“At the core of those 10 blocks, the evidence demands that Mr. Aldawsari is guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction,” he said.
U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter ruled last week that prosecutors can use footage from videos found on Aldawsari’s computer, including one in which Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida’s current leader, praises as martyrs two unspecified individuals killed by “American Crusaders.” Two instructional videos that he also allowed show how to prepare the explosive picric acid and how to use a cellphone as a remote detonator.
FBI bomb experts said they believe Aldawsari had sufficient components to produce almost 15 pounds of explosive — about the same amount used per bomb in the London subway attacks that killed scores of people in July 2005.
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