Amarillo — A 20-year-old Saudi student in Texas has been convicted by an Amarillo federal jury of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Although Khalid Ali Aldawsari had not yet constructed a bomb or selected a target, a jury found him guilty of the WMD charge and of illegally buying chemicals on line. The jury was unanimous in its decision.
Prosecutors told jurors the defendant's journal showed he had intended to cause violence and that he believed "the time for jihad had come." The government said Aldawsari had intended to plant chemicals in dolls and baby carriages and blow up dams, nuclear plants and the Dallas home of former president George W. Bush.
He was arrested in February 2011 near Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he was studying chemical engineering.
Aldawsari now faces up to a life sentence.