A Saudi national, who was arrested in Texas for allegedly plotting to blow up former President George W Bush's house and other targets in America in the name of 'jihad', has pleaded 'not guilty' as details emerged of his passion for violent video games.
Twenty-year-old Aldawsari had revealed in a blog how he loved watching game videos from five titles in the Resident Evil series on YouTube, The New York Post reports.
Aldawsari, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, had also blogged about his love for Sarah Rice Stender, a student who helped teach him English.
The chemical engineering student at Lubbock's South Plains College could be sentenced to life imprisonment and a 250,000 dollars fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, the paper said.
According to an affidavit in the Northern District of Texasm, Aldawarsi, who was legally admitted to the US in 2008 on a student visa, had allegedly spent time doing online research about how to make a chemical-based improvised explosive device (IED).
Some of the research indicated that he though of using dolls to conceal explosives and possible plans to carry a backpack full of explosives into a nightclub.
In his blog, he wrote: "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; 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."
In May 2009, he wrote about his lady love saying: "I met my language partner Sarah Rice Stender and she was nice and pretty, so I like her so much,' 'I am falling in love of her ... she is gorgeous that I can't forget her just right away."
Aldawarsi had allegedly sent a series of emails to himself that contained lists of possible targets including nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, and the names of 12 reservoir dams in California and Colorado, the Justice Department said.
One email with the subject line "Tyrant's House" contained the Dallas address of former President George W. Bush.
His 2009 blog suggested: "Sometimes with all of the work, with the senses, with ambition, emotions, imagination, and everything; you will just be a prisoner of dreams." (ANI)