A Saudi national who was arrested for plotting to "blow up" former President George W. Bush’s Texas home and other targets in America has been connected ever so slightly to violent video games – particularly the Resident Evil series from Capcom. The 20-year-old chemical engineering student at Lubbock’s South Plains College, described by authorities as a "jihadist" plead not guilty to charges last Wednesday in a Texas federal court. The charge was attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. According to an affidavit in the Northern District of Texas, Aldawarsi, who was came to the US in 2008 on a student visa, had allegedly researched how to make a chemical-based, improvised explosive device (IED) online.
The New York Post reports that enjoyed watching game videos from five titles in the Resident Evil series on YouTube – information the paper found while sifting through his blog.
"Finished watching the Resident Evil Remake game on youtube today and I am glad to watch it because I like the Resident Evil games and this is not my first time to watch the gameplay on youtube," he wrote on his blog. "..in addition to Resident Evil Remake, I watched Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and I am now watching Resident Evil Code Veronica."
The Justice Department alleges that Aldawarsi sent a series of emails to himself containing lists of targets including nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, and 12 reservoir dams in California and Colorado. One email with the subject "Tyrant’s House" contained the Dallas, Texas address of former President George W. Bush.
The Justice Department also alleges that Aldawarsi would deploy these homemade IED’s using dolls to conceal explosives, and another plan to carry a backpack full of explosives into a nightclub.
If convicted Aldawsari could be sentenced to life in prison and $250,000 for the charge.