This week is the opening Federal trial of a New Jersey man accused of working for terrorists as a spy in the United States.
Alexei Saab, 45, of Morristown, NJ., was a computer software developer as well as a highly trained spy for Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization. He became a U.S. citizen, and fit the mold of a hard working American living a supposed normal life. Yet, by night, he was “a terrorist and spy” scoping out potential terrorism targets in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and abroad in France, Turkey and the Czech Republic, prosecutors said in their opening remarks on Monday. He scoped out targets at all 3 New York area airports and was planning an attack, in the event that Iran was attacked by the U.S. His suspicious activities began in 2000 and continued until 2005.
He was on the FBI radar and was questioned several times in 2019 before finally being arrested.
In court documents, investigators said Saab told agents he took photographs of buildings and locations including Quincy Market and the Prudential Center in Boston and the Capitol Building, Congress and the White House in Washington, D.C. A video of Fenway Park was recovered from one of Saab’s electronic devices.
Prosecutors also noted that, while overseas, Saab tried to kill a man he later understood to be a suspected Israeli spy by pointing a weapon at the individual at close range, but the firearm jammed.
Saab also faces marriage fraud charges in his attempt to become a citizen. Saab has pleaded not guilty to charges including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy, receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization, unlawful procurement of citizenship to facilitate international terrorism and citizenship application fraud.
He faces up to over 100 years in prison, if convicted of terrorism related charges.