A Georgia man accused of premeditated missile attacks on the White House and other U.S. monuments pleaded guilty Wednesday, according to federal prosecutors.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 23, was arrested in January 2019 after a year of being under investigation by the FBI.
Local law enforcement near Buford, Georgia contacted the FBI in March 2018 after it received a tip that Taheb had embraced a radical Muslim worldview.
After the would-be killer put his vehicle up for sale in August 2018, an undercover FBI agent showed interest in purchasing it.
Taheb told the agent "he wished to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty." He then produced sketches of the White House, described a detailed plan to attack it, and described weapons and explosives he wanted to use, including semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, an anti-tank weapon, and hand grenades.
He also told the undercover agent that "jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam."
On January 16, 2019, Taheb showed up to meet with the undercover agent to rent a car and trade in their vehicles for weapons. After Taheb loaded the weapons into the rented vehicle and climbed into the passenger seat, the agents arrested him.
Taheb pleaded guilty to attempting to destroy, by fire or an explosive, a property owned by or leased to the United States.