DALLAS — Hosam Smadi, who was convicted of attempting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper, said during his trial that Osama bin Laden is a "bad man."
But a video released on Wednesday — after his sentencing — tells a different story.
Smadi taped a message in Arabic to Osama bin Laden in which he praises the the world's best-known terrorist and proclaims his loyalty. At one point, he glorifies the September 11 attacks.
The video was made with the help of undercover FBI agents.
A translation of the tape was provided by the U.S. Attorney's office. Smadi says:
"May peace, Allah's mercy and blessing be upon you."
The 20-year-old Smadi was praising Bin Laden and eagerly trying to please him.
"Allah has facilitated it for me to join your organization from inside the enemy's midst."
Smadi was living in Ellis County and working at a restaurant when he came to the attention of FBI agents through an Islamic extremist forum. In the tape, Smadi tells bin Laden:
"You are more beloved to me than my father and mother."
With Smadi's conviction, the FBI also released dozens of photos, starting with pictures of the pickup truck he used to carry what looked like bombs in the bed and in the back seat.
Tucked into the visor was a cell phone and instructions, telling Mmadi how to activate the bomb:
"Move the rotating timer until it reads between 2 and 4 hours."
"Dial the number that is written on the back of the phone... the phone will detonate the bomb."