[Ed. – Hezbollah = Iran, for purposes of terror-attack motive in the United States. Hezbollah scouting for targets in our major, iconic metropolises is Iran doing so. This is the threat to strike directly at the United States that Iran has been making over the last couple of years. Absent a commission from Iran, which undoubtedly carries bribes with it, Hezbollah would much rather just keep exploiting the U.S. for drug-trade revenue and the monetary benefits of smuggling-route access.]
A scout for the militant group Hezbollah was looking at locations for attacks in New York, Boston and Washington and sending target information back to leadership in Lebanon, federal prosecutors said.
They unveiled a nine-count indictment in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday against Alexei Saab of Morristown, New Jersey, who has been in custody since July 9 after being brought in by members of the NYPD and FBI. The government alleges that Saab has been a Hezbollah member since 1996 and has extensive firearms and bomb-making training.
Among Saab’s dozens of alleged New York City targets, prosecutors said, were the George Washington Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Herald Square and the local airports and tunnels.