This editorial appeared in Tuesday’s print edition.
Look carefully at the booking photo of 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud. It’s the face of what many counterterrorism experts consider to be the greatest potential threat to Americans’ safety: the homegrown radical.
Mohamud, a naturalized American citizen whose family came to the United States from Somalia when he was 5, has been indicted on federal charges in connection with an alleged plot to detonate a car bomb in downtown Portland on Friday during that city’s Christmas tree-lighting celebration.
His goal, according to authorities: Kill as many people as possible – including children. Security was of little concern to him. He reportedly said, “They don’t see it as a place where anything will happen. … It’s on the West Coast, it’s in Oregon, and Oregon’s like you know, nobody ever thinks about it.”
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