October 19, 2012, - 6:21 pm

Leon Traille: Mysterious Terrorist Who Bombed DC Area Mall is “Homeless” Tech Expert

By Debbie Schlussel

Leon Alphonse Traille, Jr. tried to bomb the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, yesterday. He had four explosive devices. And the more I read about him the more I think the life does, indeed, imitate art. In the first season of Showtime’s “Homeland,” an Islamic terrorist is living and posing as a homeless man (he’s actually a former U.S. Marine believed to be dead). And Traille, who tried to set off four explosive devices today, is “homeless,” according to authorities who say he has no address. That’s despite the fact that he worked as a software engineer for some of the top media and tech companies, including Bloomberg and Intel. And you can’t help but notice that the once shaven Traille now sports a beard, like many Muslims do when they commit violent jihad. Did Traille convert to Islam? Why did he try to bomb a shopping mall? And why–given his tech expertise–were his bombs so crude and ineffective? A lot of questions.


Leon Traille: From Intel Software Engineer to Terrorist Mugshot

Video of Leon Traille being captured by police at the mall . . .

While some may dismiss Traille as a crazy homeless man, it would be a mistake to do that. Jihadists deliberately recruit mentally unstable people, so that if they are caught, they can be dismissed as “just a crazy guy.” It’s in the Al-Qaeda playbook that authorities found after 9/11 in one of the hijackers’ cars parked at the airport. There’s something very weird here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if life imitates art. The FBI counter-terrorist team is working this case for a reason. You don’t bring four explosive devices to a mall just ‘cuz your “a crazy homeless guy.” Something more is going on. Bet on it. Look at Leon Traille’s LinkedIn page, which I’ve copied and posted below in case it soon “disappears.” As you can see, he’s no dummy. He’s a software engineer with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Does that sound like a “crazy homeless guy” to you. Or crazy like a fox? I vote the latter. Maybe it was a test to see what would happen if a mall in suburban Washington was bombed and how authorities would react to it. Had the explosives been good explosives, a lot of people would have been hurt before police arrived with guns and cuffed him.

Authorities released the mug shot of the man accused of throwing a lit Molotov cocktail inside a Washington D.C. area mall.

Police say Leon Traille, Jr. threw the bomb into the food court of a mall in Arlington, Virginia Thursday.

The bottle did not explode and no one was hurt.

The mall was closed and after a three-hour search, Traille was arrested and questioned by the FBI and other federal authorities.

Police later found three more Molotov cocktails inside the mall.

Charges include reckless endangerment and use of a fire bomb. He also faces a federal arson charge.

Traille was expected to make two court appearances Friday.

There’s no word yet on the motive.

What do you think is going on here?

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23 Responses

Rule out a cnxcn to “local” news?

shabbos on October 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

He likely drew the attention of US spooks if he was such a computer whiz, and then they recruited him to do some bombing so they can justify spying on all of us.

David Lanham on October 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    @David, keep watching “homeland” and ask mom for another roast beef sandwich.

    samurai on October 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I don’t watch those shows.

      David Lanham on October 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Water board, then ship him out to a former soviet bloc country for intel, then dispose of garbage. Wonder how many of these Ft. Hood jobs we are going to wait around for trials for after the election. Civil trials??? Another good weakness of this administration to expose. They keep coming.

samurai on October 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm

It sounds like Traille was probing for a soft target. The shopping mall was probably a feasibility test. If there were a major detonation during a crowded holiday shopping day, the carnage could be horrific.

Worry01 on October 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

The CIA is always looking for people like him, computer pros, they most likely approached him, they find out he’s a loon, ranting about the US or whatever, next thing you know, a smart guy like him is throwing half-azz bombs around. Gee, i wonder where he got an idea like that. And who benefits, the CIA, NSA get to go ask congress for more money for drones and giant data centers or whatever else they’re going to do to us.

David Lanham on October 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

The tech degree from Georgia doesn’t mean much since he could have benefited from a quota system and that would be consistent with lacking real-world skills at being able to build an effective device without others to prop his work up or correct his mistakes as happens in so many affirmative action “successes”.

Nonetheless, an education or intelligence wouldn’t preclude him from having mental instability (like that movie theater shooter) and made him an attractive recruit for al-quaeda.

DS_ROCKS! on October 20, 2012 at 2:57 am

Well BHO can say still say there have been no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil under his watch.


Road Warrior on October 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

Given the relatively high number of military personnel who frequent Ballston, he was probably also hoping to kill some of them in a place where normal military security would be absent.

Little Al on October 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

As a “research scientist” he did: “Software development of a secure web application for government agencies”

Wonder what agency is using the app these days? And, what jihadi band is getting intel from it?

Bottom Gun on October 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

I remember when I worked for Fairfax County government in permits that my supervisor was telling how Tyson’s Galleria at Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia is a dangerous firetrap because of a flawed design and flammable materials, and the European company financing it through corruption had gotten it approved by the County, though many were opposed. The supervisor said if there were ever a fire at Tysons Galleria, it would cause a huge number of fatalities and that she would never set foot in it.

There are so many Muslims in Northern Virginia working for the County, so I am sure some of them have heard that as well.

Maybe it was a test run by a Muslim for preparations for bombing Tysons Galleria to cause a fire.

JM on October 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

I have often wondered why this type of attack hasn’t been tried sooner and more frequently. Locations like malls are target-rich and difficult to defend.

You can’t require people entering malls to be strip-searched because they won’t come if you do.

I have avoided malls for years because of this kind of threat and only recently started visiting malls again since it appeared that attacks were not likely.

I agree something smells here and wonder if the authorities will ever disclose the whole truth of this incident.

WarEagle82 on October 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    No, but you can have metal detectors, armed guards and if necessary, dogs and wanding at the entrances like we do here.

    Italkit on October 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

    No, but you can have metal detectors, armed guards and if necessary wand people who set off the alarm and have dogs for non-metallic explosives like we do here. Not every place has dogs but the other things, yes.

    Italkit on October 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

You had me @ the great point of him sporting a shaggy beard.

I smell Islam!

Skunky on October 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

GTRI? Arlington? Booz Allen Hamilton?

Luv ya Debbie and you don’t often miss the boat completely, but can you say CIA?

GTRI, Arlington, Booz Allen Hamilton ARE CIA.

Not me on October 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I should further add the résumé is complete bullshit. I could tear it apart a hundred different ways.

You say “There’s something very weird here…” and indeed there is…he’s currently an “independent contractor” OOOoops, did I say that out loud? I meant “independent consultant” all right…

Those Forever Beholden to Islam will get nothing; this is a CIA job.

Not me on October 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

The shaggy fullneck beard was clue #1. Here is clue #2:

Tre Johnson told Patch that he was eating in the food court when he saw someone on a floor above him — perhaps the second or third floor.

“He yelled something and threw something,” Johnson told Patch. “I don’t know what he said. It sounded like some weird language.”

JGlanton on October 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

Just a thought — Ballston Mall is one of about half-dozen locations nationwide where Hating Breitbart was premiering that day. I took off work early to see it, but changed my mind thinking that a deranged lefty might do something stupid.

AJ on October 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I studied aerospace engineering in college and had roomates and friends mostly doing various other engineering degrees. Quota and Affirmative Action does not work in engineering. It could result in collapsed bridge or a building. Most of the professors in the department of engineering were from Russia, India, China, Japan, Israel. These guys are hard-asses and they don’t play. So it is even in the field of software engineering. Notice that his first degree is Bachelor of Science in Computer Science instead of Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. In BSc you study the whole kaboodle that makes the computer. In Bachelor of Arts you learn/study software programming. It is not easy to get into a MSc program at GIT. You have to go through a major vetting process. This dude is smart. Very smart. I don’t understand why he did only short stints ate all his jobs. My friends who have MSc in Comp. Sci are millionaires or thereabout. This is very strange indeed.

Rex on October 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

This is a topic that is close to my heart… Cheers!
Exactly where are your contact details though?

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