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Lubbock terror suspect put on notice, use of FISA

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A terror suspect arrested last week in Lubbock has been put on notice that federal prosecutors plan to use both physical and electronic surveillance of him under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 or FISA for short.  Khalid Aldawsari, 20, is held without bond in the Lubbock County Jail until a March 11th court date.  He is charged with Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Court records say Aldawsari was using Lubbock as a base of operation to attack nuclear power plants, hydro-electric dams, and the home of former President George W. Bush.  Aldawsari started his time in Lubbock in December 2008 as a Texas Tech student.  More recently he transferred to South Plains College. 

Court records also say Aldawsari had acquired dangerous chemicals which could be used to make a bomb.

FISA allows government officials keep tabs on someone or something without having to first get a search warrant.  FISA was written to protect the U.S. from sabotage or terrorist attacks.

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