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Ashland Man Accused Of Terrorist Plot Faces Court Hearing

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A detention hearing is scheduled to resume in Worcester Monday for alleged would-be terrorist Rezwan Ferdaus, the Ashland man accused of planning to fly remote controlled planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol building.

Monday's hearing continues from Nov. 4, when the government pulled out the stops to show that Ferdaus is too dangerous to let out on bail awaiting trial.

The federal prosecutor led Brandon Davis, a supervisory agent with the FBI, through a presentation of photographs, audio and video tapes, and testimony to show that Ferdaus, a 26-year-old graduate of Northeastern University, was actively attempting to engage in violent jihad against the United States.

Ferdaus referred to the U.S. as "the snake," according to the FBI agent. And the most audacious, headline grabbing part of his plan to "cut the head, heart and tail out of the snake," was to put explosives on miniature planes that he would fly into the Pentagon and Capitol by remote control.

WBUR's David Boeri joined Morning Edition Monday to preview the hearing, which follows a contentious first day.

This program aired on November 14, 2011.

David Boeri Senior Reporter
Now retired, David Boeri was a senior reporter at WBUR.



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