Muslim Bomber Targeted Republican Representative Aaron Schock in Illinois

Muslim Bomber Targeted Republican Representative Aaron Schock in Illinois

Rep. Aaron Schock's office was terror target

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock's office in Springfield, Ill., was targeted in an attempted terrorist attack.

Rep. Aaron Schock's (R-Ill.) office in Illinois state capital of Springfield was one of the targets of a planned terrorist attack, his office said Friday.

Michael C. Finton, known as Talib Islam, was arrested Wednesday after trying to detonate a van he believed was stuffed with explosives near the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield. Finton had been collaborating on the attack with an undercover FBI agent and is being charged with attempting to murder federal officers or employees and trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, according to the Associated Press.

"My office was notified today of the attempted terrorist attack on both the Federal Building and my Congressional Office in Springfield," Schock said in a statement. "I am incredibly grateful to the FBI for their fine work in preventing this terrorist attack."

Schock's office was a secondary target, according to an Associated Press report.

Finton, 29, converted to Islam in prison and said famed American Taliban operative John Walker Lindh was his hero. Finton also expressed a desire to fight Israelis in the Gaza Strip and received military training in Afghanistan. He was under federal supervision for months.

Schock, 28, is the youngest member of Congress. He replaced Ray LaHood in a district that includes Peoria and part of Springfield.

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 12:29 AM


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This is a disturbing development. Such actions as Finton's have been predicted for a long time, and maybe this is the beginning of what we've been apprehensive about. All of us on this website need to remain vigilant and alert, and continue to try our best to influence all our friends and relatives to do the same. Certainly a great deal of localized damage can be done by bombs. This has been demonstrated in this country, and of course is a daily occurrence in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, I am personally more concerned with the potential poisoning of our water supply. Consider how easy it would be for anyone, whether a terrorist or just any insane individual, to poison a large body of water used as the water supply for a city. Once the poison was introduced, clean-up and neutralization could take years, and could kill incredible numbers of innocent people. I'm not advocating that we become paranoid, but I am saying that we need to be alert and vigilant, and try to influence our public officials to monitor water quality on a regular and frequent basis. I don't fear terrorists (maybe that's a deficiency in me), but I absolutely don't trust them.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
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