Ahmed Ressam (Arabic: احمد رسام; also Benni Noris or the Millennium Bomber; born May 19, 1967(1967-05-19)) was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve 1999.
Ressam was born in Algeria. He entered Canada in 1994 with a forged French passport. When immigration officials at the Montreal airport questioned him, he applied for political asylum, claiming persecution in Algeria. After settling in Montreal, he became a small-time criminal. At some point, he was recruited into al-Qaeda. After not attending his hearing for political asylum, his application for refugee status was denied and a warrant issued for his arrest. He evaded deportation by obtaining a passport using a false name, "Benni Noris."
After allegedly speaking to Muezzin Raouf Hannachi, Ressam used the false passport to travel to the Khalden training camp in Afghanistan in 1998 along with his roommate Mustapha Labsi.