Take Two for February 1, 2013

Mohamed Mohamud found guilty of terrorist plot

Oregon Car Bomb Plot

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In this Nov. 27, 2010 file photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is Mohamed Mohamud. For more than two years, the only image the public has had of the man accused of plotting to detonate an 1,800-pound bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is this: A sullen-faced, sunken-eyed terrorism suspect in a mug shot taken just hours after his arrest. At the trial that begins Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, Mohamud's attorneys will attempt to present a different image, one of an impressionable teenager lured by undercover agents with the FBI, which snared one of its youngest terrorism suspects with his arrest in November 2010.

Yesterday, a jury in Oregon found Mohamed Mohamud guilty of trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. The 21-year-old Somali-American was arrested in November 2010 when he tried to set off what he believed to be a bomb at a popular tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Square.

The bomb was a fake, given to him by undercover FBI agents who were running a terrorist sting operation. Mohamud will be sentenced in May and could face life in prison.

April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting joins the show to tell us about the verdict.


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