NEW YORK (PIX11) — When congressional testimony revealed Tuesday that a man named Khalid Ouazzani was linked to an Al Qaeda plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, PIX11 quickly started researching his background. It turns out the one-time Kansas City resident—born in Morocco—was once an “auto parts” dealer who sold used cars on the side.
Ouazzani became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006, but the government charged between 2007 and 2008, he was funneling money to Al Qaeda. In 2010, Ouazzani plead guilty in federal court in Missouri to providing “material support” for the terror organization, admitting he sent $23,000 overseas to the cause. Ouazzani faces up to 65 years in prison, when he’s sentenced.
When FBI deputy director Sean Joyce publicly mentioned Ouazzani during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, Ouazzani’s lawyers denied he had anything to do with a plot against the New York Stock Exchange. But Joyce said through NSA monitoring of communications between Ouazzani, a person in New York, and a subject overseas in Yemen, we “were able to detect a nascent plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.”
Joyce also testified at length about a 2009 plot by three, different men to bomb New York City subways, a conspiracy that was picked up on monitored, e-mail communication between Pakistan and a suspect in Queens.