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Four arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets
05-21-2009, 03:02 PM,
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Four arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets
Four arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets
Authorities: Suspects were under heavy surveillance, dealt with informant

NBC News and news services
updated 1 hour, 6 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Four men arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near a synagogue and community center and plotting to shoot down a military plane were bent on carrying out a jihad against America, authorities said Thursday.

The suspects were arrested Wednesday night, shortly after planting a mock explosive device in the trunk of a car outside the Riverdale Temple and two mock bombs in the backseat of a car outside the Jewish Center, authorities said.

At a news conference outside the Bronx temple, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly quoted one of the men as saying, "If Jews were killed in this attack ... that would be all right."

Authorities said the four men have long been under investigation and there was little danger they could actually have carried out their plan, NBC News' Pete Williams reported.

James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, N.Y., about 70 miles north of New York City, were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, the U.S. attorney's office said.

The men, described as Black Muslims, had planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives outside a temple in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale and to shoot military planes at the New York Air National Guard base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles, authorities said.

The defendants planned to "destroy a synagogue and a Jewish community center with C-4 plastic explosives," Acting U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin said.

The religious targets were the Riverdale Temple, founded in 1947, and the Riverdale Jewish Center, authorities said.

Defendants dealt with informant
In their efforts to acquire weapons, the defendants dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants, a federal complaint said.

The investigation had been under way for about a year.

"They never got anywhere close to being able to do anything," one official told NBC News. "Still, it's good to have guys like this off the street."

In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said.

Cromitie also expressed an interest in doing "something to America," they said in the complaint.

In October 2008, the informant began meeting with the defendants at a Newburgh house equipped with concealed video and audio equipment, the complaint said.

Beginning in April 2009, the four men selected the synagogue and the community center they intended to hit, it said. They also conducted surveillance of military planes at the Air National Guard Base, it said.

Rep. Peter King, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests.

"This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists," said King, of New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said if there can be any good news out of this case it's that "the group was relatively unsophisticated, penetrated early and not connected to any outside group."

Due in court Thursday
The defendants, all arrested in New York City, were expected to appear in federal court in suburban White Plains on Thursday.

They were jailed Wednesday night and couldn't be contacted for comment. The FBI didn't immediately return a telephone message Wednesday night seeking information on whether the men had lawyers.

Two years ago, two Muslims pleaded guilty to plotting to attack synagogues in Los Angeles. But officials said that they knew of no connection between those arrests and this latest plot in New York.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30856404/ns/us_news-security
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05-26-2009, 07:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-26-2009, 07:16 PM by SiLVa.)
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Four arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets


FBI was putting this guy to use in 2002 as well...

Quote:INFORMANT FINGERED $$ LAUNDER DUO

The FBI informant in the Bronx synagogue terror plot helped convict two Albany Muslims on terror-related money-laundering charges three years ago.

Shahed Hussain, 52, an upstate motel owner, turned informant in 2002 after being busted on fraud charges while working as a translator for the Department of Motor Vehicles. The man, who had helped immigrants cheat on driver's tests, began cooperating with the FBI in a bid to win leniency in court and avoid deportation to Pakistan.

The informant then posed as an arms buyer who needed to launder money from the sale of a shoulder-launched missile to be used to kill a Pakistani envoy. His act duped Albany pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain into laundering cash for him, while Yassin Aref, an Albany imam, acted as a witness.

Hossain and Aref were convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Several of the informant's tenants told The Post that he claims to be a "spy" for the FBI, and that he "blew out of here Tuesday night." One tenant said the cooperator was on the telephone "a few weeks back . . . telling somebody about buying guns."

Aref's lawyer, Terence Kindlon, called the informant "a liar and a sneak and a trickster."

Hossain's lawyer, Kevin Luibrand, said the informant "completely lied" to his FBI handlers about information in the Albany case.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05222009/news/..._duo_170475.htm
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05-26-2009, 07:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-26-2009, 07:26 PM by SiLVa.)
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Quote:'JIHAD' GIRLFRIENDS: FBI SNITCH USED GIFTS TO TRICK OUR MEN

A slick FBI informant roped four Muslim converts into a horrific terror plot to blow up synagogues and military jets by handing them piles of cash and gifts and even bags of weed, relatives of the suspects said today.

"Brother whatever you need, I will get it for you," said the man who the four petty thieves knew as Maqsood, according to Kathleen Baynes, whose long-time boyfriend, James Cromitie is alleged to be the ringleader of the plot.

She said Cromitie, 45, met Maqsood at the Masjid al-Ikhlas mosque about a year ago and promised to teach him the truth about Islam.

The man soon was coming by their apartment with increasing frequency and was always flush with cash.

"He was very persistent and every time he came for James he took him away. They said they were going out to eat dinner," she said. "Whenever we needed anything Maqsood would help -- like financially --he gave us money to pay rent.

"He was just constantly around. It was like he was stalking him."

Co-conspirator David Williams's girlfriend Cassandra McKoy insists the men were duped into the plot with the lure of a cash payday and that religious hatred had nothing to do with it.

"They aren't radicals they were just financially motivated. They aren't terrorists. If Maqsood wasn't in the picture they would've never come up with this idea," she said. "This was not their idea. They make it sound like they sought him out and said we want to do this when he's the one who approached them. He enticed them with money.

"Maqsood wasn't even allowed inside the mosque, he waited in the parking lot for them and offered them $25,000 to join."

Sources say Maqsood was really Shahed Hussain -- a Pakistani native who runs hotels upstate and has worked for the FBI since 2003 after getting into trouble in a fraud case. He played an integral role in unraveling another terror-related case in Albany in 2004.

Baynes, 42, dated Cromitie -- a career criminal who has been in jail more than 20 times -- for six years. She said he converted to Islam during his last prison stint but wasn't serious.

"James is a wannabe Muslim. He wasn't real Muslin. He never prayed," she said.

But during the course of the year, Maqsood kept trying to steer Cromitie down a path to jihad - giving him religious pamphlets, clothing and prayer rugs. In the end, it seemed that cash and gifts worked better.

She said Maqsood promised to get Cromitie jobs and once said he'd give him a black Mercedes Benz. On repeated occasions he gave Cromitie cameras, cash and even drugs.

"Maqsood gave him a lot of marijuana," she said.

An FBI spokesman did not return a call for comment on the gift giving.

Williams' mother, Elizabeth McWilliams, said her son fell under Maqsood's sway in April with promises to help with medical bills for his sick brother.

"Maqsood said 'Don't worry brother, I am going to help with your brother's hospital bills,'" she quoted him as saying. "This man did nothing but set these guys up."

Baynes said she never trusted Maqsood's intentions and that the imam at the mosque warned James to stay away from the interloper.

"James told me that the Imam said to be careful because this man is trying to recruit people to go to Pakistan," she said. "James said he was not that crazy to do something like that."

As Wednesday's attack neared, Baynes said Cromitie's mood changed.

"Lately James hasn't been the same. He was just acting different," she said. "All he would do all day is smoke weed and play video games with his friends [co-conspirators Williams, Laguerre Payen and Onta Williams]."

On the day of the attack, she said the men gathered and that Maqsood "looked real nervous."

"He was standing by the car twitching," she said.

Then, as they were about to leave, Cromitie kissed her on the cheek and promised, "Soon we are going to be all right," she said. "I guess he meant financially he meant that we were going to be okay."

She said a friend told her James had said he was going to be getting $50,000.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05232009/news/...0683.htm?page=0
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05-26-2009, 07:32 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-26-2009, 07:35 PM by SiLVa.)
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Four arrested in plot to bomb NYC targets
Quote:FBI stops supposed "Temple Plot" in New York City

Last week, four men from Newburgh, New York were arrested in what the FBI says was a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes with Stinger missiles. The Muslim men had planted the bombs outside the Riverdale Temple and the Riverdale Jewish Center, but didn’t know that they were fake explosives given to them by an FBI informant.

Some are claiming that this "foiled plot"is another example of why we need surveillance and warrantless wiretaps to "protect" us from terrorist attacks and a supposed reminder of the constant “threat” that terrorism continues to pose. Here's Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, doing his best to scare every New Yorker he can:

"This latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism,"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a statement.

Bloomberg also awarded honorary certificates to more than 100 officers from the FBI, NYPD, and state police just two days after.

What is most interesting about this is not that we were protected from a supposed terrorist attack, but that the whole "plot"was invented by an FBI informant:

"The defendants, in their efforts to acquire weapons, dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants, a federal complaint said.

In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said."


Did you catch the last sentence? He was upset that his fellow Muslims was being mercilessly bombed, and when tricked into retaliating, he and his three accomplices were arrested. They did not "hate our liberties," as nearly every media mouthpiece recites ad nauseum, they hated the fact the U.S. is brutally occupying and pummeling two-and-a-half Muslim countries. This is just another example of how our global empire*, with over 800 bases in over 120 countries with soldiers ready to be deployed, creates a lot of backlash, and in the Middle Eastern world, this means terrorism.

Switzerland, New Zealand, Costa Rica and many others are all countries that are far freer than us and do not feel the sting of terrorism because they mind their own business, engage in free trade (we should end the impoverishment embargo of Cuba, but that's a subject for another day), and don't meddle militarily in other countries.

The operation was simply entrapment by a KGB-esque agency, the perfect definition of a false flag operation with the intention of scaring us into giving them more and more of our liberties so they can 'protect' us from terrorists. Thankfully, many are starting to see through this latest federal fear-mongering-power-grab, like this excellent article at the Times of London:

"This whole operation was a foolish waste of time and money," claimed Terence Kindlon, a defense lawyer who represented the last terror suspect to be tried in New York state. "It is almost as if the FBI cooked up the plot and found four idiots to install as defendants.

The other question that U.S. security experts were debating was how much had been achieved by assigning more than 100 agents to a year-long investigation of three petty criminals and a mentally ill Haitian immigrant, none of whom had any connection with any known terrorist group. "They were all unsophisticated dimwits," said Kindlon."



Despite these glaring holes in this so-called "foiled plot,"we are supposed to be very, very afraid of Muslims, who are likely to blow up synagogues and shoot down airplanes at any given second. Periodic torture and indefinite imprisonment in the US Gulags is too good of a treatment for these "terrorists."

The real fundamental injustice is the existence of a federal police force that seduces people into committing crimes and then jailing them for it. The FBI has committed many crimes in its infamous past, and continues to be a rogue dog without a leash.

Who exactly should we be afraid of again?

http://www.examiner.com/x-8131-Sunset-Dist...n-New-York-City
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