My oldest son, Caleb, and I were on Capitol Hill this morning. We met with several Members of Congress who wanted to discuss the threats posed by Radical Islam to the U.S. and our allies; Bible prophecy in light of current events in Israel, Iran and Syria; and how the plots in my novels are paralleling current events. Now we have learned that even as we were discussing such issues, the FBI was arresting a Muslim man plotting a suicide bombing mission in Washington, D.C.
“Authorities have arrested a man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks,” Fox News is reporting. “The man, in his 30s and of Moroccan descent, was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. It’s unclear how the FBI learned of his aspirations, though he came onto the radar screen of law enforcement in early December. The suspect, who has been in the United States for about 12 years but according to one source is not a U.S. citizen, allegedly weighed hitting various targets ranging from a military installation to synagogues before settling on the Capitol. The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda. When he was arrested Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest supposedly packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told. A short time earlier, he had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area. His destination was Capitol Hill.”
In my second novel, The Last Days, U.S. officials are in a feverish hunt for a suicide bomber headed for the nation’s capital. In my fourth novel, The Copper Scroll, a suicide bomber is being hunted in D.C. subway system. Let’s thank the Lord for our law enforcement and intelligence officials who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and prevent the plots of novels from becoming real life tragedies.