Former President George W. Bush, known for his role in the Iraq War, made headlines this month by accidentally referring to the Ukraine war as “a wholly unjustified invasion of Iraq.”
Now, Bush has remained in the headlines… because of an alleged assassination conspiracy by radical Islamic terrorists.
Specifically, the Islamic State has been plotting to assassinate Bush, according to a search warrant application reviewed by Forbes.
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The alleged terrorist was motivated by the decline of Iraq and by the deaths of countless Iraqis, according to the website’s review of the warrant.
The FBI told Forbes that it had discovered the plan by tapping two informants and by monitoring WhatsApp messages.
It proves these agencies can still use old-fashioned policework to locate internet users, even on platforms as cryptic as WhatsApp.
According to NBC, the U.S. Justice Department has already arrested one suspect. However, no one has faced any charges yet, and so Forbes has declined the publish the full warrant.
Rather, Forbes is publishing only snippets of the warrant… and they look shocking.
“The mission will be to locate and conduct surveillance on former president Bush’s residences and/or offices and obtain firearms and vehicles to use in the assassination,” the warrant says.
“Further, [a person whose name was redacted] stated that the best type of vehicle to obtain for use in the mission would be a large van with sliding doors.”
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Bush resides in Dallas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
“We haven’t seen a plot of this scale in a number of years,” Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, told Forbes. “It’s clear this was a sophisticated counterterrorism operation with a lot of moving parts. It was both far reaching and unique in its targeting.”
SBush’s office claims to have already addressed the security concerns.
“President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities,” Freddy Ford, chief of staff for the Office of George W. Bush, told Forbes.
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