How Smadi came to make Bin Laden video



Posted on October 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:13 PM


Chris Hawes reports

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There is new information on how terror suspect Hosam Smadi came to make a tape for Osama Bin Laden.

According to a FBI agent's affidavit, Smadi made a video about his planned attack, two months before he tried to carry it out.

He did not make the tape alone.

In July, Hosam Smadi got a ride to Dallas from a man he thought was a terrorist sleeper cell agent.

The man was, in fact, an undercover FBI agent.

After walking around Fountain Place, analyzing it as a bombing target, he went back to a hotel with the agent and created one of the biggest pieces of evidence against him.

According to the affidavit, "...Smadi was given the opportunity to compose a video-taped message about his desired and planned attack on the United States to Osama Bin Laden."

Smadi worked to pick just the right words.

Using his laptop to "research Qur'an passages and to compose his messages to Bin Laden."

FBI agents seized the laptop from Smadi's home on September 24th, the day they arrested him for his alleged attempted bombing of Fountain Place.

A receipt from the same warrant, executed on September 24th, shows agents also seized a digital camera, personal documents such as tax returns, a birth certificate, and passport, as well as two business cards and a Beretta handgun with two loaded magazines.

The search warrant was conducted with Smadi's written consent.

He remains in jail, charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.