Four men in Newburgh, NY, are arrested by federal agents in a supposed plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at Stewart International Airport with Stinger missiles. The men are apparently all Black converts to Islam; one is a Haitian immigrant; most have drug convictions and converted in prison. (NYT, May 21) The (disabled) Stinger missile, of course, originated with the FBI infiltrator. We wonder how much more of the plot originated with the FBI infiltrator.
Some deconstructions of the first New York Times account of the arrests, May 20. Propaganda words in bold:
A federal law enforcement official described the plot as “aspirational” — meaning that the suspects wanted to do something but had no weapons or explosives — and described the operation as a sting with a cooperator within the group.
“It was fully controlled at all times,” a law enforcement official said.
“Fully controlled”? A virtual admission that the scheme originated with the FBI. For “aspirational,” we say “specious.” For “cooperator,” we say “provocateur.” The Times also notes that the men have been charged with “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.” Stinger missiles are “weapons of mass destruction”? The US is guilty of providing Islamist extremists in Afghanistan “weapons of mass destruction” during the 1980s Mujahedeen war?
We have repeatedly called out the annoying conspiranoids who think al-Qaeda doesn’t exist and all terrorism on Earth originates in “false flag” operations. But there is nonetheless some logic in the anarchist aphorism “The State creates its own enemies.”
A little good news from Newsday, May 22:
Dozens of rabbis, priests and imams showed support Friday for members of the two Riverdale Jewish sites that were targets of a foiled terrorist plot this week.
“It’s very important, because when these types of things happen, Muslim leaders can’t be quiet,” said Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, the deputy emir of the Muslim Alliance in North America, during a meeting at the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx. “We have to speak out so that no one will be interpreting what we are thinking or how we are feeling about situations. That’s why we thought it was critical we be here.”
Sakhawat Hussain, chairman of the Al-Mahdi Foundation, an Islamic organization that covers New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, said, “It’s the message of the faith. Terrorists do not have any relevance. We don’t accept them as Muslims. Muslim means those who are the followers of peace. If you subscribe to any terrorist activity, you are not Muslim. This is the lesson of [the] Quran.”
Religious leaders began reaching out to the Riverdale Jewish Center and Riverdale Temple shortly after word of the failed plot became public late Wednesday. The Brooklyn-based Muslim group Council of People Organization and the Jewish Community Relations Council hastily scheduled a conference call of solidarity among religious leaders across the city, said Mohammad Razvi, the leader of the Brooklyn group.
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NYC gastro-terrorists take aim at overpriced coffee
This one smells to us less of terrorism than yahooism. From the New York Times, May 26:
Another blow in the world gastro-wars?
Here we go again…
From the Daily News, Sept. 14:
So we don’t even have a full name for this supposed “Qaeda suspect”? Sounds pretty specious to us. But wait, it gets worse. From AFP, Sept. 15:
This is supposed to comfort us? That the authorities have the power to raid your apartment on admittedly sketchy evidence? Haven’t we learned from Bush’s disaster in Iraq the dangers of “preventive” strikes? When will New Yorkers rise up and protest this crap? The freedom you save could be your own…
Queens terror raids “the real thing”?
Yet no arrests? Forgive our skepticism. More from the Daily News, Sept. 15:
Finally, we get a last name
From AP, Sept. 16:
Could this one really be for real?
Obama is scheduled to commend the New York FBI office for its work in the investigation that led to the arrest and indictment of Najibullah Zazi. (Newsday, Oct. 19) It seems this time around the feds are really claiming evidence of an al-Qaeda link—not just a police infiltrator pretending to be al-Qaeda… From the New York Times, Spet. 30:
FBI hangs terror informant out to dry?
A Dec. 13 New York Times account, “Imam’s Lawyer Plays Up Interagency Rift in Terror Case,” portrays elements of the NYPD working at cross purposes to the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Najibullah Zazi case:
Najibullah Zazi pleads guilty
Of course after all the controversy around this case, when the guy pleads guilty the Justice Department and media portray it as a clear-cut victory. From the New York Times, Feb. 23:
New indictments in supposed NYC terror plot
The Justice Department announced Feb. 25 that a federal grand jury in the New York has returned a five-count superseding indictment against accused terrorists Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay. The men, both US citizens, have been charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to al-Qaeda in connection with a plot to plant explosives in the New York City subway system. Ahmedzay faces an additional count of making false statements in a terrorism investigation. Both men were arrested last month, and Medunjanin has pleaded not guilty to similar charges. Two of the counts carry possible sentences of life in prison. Both pleaded not guilty to the new charges.
Medunjanin and Ahmedzay are suspected of operating in conjunction with Najibullah Zazi, the native of Afghanistan arrested by FBI agents in Colorado last fall. The three allegedly traveled together to Pakistan in 2008 to receive al-Qaeda training. Zazi pleaded guilty to three criminal charges earlier this week, including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, as well as providing material support for al-Qaeda. He faces up to life in prison for two of the counts, and 15 years in prison for the third. (Jurist, Feb. 26)
Cleric pleads guilty to lying to FBI about NYC subway plot
Imam Ahmad Afzali pleaded guilty March 4 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with a plot to detonate explosives in the New York City subway system. Afzali faces up to six months in prison and must leave the country within 90 days after being released from prison. Afzali, a New York City cleric, was arrested in September for tipping off terror suspects that the FBI was gathering intelligence on them. Sentencing is set for April 8. (Jurist, March 5)
Yes, Bronx terror plot emerged from FBI
Boy, did we ever call that one. From the New York Times, March 17:
Newburgh Four head to appeals court
The so-called Newburgh Four, who were convicted last fall in the supposed 2009 plot to shoot down military aircraft and blow up two synagogues in Riverdale, are taking their case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. An entrapment defense was rejected in last year’s trial, and a jury found them guilty. The four men were sentenced to 25 years to life—the least severe penalty the judge could give under the draconian mandatory minimum laws. “The government manufactured the criminal and manufactured the crime,” a defense attorney said about the case last year. Further details of how the scam worked in an Oct. 19 piece in the Village Voice.
Not guilty plea in NYC subway plot
Suspected terrorist Adis Medunjanin pleaded not guilty Aug. 6 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to charges of participating in a plot to detonate a bomb inside the New York City subway. In January, Medunjanin pleaded not guilty to charges that he received terrorist training conspired with Najibullah Zazi last year to hatch the subway bomb plot. Medunjanin, a naturalized American citizen, was arrested earlier this year in connection with an ongoing investigation of Zazi, who allegedly traveled with Medunjanin and one other individual to Pakistan in 2008 to receive al-Qaeda training, according to prosecutors. He was indicted on additional charges in July. (Jurist, Aug. 6)
Guilty verdict in NYC subway plot
Amid all the recent bogus (infiltrator-generated) terror plots in New York in recent months, the one plot that looks like it might have actually been real has just resulted in a conviction. Interestingly, Adis Medunjanin, 27, of Flushing, Queens, is an immigrant from Bosnia, from where his family fled to escape Serb aggression. Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb “told jurors his client’s own escape from the atrocities in Bosnia deepened his sense of obligation to protect his fellow Muslim where he saw them under siege,” WNYC informs us. Medunjanin in his own statement to the jury said, “This is the payback for the atrocities that you do” in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems he travelled to the Afghan-Pakistan border seeking to join the Taliban and fight US troops. Accompanied by two buds from Queens, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay (who both pleaded guilty), he instead wound up at an al-Qaeda camp in Waziristan, where he was recruited for attacks back in New York. (BBC News, ABC, May 1; CBS, April 19)
Get that? Traumatized as a youth by Serb atrocities in Bosnia, turns jihadist cannon fodder due to US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tell us again how the Afghan war is making us safer….
Another terror plot on NYC synagogues?
OK, is this one real or bogus? From IBT New York, May 13:
“However, Ferhani and Mamdouh are Islamist extremists…”? Yes, we would imagine so… But did they come up with this idea on their own, or was it the brainchild of an infiltrator? Given the apparent non-involvement of the FBI, maybe this one is legitimate.