At a darkened train station, the teenager and the purported jihadi pulled into a quiet lot where months of planning were to culminate in this: a plot to kill thousands at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.”You know what to do,” the man said to the teenager, breathing heavily. “O Lord, O Lord, O Lord.””Ready,” the teenager said. “Alhamdulillah.” Praise be to God.
They were 14 blocks northeast of this citys busy tree-lighting ceremony two years ago on Nov. 26, 2010. On Friday, they found themselves across a federal courtroom from each other where the man — who Mohamed Mohamud would learn was an undercover FBI agent — testified against the now 21-year-old and a jury listened to a recording of the moments leading up to his arrest.