Terror Bust

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

BY Michael Daly (external - login to view), Alison Gendar (external - login to view) and Helen Kennedy (external - login to view)
Updated Thursday, May 21st 2009, 11:59 AM

The FBI (external - login to view) and NYPD (external - login to view) busted a four-man homegrown terror cell Wednesday night that was plotting to blow up two Bronx (external - login to view) synagogues while simultaneously shooting a plane out of the sky, sources told the Daily News.
The idea was to create a "fireball that would make the country gasp," one law enforcement said.
Little did they know the plastic explosives packed into their car bombs and the plane-downing Stinger missile in their backseat were all phony - supplied by undercover agents posing as Pakistani militants linked to Al Qaeda (external - login to view).
"If there can be any good news from this terror scare it's that this group was relatively unsophisticated, penetrated early, and not connected to another terrorist group," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (external - login to view). "This incident shows that we must always be vigilant against terrorism, foreign or domestic."
The suspects - three U.S.-born citizens and one Haitian immigrant - at least three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam, were angry about the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan (external - login to view), sources told The News.
"They wanted to make a statement," a law enforcement source said. "They were filled with rage and wanted to take it out on what they considered the source of all problems in America (external - login to view) - the Jews."
The group's alleged ringleader, James Cromitie (external - login to view), according to the complaint, discussed targets with an undercover agent. "The best target [the World Trade Center (external - login to view)] was hit already," he allegedly told the agent. Later, he rejoiced in a terrorist attack on a synagogue.
"I hate those motherf-----s, those f---ing Jewish bastards. . . . I would like to get [destroy] a synagogue."
The men allegedly parked car bombs wired to cell phones outside the Riverdale (external - login to view) Temple and nearby Riverdale Jewish Center (external - login to view). They were also heading to Stewart Air National Guard Base (external - login to view) in Newburgh, Orange County (external - login to view), when the law swooped in on them.
Sources said their plan was to shoot down a cargo plane headed to Iraq (external - login to view) or Afghanistan with a surface-to-air guided missile while simultaneously calling the cell phones and blowing up the Riverdale synagogues.
Sources said the four men were arrested after a year-long investigation that began when an informant connected to a mosque in Newburgh said he knew men who wanted to buy explosives.
FBI agents supplied them with what they billed as C-4 plastic explosives and a Stinger missile.
The weaponry was all phony.
"The bombs had been made by FBI technicians," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly (external - login to view). "They were totally inert."
Witnesses said an NYPD 18-wheeler blocked a black SUV on Independence Ave. in Riverdale and then officers broke in the darkened windows and yanked out the four men from inside the car.
Among those arrested was Cromitie, of Newburgh, who is the son of an Afghan immigrant and his African-American wife.
Cromitie, who also called himself Abdul Rahman (external - login to view), has served a long stretch in prison.
David Williams (external - login to view), Onta Williams (external - login to view) and Leguerre Payen - his alleged henchmen - were busted with him. Cromitie allegedly recruited them at the Newburgh mosque.
The undercover informant who promised to arm them posed as a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed (external - login to view), an anti-India (external - login to view) Pakistani group with connections to Al Qaeda, said Joseph Demarest (external - login to view), assistant director of the New York FBI field office.
"This shows the real risks we face from homegrown terror and jailhouse converts, and the need for constant vigilance," said Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) (external - login to view).
The four alleged terrorists are expected to be arraigned Thursday in White Plains Federal Court (external - login to view).
"These guys were angry, they had intent and they were searching for capacity," a senior federal law enforcement official told The News. But, the official added, "It's not exactly Al Qaeda."
Richard Williams (external - login to view), who identified himself as Onta Williams' uncle, said he doesn't believe his nephew would be involved in the plot.
"I spoke to him last week, he gave no indication that anything was wrong," Williams told The News Wednesday night outside his Newburgh home.
Mayor Bloomberg (external - login to view) hailed the joint investigation that took down the wanna-be mass murderers.
"While the bombs these terrorists attempted to plant tonight were - unbeknownst to them - fake, this latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City (external - login to view) are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism," Bloomberg said.
agendar@nydailynews.com (external - login to view)
With Joe Kemp in Newburgh, N.Y., Kerry Burke in New York and James Gordon Meek in Washington

Good for the FBI.
L Gilbert
Ditto the "good for the fbi" comment.
Good for the FBI!?!?!?!

It was an FBI Black Op!
Terror Bust = Pamela Anderson
L Gilbert
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Good for the FBI!?!?!?!

It was an FBI Black Op!

As opposed to an FBI white op? An FBI pink op? .....
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

As opposed to an FBI white op?

White Ops are no fun... those are the Ops when we actually help people.

The evil empire NEVER helps people.


An FBI pink op? .....

We haven't seen a FBI Pink Op since the days of J. Edgar Hoover.
lone wolf
How many of them came from Canada?
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Good for the FBI!?!?!?!

It was an FBI Black Op!

What's a "Black Op"..............? Where exactly is this going ?

Are we racist or what??..............(just askin)


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