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Georgia man planned to attack the White House with a rocket launcher

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Wednesday, the FBI arrested 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia on the grounds that he was planning an attack on the White House. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

On Aug. 25, 2018, Taheb allegedly put his vehicle up for sale to fund a trip. An FBI informant reached out to show interest and met with the suspect days later.

Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to “hijra,” a term said to refer to Islamic State territory.

He also told the informant he wanted to attack the White House and Statue of Liberty in jihadist attacks, authorities said. At the beginning of December, Taheb arranged a meeting with the informant and an undercover FBI agent, the complaint said.

“Taheb explained that jihad was an obligation, that he wanted to do as much damage as possible, and that he expected to be a ‘martyr,’” the complaint said…

The attack on the White House was supposed to involve driving on a road behind the building, creating a diversion and shooting a hole through the building to gain entry and kill people, the complaint said.

Last week Taheb told undercover FBI agents he was ready to attack the White House and wanted to exchange his car for weapons. Wednesday he met with the agents who offered him a cache of weapons including a rocket launcher which is apparently what he planned to use to shoot a hole into the White House. Unbeknownst to Taheb, all of the weapons had been rendered non-functional. When he accepted the weapons he was arrested.

The FBI busted up a similar plan for a terror attack by a lone radical last summer. Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq wanted to attack the city of Cleveland and possibly also Philadelphia. He made the mistake of talking about his plans on Facebook which is how the FBI got involved in that case.

Here’s a local news report about Taheb. The home the FBI is searching in this clip looks pretty nice. Did he live there with his parents? Were they the ones who gave the tip about his radicalization?

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TSA worker: I’m afraid

Over 800,000 federal employees haven’t been paid due to the US government shutdown. We meet a TSA officer on the brink of losing everything, and speak with government workers at a rally in Washington DC, all with the same impassioned plea to lawmakers: “Do your job.”

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Pelosi: Why no, I’m not denying Trump a platform by canceling SOTU

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No? How about a dais? A riser? CNN’s Manu Raju asked the question that John Sexton raised yesterday. Isn’t her “suggestion” to postpone or cancel the State of the Union address just another form of deplatforming by the Left to prevent speech they don’t like? Not at all, Pelosi replied. She just doesn’t think Donald Trump should speak until federal workers get paid:

It’s “deplatforming” in a literal and immediate sense, although it’s questionable in the normal political sense in which the term is generally used. Pelosi is literally denying Trump a platform for the specific appearance set for January 29th. Usually, though, “deplatforming” suggests something a little more permanent, such as the result of the pitchfork-and-torch brigade’s efforts to get Kevin Williamson fired at The Atlantic for work he’d done years earlier. It’s also a bit more applicable on college campuses that force cancellations of conservative speakers, which tends to be a chronic condition rather than a one-off.

At least Pelosi has changed her tune on motive. Yesterday she claimed that she wanted the SOTU event postponed or canceled because of security concerns, but the Department of Homeland Security said they were fully capable of securing the event, shutdown or no. Today it’s all about getting federal employees paid, which transforms this from a security issue to a hardball and unprecedented negotiating tactic.

And that’s a change that matters. No previous president has had to overcome a policy difference in order to address a joint session of Congress, even in circumstances where the Speaker is from the opposing party. Joint sessions for presidential addresses (SOTUs and others) are an institutional tradition, or at least they were. If Pelosi now wants to treat this as a political spoil to be negotiated, then she should get used to questions about deplatforming on the basis of ideological conflict.

By the way, the Trump administration is working hard on expanding the universe of federal employees working without pay in the shutdown:

“It’s time for the Democrats to negotiate,” Russell T. Vought, the acting director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget who helped lead the effort to recall I.R.S. employees, recently said. “In the meantime, we will make this shutdown as painless as possible, consistent with the law.”

That last phrase — consistent with the law — has proved crucial for a team of 12 lawyers working under Mr. Vought. In past shutdowns, only workers deemed “essential” to protecting life and property — a category that would include people like Secret Service agents — were allowed to work.

But the budget office is now focused on Justice Department guidance, issued by previous administrations, that would broaden who is considered essential, using lesser known exceptions to call back thousands of employees to perform duties like preparing taxes or opening mail.

A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said lawyers were relying on guidance issued during past shutdowns, including a Clinton-era contingency plan that allows exceptions for workers whose duties do not rely on yearly appropriations.

At the basis of this, of course, is the utter refusal by both sides to come off even an iota from their original bargaining positions. Trump still wants his $5 billion, and Pelosi still doesn’t want a wall. She emphasized that in the same presser. She’s not for a wall, and so she’s also not for paying federal employees as long as Trump insists on getting funding for one. And the beat goes on.

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