Mass. man pleads guilty in plot to blow up Pentagon, Capitol

Ferdaus agreed to a recommended sentence of 17 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the DOJ. As part of the plea deal, the government dismissed several other charges against him.

Ferdaus was arrested in an FBI sting operation in September 2011 for attempting to blow up the Capitol and Pentagon by using explosives on a model airplane.

He gave undercover federal agents step-by-step plans for how he would use remote-controlled aircraft packed with C-4 explosives to fly into the Capitol and Pentagon.

The DOJ said Ferdaus plots revolved around “jihad” against the United States.

“With the goal of terrorizing the United States, decapitating its ‘military center,’ and killing as many ‘kafirs’ (an Arabic term meaning non-believers) as possible, Ferdaus extensively planned and took substantial steps to bomb the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol,” the DOJ said after the plea agreement was reached.

Ferdaus’s sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 1, according to the AP.