* Referred to Bush's home as "Tyrant's House"
* Said it was time for "Jihad" in journal entry
By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A Saudi citizen was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to build a bomb and considering possible targets including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
Khalid Aldawsari, 22, who was in the United States legally as a student at South Plain College near Lubbock, Texas, was convicted in June of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
U.S. District Judge Donald Walter sentenced him to life in prison at a hearing in federal court in Amarillo, Texas.
"Khalid Aldawsari came to this country intent on carrying out an attack," Lisa Monaco, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement. "Thanks to the hard work of agents, analysts, and prosecutors, his plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed ... ."
Aldawsari tried to order phenol from a North Carolina company over the Internet, a chemical that can be used in explosives, according to an FBI affidavit. The company reported what it called a suspicious attempted purchase to the FBI.
Authorities found chemicals and electrical components in a search of his apartment, and a notebook in which Aldawsari indicated he had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years, the FBI affidavit said.
Potential targets he listed in emails sent to himself included hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, reservoirs in Colorado and California, and Bush's home, which he referred to as "Tyrant's House."
Aldawsari wrote in one journal entry, "And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad," authorities said.
The FBI said Aldawsari did Internet searches that suggested he was considering concealing explosives in infant dolls or targeting a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.
He bought other ingredients needed to make an explosive device as well as a soldering kit, glass beakers and flasks and emailed himself instructions for turning a cell phone into a remote detonator, authorities said.
He also wrote in his notebooks about the steps needed to stage a bombing, including renting cars using different driver's licenses, setting up a remote detonation and planning a safe exit, the FBI said. (Editing by David Bailey and Xavier Briand)