A Muslim man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been arrested for planning a mass killing at a local Masonic Hall. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, planned an attack for three people on a Masonic temple, in which he was hoping to kill at least thirty people. He made contact with FBI agents posing as terrorists and their conversations were recorded. Hamzeh wanted three gunmen, one at the entrance and two inside the Masonic Hall, armed with machine guns with silencers min order to kill as many people as possible.
Hamzeh had originally planned to go to Jordan, so that he could kill Israeli soldiers and Jewish civilians. He abandoned that plan because of difficulties which included, family, finances and logistical obstacles. He then began planning the attack on the Masonic temple. Hamzeh and the two agents went to the target range, so he could practice shooting a pistol. Later that day, they visited the Masonic temple to case the joint for the attack. They learned about upcoming meetings and what part of the building those meetings would be taking place in.
Hamzeh then laid out his plans to his two accomplices as related by the Daily Mail:
“As long as the one on the door understands he has bigger responsibility than the others.” For your information, he has to take care of everyone around him, the comers and the one that wants to go, he has to annihilate everyone, there is no one left, I mean when we go into a room, we will be killing everyone, that’s it, this is our duty, as for the one at the door, he must have 20/20 eye vision and always alert for all the traffic around him.’
“We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion, we are on our own, my dear, we have organized our own group.”
“We have our own group, not with Hamas, not with my a*s, we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that’s it, that is what our intention is.”
“If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100 per cent… Because these 30 will terrify the world.”
“I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world.”
“Sure, all over the world, all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us.”
Earlier in January, Hamzeh bought two guns and one silencer from FBI agents. After he placed the weapons in his trunk, he was arrested and taken into custody.