Kansas City man suspected in New York terror plot

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  The name of a Kansas City man came up in a House Intelligence hearing on Tuesday. FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce named Khalid Ouazanni as a suspect in a terror plot thwarted by secret surveillance.

Ouazzani pleaded guilty in 2010 in federal court to funneling hundred of thousands of dollars to AL-Qaeda.

"NSA, utilizing 702 authority, was monitoring a known extremist in Yemen," Joyce said. "This individual was in contact with an individual in the United States named Khalid Ouazzani."

Court documents filed in New York list a person named "CW" or cooperating witness. FOX 4 has confirmed with the Western District of the U.S. Attorney's Office that "CW" is Ouazanni.

The documents said Ouazanni was working closely with New York man Sabirhan Hasanoff, who has also been charged with helping the terrorist group also. Joyce said Ouazanni supported Hasanoff and other men overseas as they developed plans to  bomb the New York Stock Exchange building.

Former FBI agent Michael Tabman said he believes the FBI is using this case as an example of how the National Security Administration's surveillance program is working. Tabman said this is because of what former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed, saying the NSA was spying on Americans.

"There wouldn't be any need to take this one person and highlight it," Tabman said. "But again, I think they felt the need to prove the worth of this program, given that it's under some scrutiny and some concerns by the citizens."

But Ouazanni's attorney, Robin Fowler, denies his client's role in the thwarted bomb plot, saying, "Khalid had nothing to do with any plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange."

Ouazanni's sentencing date is scheduled for July 25. He faces up to 65 years in federal prison.

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