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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Four Arrested and Authorities Foil Terror Plot In New York

As I was writing the previous piece about Obama and his national security problems concerning Gitmo, I saw the latest news headlines come up.

NYC police: Terror suspects wanted to commit jihad

FBI arrest four in alleged plot to bomb Bronx synagogues, shoot down plane

4 Accused of Bombing Plot at Bronx Synagogues

FBI, NYPD Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NY Synagogues

From the NYT piece, linked above:

Four men were arrested Wednesday night in what the authorities said was a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y.

The men, all of whom live in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, were arrested around 9 p.m. after planting what they believed to be bombs in cars outside the Riverdale Temple and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Center, officials said. But the men did not know the bombs, obtained with the help of an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were fake.

The arrests capped what officials described as a “painstaking investigation” that began in June 2008 involving an F.B.I. agent who had been told by a federal informant of the men’s desire to attack targets in America. As part of the plot, the men intended to fire Stinger missiles at military aircraft at the base, which is at Stewart International Airport, officials said.


The suspects were arrested Wednesday night, shortly after planting a 37-pound 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 Riverdale Jewish Center, another synagogue a few blocks away, authorities said.

Police blocked their escape with an 18-wheel truck, smashing their tinted SUV windows and apprehending the unarmed suspects.

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

James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, 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.

Here is the 13 page criminal complaint (PDF file) and here is the press release (PDF file)

How does this tie in to closing Gitmo with Obama planning to allow some of those detainees to be brought into the U.S.?

This little tidbit:

The suspects - three U.S.-born citizens and one Haitian immigrant - at least three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam

Hellllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Obama, are you paying attention?