FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman's Office

December 13, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times


On December 13, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "JDL Leader Accused in Mosque Bomb Plot." The article explained, "The volatile chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League and another of the group's top officials faced federal charges Wednesday of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles area mosque and an office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)." The article continued, "Rubin, long seen as an isolated extremist by mainstream Jewish leaders, and Krugel were charged with conspiracy to destroy a building by means of an explosive, which carries a maximum five-year sentence, and possession of a destructive device related to a crime of violence, which carries a mandatory 30-year sentence." It noted, "Usman Mahda, community liaison for King Fahd Mosque, said he was shocked by the alleged plot, which comes during Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. 'There would have been hundreds and hundreds of people [there] . . . mostly American citizens,' Mahda said. 'It is scary. It's sad and it's disgusting. No Muslims, Jews or Christians should suffer like that.'"