempting to bomb the New York City Subway on the day before the 2004 Republican National Convention||New York, New York||Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay||Sentenced to 30 years in prison |
|August 2004||Pakistani diplomat||Two men were arrested at an Albany mosque after attempting to gain possession of a shoulder-fired grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat.||Albany, New York||Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain||Both sentenced to 15 years in prison |
Bush administration (Second term)
|June 2005||?||A man and his father were arrested after lying to the FBI about involvement in a jihadist camp in Pakistan.||Lodi, California||Hamid and Umer Hayat||Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in prison |
|August 2005||Los Angeles-area military bases, synagogues and other places||Four men running an Islamic prison gang were arrested after allegedly attempting to destroy Los Angeles-area places.||Los Angeles, California||Kevin James, et al.||James sentenced to 16 years in prison |
|December 2005||Williams Natural Gas (Wyoming), Transcontinental Pipeline, Standard Oil refinery||A man was arrested on suspicion that he had plans to destroy several sites.||Pennsylvania||Michael Curtis Reynolds||Sentenced to 30 years in prison |
|February 2006||Troops in Iraq, Toledo, Ohio citizens||Three men were arrested for allegedly planning to build bombs for use by terrorists in Iraq.||Toledo, Ohio||Mohammad Zaki Amawi, et al.||Amawi was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the others 13 and 8 years, respectively.|
|April 2006||Washington D.C.-area buildings||Two men from the U.S. state of Georgia, were arrested after videotaping Washington-area buildings and sending the tapes to a London-based jihadist website.||Toronto, Ontario||Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee||Ahmed sentenced to 13 years in prison, Sadequee sentenced to 17.|
|June 2006||Sears Tower and FBI offices||Seven men were arrested after allegedly plotting to bomb Sears Tower and FBI offices.||Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia||Narseal Batiste, et al.||Five of the men were convicted. Batiste was sentenced to 13 years in prison.|
|July 2006||PATH tunnels||A man was arrested after allegedly attempting to bomb New York and New Jersey subway tunnels and flood the financial district.||New York, New York||Assem Hammoud|
|December 2006||Cherryvale Mall||Derrick Shareef was charged after trying to trade stereo speakers for hand grenades and a handgun as part of a plan to terrorize shoppers at Cherryvale Mall in Rockford, Illinois during the holiday season.||Rockford, Illinois||Derrick Shareef|
|May 7, 2007||Fort Dix||Six men were arrested after attempting an attack on the Fort Dix military base.||Fort Dix, New Jersey||Dritan Duka, et al.||Four of the men received life sentences, one man received five years in prison and the other received 33 |
|June 3, 2007||John F. Kennedy International Airport||Four men were arrested in New York after a plot is revealed to bomb the fuel line of JFK airport.||New York, New York||Abdul Kadir, et al.||Kadir sentenced to life imprisonment.|
Obama administration (First term)
|May 20, 2009||New York City Synagogues/ U.S. Military Aircraft||Four men were arrested in New York after a plot is revealed to blow up two synagogues and shoot down a U.S. Military Aircraft.||New York, New York||James Cromitie, et al.|
|September 19, 2009||New York City Subway||Zazi, a native of Afghanistan who lived in Colorado, was arrested and convicted of plotting to bomb the New York City Subway system. He was trained by al-Qaeda in Pakistan. 5 others were also indicted on related charges. " ||New York, New York||Najibullah Zazi, et al.|
|September 24, 2009||Federal Building, Springfield, IL||A 29 year old was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield, IL.||Springfield, Illinois||Michael Finton|
|September 24, 2009||Dallas skyscraper||A 19-year-old was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.||Dallas, Texas||Hosam Maher Husein Smadi|
|October 16, 2009||Various overseas targets||Colleen LaRose, also known as JihadJane and Fatima LaRose, is an American citizen charged with terrorism-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists. Lars Vilks was a named target in response to drawings of Muhammad.||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Colleen LaRose, et al.|
|December 25, 2009||Northwest Airlines Flight 253||A man was arrested after Northwest Airlines passengers jumped him to avoid his detonating an explosive device above the city of Detroit.||Detroit, Michigan||Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab|
|May 1, 2010||Times Square||A Pakistani American who attempted the May 1, 2010 Times Square car bombing. He was arrested after he had boarded Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai. On June 21, 2010, in Federal District Court in Manhattan he confessed to 10 counts arising from the bombing attempt.||New York, New York||Faisal Shahzad|
|October 27, 2010||Arlington Cemetery station||A Pakistani-born Virginia man was arrested and accused of casing Washington-area subway stations in what he thought was an al-Qaeda plot to bomb and kill commuters.||Arlington, Virginia||Farooque Ahmed|
|September 28, 2011||The Pentagon and United States Capitol||Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi descent born and raised in Massachusetts, was arrested on September 28, 2011, for allegedly plotting to attack The Pentagon and United States Capitol with remote-controlled model aircraft carrying explosives. He was also charged for assembling IED detonators to be used in al-Qaeda plots to attack U.S. soldiers abroad.||Arlington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.||Rezwan Ferdaus|
|January 7, 2012||Tampa and various other targets||Sami Osmakac is a man who allegedly plotted an attack, to avenge what he felt were wrongs done to Muslims, in the area around Tampa, Florida. Osmakac, an Albanian from Kosovo and a naturalized US citizen, was arrested January 7, 2012, for the alleged attack plan, which involved bombing nightclubs, detonating a car bomb, using an assault rifle, wearing an explosive belt in a crowded area, and taking hostages.||Tampa, Florida||Sami Osmakac|
|February 17, 2012||United States Capitol||A Moroccan man who was arrested by the FBI for allegedly plotting to carry out a suicide bombing on the United States Capitol. El Khalifi thought he was working with al-Qaeda operatives, but was actually in contact with undercover FBI agents. He was sentenced to prison for 30 years in September 2012.||Washington, D.C.||Amine El Khalifi|
|October 17, 2012||New York Federal Reserve||A Bangladeshi man was charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York. While Nafis believed he had the blessing of al-Qaeda and was acting on behalf of the terrorist group, he has no known ties, according to federal officials.||New York, New York||Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis|
Obama administration (Second term)
|January 2014||Mosques, an Islamic school, the White House||A remote control radiation emitting device was to be used to attack a number of targets.||Eric Feight, Glendon Scott Crawford|
|February 14, 2015||Courthouse, bank, forest festival, first responders||A West Virginia man had stockpiled C-4, dynamite and other weapons (including a sniper rifle to target first responders) to allegedly attack a federal courthouse, a bank, and the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.||West Virginia||Jonathan Leo Schrader|
|September 11, 2015||9/11 Memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri||A Jewish American man, Joshua Ryne Goldberg, posing as an Australian ISIS supporter, attempted to get an FBI confidential informant to detonate a bomb at a Kansas City, Missouri September 11 attacks memorial event. Goldberg attempted to persuade the confidential informant to coat the shrapnel of the bomb in rat poison in order to maximize casualties. On December 20, 2017, Goldberg pleaded guilty to attempted malicious damage and destruction by an explosive of a building.||Orange Park, Florida||Joshua Ryne Goldberg|
Trump administration (First term)
|February 16, 2017||Temple Emanu-El||A South Carolina man was arrested for unlawful firearm possession after an undercover FBI agent posing as a member of the defunct neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations discovered he was a buying a handgun on Facebook Messenger. He was planning to conduct an attack on a Jewish synagogue and stated that he was inspired by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof. The man would be sentenced to 33 months in prison.||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||Benjamin McDowell|
|December 20, 2017||San Francisco, California Pier 39||Former U.S. Marine from Modesto, CA arrested for plotting a Christmas terrorist attack at San Francisco's very popular, Pier 39 on behalf of the ISIS regime. He planned to strategically bomb the pier to funnel people into a crowd, then begin with a mass shooting. The FBI stopped his plan after attention was brought to his pro-ISIS Facebook posts. Fall 2017, he was caught communicating with undercover FBI agents posing as ISIS recruiters, saying he was "wholehearted committed to the cause" and could provide "U.S. military resource" along with money to ISIS. ||Modesto, California||Everitt Aaron Jameson|
|April 19, 2018||A synagogue and a Russian Orthodox church||An Irvine man was arrested for attempting to kill Jews. The man had anti-Semitic literature, 22-caliber ammunition, and a paper titled "Killing My First Jew" complete with a "kill list" of prominent Jewish community members and entertainment figures as well aa synagogue and a Russian Eastern Orthodox Church.||Irvine, California||Nicholas Rose|
|July 13, 2018||Miami condos with Jews||A 72-year old neo-Nazi named Walter Stolper attempted to burn down a condo in Miami using containers full of gasoline, sulfur powder, and potassium nitrate but failed. Stolper's motivation was that he wanted to kill all the Jews living in the condo apartment. Police searches found Nazi memoribillia which included the Reichsadler eagle, a Adolf Hitler Christmas-themed mug that said "Merry Christmas" in German, an SS Totenkopf flag, a Nazi emblem-emblazoned knife, the book Mein Kampf, a swastika pin, and books related to the Nazis.||Miami, Florida||Walter Stolper|
|December 10, 2018||Jewish synagogue in Ohio||An ISIS supporter named Damon M. Joseph is arrested for attempting an attack on a synagogue. Joseph was inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers and told the police that he admired him and wished to carry out an attack similar to Bowers.||Toledo, Ohio||Damon M. Joseph|
|December 10, 2018||Toledo bar||Elizabeth Lecron and Vincent Armstrong were arrested for plotting an "upscale mass murder" at a bar in Toledo using explosives. Elizabeth Lecron had been a fan of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof having been in active correspondence with him and sending him a book about Belgian Waffen-SS Nazi leader Léon Degrelle. Lecron had already created a Tumblr page celebrating the church shooting in Charleston titled "charlestonchurchmiracle" as well as various other murderers. The two would be indicted on January 3, 2019.||Toledo, Ohio||Elizabeth Lecron and Vincent Armstrong|
|February 20, 2019||Democratic, left-wing and socialist politicians, media personalities, and organizations||A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant from Silver Spring, Maryland named, arrested for unlawful firearm possession and drug charges. Prosecutors say Hasson followed the manifesto of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Federal agents recovered 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Hasson's Silver Spring apartment, and they said he had been stockpiling weapons and ammunition since 2017. Hasson was a self-proclaimed white nationalist and neo-Nazi skinhead who supported turning the Pacific Northwest into an all-white homeland and sent a letter to Harold Covington, and had compiled an extensive 'hit list' targeting various Democratic and left-leaning politicians, lawmakers, media personalities, as well as journalists working for CNN and MSNBC and the organizations Democratic Socialists of America and Social Democrats, USA. According to email documents, Hasson planned "biological attacks followed by attack [sic] on food supply", and a "bombing/sniper campaign".||Silver Spring, Maryland||Christopher Paul Hasson|
|April 29, 2019||White supremacist rally, Jews||A US Army veteran was planning to bomb a white nationalist rally in retribution for the shooting in New Zealand. He was also planning attacks on Jews.||Long Beach, California||Mark Domingo|
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