Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus for providing material support to al-Qaeda after plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with explosives-loaded remote-controlled planes:
"I commend the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for conducting an outstanding months-long investigation resulting in this important arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus today. I have been aware of this investigation, having been briefed over the past several months.
"This is yet another instance of a U.S. citizen planning to commit violent jihad on behalf of al-Qaeda. Hopefully this case serves as a reminder to all Americans that even 10 years after the attacks of 9/11, al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and its adherents remain committed to attacking the U.S. homeland. We must, at the same time, remain constantly vigilant in combating this continuing threat.
"The fact that Ferdaus is a very well-educated physicist should serve as a reminder to us that the threat of Islamic terrorism transcends socioeconomics and does not only emanate from the poor and under-privileged. Ferdaus' arrest also underscores the need to continue efforts to combat domestic radicalization and the evolving threat of "lone wolf' extremists."