FBI: Kansas City man had ties to NYSE bomb plot

Kansas City, Mo. - A Kansas City man was involved in a plan to attack the New York Stock Exchange.

On Tuesday, the FBI's deputy director Sean Joyce testified that the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled about 50 terrorists plots since September 11 worldwide, some plots planned for US soil.

Joyce testified a plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange involved a Kansas City man.    

A former Kansas City car parts business owner, Khalid Ouazzani, is imprisoned and awaiting a July sentencing for bank fraud and overseas money laundering.

In 2010, Ouazzani, pleaded guilty to funneling thousands of dollars to the terrorist organization, Al Qaida.

The U.S Attorney's office said Ouazzani sold his Kansas City car parts business and over-inflated loans with the intent to collect cash to send overseas to Al Qaida.

He will be sentenced for those actions in July.

The United States Attorney's office said Ouazzani has been imprisoned ever since he was indicted and has been cooperating with the federal government about the details of more terrorist involvement.

In Washington, on Tuesday, the FBI's Joyce testified that government snooping - using phone records and tracking internet data aimed at foreigners - had averted the terrorist plot directed at the New York Stock Exchange.

Joyce testified the National Security Administration identified an extremist in Yemen who was in touch with Ouazzani in Kansas City.

He said the secret data allowed them to identify co-conspirators and avert the bomb plot.

In charging documents, obtained by 41 Action News, it says Ouazzani sent a "self proclaimed career jihadist" money.

It also said the Kansas City man was solicited by the principal plotter for "the purposes of supporting terrorist causes" and that Ouazzani had "aspired to support violent extremist Islamic causes since at least 2003".

This, while Ouazzani, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Morocco, had lived in Kansas City with a wife and two children.

In 2010, we spoke with someone who lived near the family.

His south Kansas City neighbor, Rebecca Nichols, reacted to Ouazzani's arrest with surprise, "I was just really surprised that someone would make that kind of switch of allegiance of striving so hard to become a naturalized citizen to support Al Qaida."

The U.S. attorney said the 35-year-old not only raised U.S. dollars to support his terrorist actions, but that he had also applied for public assistance, Medicaid and food stamps; claiming to be penniless.
      
Ouazzani faces up to 65 years in federal prison for bank fraud.

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