He was unknowingly part of a sting operation, the Justice Department said. Though Ferdaus believed he was collaborating directly with representatives of the terrorist organization al-Qaida, he was actually working with undercover FBI operatives who had been monitoring him since 2010.
A hearing to formally recognize the plea agreement is scheduled for July 20.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.