Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Authorities say he wanted to blow up Pentagon, U.S. Capitol

Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 7:14 PM EDT
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Plot to Attack Pentagon, Capitol

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The Massachusetts man accused of planning to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote control model planes carrying bombs appeared in court Monday.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, of Ashland, was arraigned on six charges relating to plotting terror attacks. He pleaded not guilty.

The suspect was arrested in an FBI sting last week. He planned to bomb the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using model airplanes carrying C-4 explosivesm, authorities said.

He thought he was dealing with al-Qaida, officials said.  During the sting, the FBI supplied Ferdaus with both the explosives and the money to buy them.

"This case was orchestrated and facilitated by the government," said his attorney, Catherine Byrne.

A bond hearing has been delayed for several weeks at the request of his attorney.

Ferdaus faces up to 100 years in prison on the terror charges.

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