Suspected Hezbollah spy scouted targets in New York, other major cities: prosecutors

Fox News | 9/19/2019 | Melissa Leon
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Former CIA operative Mike Baker weighs in on charges brought against a New Jersey man for allegedly participating in terrorist activities on behalf of Hezbollah.

A New Jersey man is accused of being a secret Hezbollah operative in the United States for more than a decade, surveilling potential attack sites in New York City, Boston and Washington, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Alexei Saab, 42, from Morristown, was charged under a nine-count indictment in connection with a range of alleged terror activities. They included providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO) and receiving military-style training from that group, the Justice Department said.

“Even though Saab was a naturalized American citizen, his true allegiance was to Hezbollah, the terrorist organization responsible for decades of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds, including U.S. citizens and military personnel,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. “Thankfully, Saab is now in federal custody and faces significant prison time for his alleged crimes.”

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Saab allegedly surveilled dozens of locations throughout New York City, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and United Nations headquarters, prosecutors said.

He also scouted various bridges, tunnels and airports, specifically focusing on “the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction,” the Justice Department said.

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Court documents show that Saab allegedly took photos of various...
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