The FBI uncovered a plot by an alleged ISIS operative to kill former President George W. Bush, Forbes reported Tuesday.
A search warrant application that became public from the Southern District of Ohio reveals that the operative visited Dallas in November to take video footage around Bush’s home and tried to get the help of people that he would try and “smuggle” across the Mexican border, according to Forbes.
Forbes spoke with an FBI source about the plot:
In one conversation with a confidential FBI source, the suspect said he was planning to get four Iraqi national males located in Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and Denmark into the U.S., according to the warrant. In a later conversation, he claimed that one of the four was “the secretary of an ISIS financial minister,” the FBI said. The alleged smuggler described the men as “former Baath Party members in Iraq who did not agree with the current Iraqi government and were political exiles,” the FBI said. He was planning to charge each $15,000 to be smuggled into America, the FBI said. The Baath Party was the political organization of Hussein, who was deposed in the 2003 U.S. invasion.
No charges have been issued against the Ohio-based man, who was awaiting asylum in the United States since 2020, but his plot was foiled by using two informants and viewing the suspect’s WhatsApp activity.
Forbes shared more details about how they monitored the suspect’s actions:
While the sources were passing on what they learned over WhatsApp throughout 2021 and 2022, they were also secretly recording the in-person meetings with the alleged plotter in which additional startling details were revealed, according to the FBI. In one conversation from December, according to the warrant, the suspect claimed to have had just smuggled two individuals associated with Hezbollah — a terrorist organization, according to the U.S. — into the U.S. for a fee of $50,000 each.
Also in the FBI court filing, the alleged plotter claimed to be a member of “the resistance” and had killed many Americans in Iraq between 2003 and 2006, packing vehicles with explosives and detonating them when U.S. soldiers were near.
It is unknown if he has been arrested at this time.
Bush made headlines last week for a gaffe where he referred to the invasion of Ukraine as Iraq while speaking at the George W. Bush Institute.
“In contrast, Russian elections are rigged, political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process,” Bush said.
“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq… I mean of the Ukraine,” he continued.
Speaking in Dallas this afternoon, former President George. W Bush made a significant verbal slip-up while discussing the war in Ukraine.
He tried referencing what he described as the “wholly unjustified and brutal invasion” — but said Iraq, instead of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/tw0VNJzKmE
— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) May 19, 2022
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