Ashland Terrorist Suspect To Attend Detention Hearing

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The Ashland man accused of plotting terror attacks in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to attend a detention hearing Monday at the U.S. District Court in Worcester.

Rezwan Ferdaus is 26 years old, a U.S. citizen, middle class and well educated. And, by many accounts, he's disaffected with life. The indictment against him says Ferdaus, a Muslim, wanted to kill "as many kafirs (non-believers) as possible."

[Al-Qaida] is urging youth to stay at home and fight a jihad in America," Jessica Stern, terrorism expert, said.

Stern is a member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and Law based in Cambridge. She says this latest suspect fits a profile that's become increasingly radicalized on the Internet.

"The al-Qaida movement is becoming more sophisticated about recruiting youth to become independent operators," Stern said. " To make it harder to catch them."

Stern said that it is often a member of the Muslim community who alerts law enforcement to suspected terrorist activity. She expects that there will be more cases like Ferdaus' in the near future.

This program aired on October 3, 2011.


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