Faris, an Ohio truckdriver accused of plotting a terror attack on
New York City's Brooklyn Bridge, has agreed to plead guilty to providing
material support to a terrorist organization, Attorney General John
Ashcroft announced June 19.
said Faris "appeared to be a hard-working truckdriver,"
but traveled to Pakistan, met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan,
and "joined al Qaeda's jihad against America."
the plea agreement, Faris also will plead guilty to one count of
conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization,
according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria,
charges together carry as much as 20 years in prison and up to $500,000
Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is in U.S. custody, has
told interrogators Faris was ordered to perform surveillance of
the Brooklyn Bridge with the goal of cutting its cables, sources
said Faris scouted potential terror targets from April 2002 to March
2003, and said he had provided al Qaeda with research on ultralight
airplanes in early 2001. Ashcroft also said Faris gave al Qaeda
material support, including "dealings involving cash, thousands
of sleeping bags, plane tickets and cell phones."
was also allegedly involved in a plot to drive a truck loaded with
explosives onto an airport tarmac to blow up a plane, sources told