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FBI: Terror suspect planned July 4th attack
The FBI announcing Monday the arrest of a man it says plotted an attack on downtown Cleveland, Ohio during the city's Independence Day celebrations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) (US ATTY JUSTIN HERDMAN, saying) "He wanted us to be afraid to speak our minds. He also wanted us to be afraid to gather together in public places." Demetrius Nathanial Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested Sunday morning. The 48-year old Ohio native is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. That organization - Al-Qaeda. Officials describe a heinous plan aimed at Fourth of July revelers, and even children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) (US ATTY JUSTIN HERDMAN, saying) "He looked for locations to park a van that would be packed with explosives, He talked about taking targets like St. John's cathedral off the map. And just yesterday, he discussed giving remote-controlled cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to the children of our military uniformed members." Pitts has a long criminal history including assault, domestic violence, and carrying a concealed weapon according to the FBI, and agents say his intent was clear. (SOUNDBITE) (English) (FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony, saying) "Mr. Pitts is a United States citizen, radicalized in the United States, planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States." When asked about the destruction he would cause, Pitts reportedly told officers, "I don't care," and "I have no regrets." Cleveland's fourth of July celebration will go on as planned.
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