I'm all for stopping terrorist plots in the early stages. However, stories like this make me wonder:
Both men developed contacts with other supporters of jihad, traveling to Toronto, Canada, and made video clips of "potential terrorist targets" in Washington including the Capitol building, the indictment said.
"Ahmed, Sadequee and another person known to the Grand Jury engaged in physical and rudimentary paramilitary training including activities with paintball guns in northwestern Georgia," said the indictment filed at Atlanta district court.
It said Ahmed traveled to Pakistan to get paramilitary and religious training with the aim of fighting in, while Sadequee went to Bangladesh in part to support jihad.
I certainly hope there's more "there" there. Unless we've got them for more than this, I have trouble seeing how the charges are going to stick. While it certainly sounds like these guys were up to no good, I'm not sure there's enough of an overt act here to justify the arrest.
My fear that the charges won't stick isn't my only concern. As the government begins pre-empting conspiracies earlier and earlier, don't we risk picking up people who weren't actually planning anything at all?