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Fort Dix 5 Found Guilty Of Plot To Kill GIs

From the New Jersey Star-Ledger:

Fort Dix five guilty of conspiracy to kill soldiers

by John P. Martin/The Star-Ledger

Monday December 22, 2008

Five Muslim immigrants from South Jersey were convicted today of plotting to kill American soldiers, a crime that prosecutors said demonstrated how Al Qaeda was using the Internet to recruit, train and incite supporters for attacks in the United States and around the world.

Jurors at federal district court in Camden deliberated into a sixth day before declaring the men guilty of conspiracy. The jurors, however, acquitted the men of an additional charge of attempted murder…

The Fort Dix five include brothers Eljvir, Dritan and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians who worked at a family roofing business; Mohamad Shnewer, a Jordanian who drove a cab and worked at his family’s market in Pennsauken, and Serdar Tatar, a native of Turkey who was an assistant manager at a Philadelphia 7-Eleven.

Each faces up to life in prison on the conspiracy charge. Sentencing was set for April 22 and 23..

The Fort Dix probe began in January 2006 when an electronics store clerk in South Jersey gave police a copy of a customer’s videotape that showed the men firing rifles and shouting Islamic battle cries. FBI agents and two paid cooperators then spent 15 months shadowing the suspects, recording their conversations and examining their computers.

The evidence indicated that the men gathered weekly at a Palmyra mosque and regularly watched and discussed Al Qaeda videos extolling jihads and depicting deadly attacks against U.S. forces. In January 2006 and February 2007, they rented a house in the Pocono Mountains, where investigators said they trained for an attack by riding horses, shooting weapons at a rifle range and playing war games with paintball.

Prosecutors conceded the men had not settled on a target or a timetable for their strike, but called them "radical Islamists" with a shared goal: a jihad to kill American troops. They played for jurors hidden videos of the lead defendant, Shnewer, traveling with an FBI informant to Fort Dix, Dover Air Force Base and other sites in August 2006.

"This is exactly what we are looking for," Shnewer told the informant, Mahmoud Omar, as they passed the Burlington County base, a staging point for troops headed to Iraq. "You hit four, five or six Humvees and light the whole place (up) and retreat completely without any losses."

In other conversations, Shnewer proposed commandeering a gasoline tanker for a suicide mission at a military installation or firing a rocket into the Philadelphia Naval Base around the time of the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

Agents enlisted a second informant to ingratiate himself with three other suspects, brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka of Cherry Hill, like him ethnic Albanians who snuck in the country. They planted that informant at a Dunkin Donuts in Cinnaminson where the brothers gathered each Friday after mosque services.

Prosecutors said the fifth defendant, Serdar Tatar, whose father owned a pizzeria that delivered to Fort Dix, aided the plot by giving the informant a map of the base interior.

Defense attorneys insisted there was no conspiracy. They portrayed Shnewer, a Jordanian and the only naturalized U.S. citizen among the defendants, as a pathetic loner, encouraged and emboldened by an FBI informant who showered him with attention and advice like an older brother. They acknowledged Shnewer talked a lot and collected jihadist videos – particularly after meeting the informant — but said he speaking without the knowledge or approval of the others

Eljvir Duka declared he wanted to "train sniper" and wondered how far he would have to stand from the White House to shoot the president.

In addition to the terror conspiracy, authorities indicted them on charges of illegal weapons possession. The Dukas are illegal immigrants; Tatar is a legal permanent resident.

Also arrested with them in May 2007 was a sixth suspect, an ethnic Albanian named Agron Abdullahu, whom authorities said provided guns but wasn’t part of the terror conspiracy. Abdullahu pleaded guilty later that year to weapons charges and was sentenced to 20 months in prison…

How long before we hear the cries of “Free The Fort Dix 5”?

Or before President Obama gives them executive clemency?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Fort Dix 5 Found Guilty Of Plot To Kill GIs”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Life in prison at the taxpayers hands. Free dental, medical, college programs, t-o-i-l-e-t paper, TV, prayer rugs, special menu, foot washing sink?, computers, gym, Hustler Mags and the chance of parole somewhere in the future. Of course this is after they exhaust the appeals process and by then with time serve they could go free, Allah Akbar!!!!!

    • sheehanjihad says:

      The best punishment for these worthless scum is to deport them. Put them on a plane, and send them back to their home country. Deprive them the right to live in the USA….let them go back to the festering crap hole they call home.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      And have the right to martyrdom killing our troops? NONONONO NO!! EXILE these scum to the Artic Circle or better yet…Antartica(sp). Penguin popsicles are all the rave these days, if you’re a penguin!!

    • sheehanjihad says:

      LD~! My friend, I certainly didnt say the airplane was to be on the ground when they were pushed, er I mean let out!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I GET IT!!! It’s not the fall that kills you…..it’s that “Sudden” stop!!

  2. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    And what would’ve been the reply of these five mens’ defense attorneys if they had succeeded in their acts of terror? ‘Whoops! Sorry your Honor, our bad. We thought it was all just tough talk.’ Besides the slime under your shoe or under a rock, where do they find these people? I’m talking about the defense lawyers here, not the others. I already know where they come from.

    • BillK says:

      I’ve mentioned several times that if Atta and friends had been stopped early the morning of September 11, they never would have spent a day in jail as the MSM would have so derided the possibility of hijacking planes with box cutters and modeling clay and flying them into buildings the prosecution would have been laughed out of court.

      Remember, everything is “purely theoretical” until someone actually does it.

  3. Steve says:

    If you want to have your stomach thoroughly turned, read Time magazine’s positively loathsome paean to these would-be terrorists:

    The Fort Dix Conspiracy – TIME

    You see, they were just kids having fun. And they were taken in by a slimy FBI informant.

    Time magazine hates this country almost as much as the NYT. (Which is to say, probably more than most terrorists.)

    I can’t believe what has happened to that company.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Lawyers’ are the downfall of all that is “Common Sense”. It is because of these lower than Whale excrement on the ocean floor that evil walks and BS persists to talk. One GOOD LOOK in the BELTLINE (Wash. DC) and you can see that these scum bunnies prey on ALL OF US!! D.C. is top heavy with lawyers that do nothing but charge for it!! It is culling time because the herd is thick and inner breeding is slipping into the Senate and Congress. Say no to “NAMESAKES!”
    Kennedy, Biden et al. (Thank God….no chance of another Barney, maybe there is something about same sex couples)

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A good indication of how wealthy a city is can be discerned not by reading a who’s who of who in the business section but by seeing just how thick the Yellow Page section is on lawyers. Where I live I’d say the section is almost a quarter of an inch thick, maybe more. Their commercials on t.v. are nothing more than glorified ambulance chasing/ divorce settlement infomercials. I only know of one friend of the family who became a defense attorney and he frequently expressed disgust with the whole legal system.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Bubba Clinton comes to mind as to what “IS” what about the ilLEGAL system.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    LD, Please don’t remind me about that guy. I’d just as soon forget about him. Clinton was nothing more than a middle aged college frat boy turned loose in the White House. It’s a wonder he never tripped and fell as his pants were often bagged around his ankles. Sorry. Just venting. Eight miserable years of my military career was spent knowing that he was my commander-in-chief.

    • proreason says:

      dIsn’t recruitment going to plummet moreso with Obamy than with Clinton? And aren’t a high percentage of those who can retire going to soon? It’s hard to imagine our guys risking their lives when they know the guy at the top is contemptuous of what they so.

      Maybe it won’t happen immediately because of the economy, but it seems inevitable, assumig the economy picks up at some point.

  7. BillK says:

    Let the appeals begin… or at the very least they’ve got to be freed on bail pending appeal.

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The sad thing is that in the final years of my military career I could already see liberalism creeping in and embedding itself into the ranks. I began to wonder if we still had any high ranking personnel that were willing to put their careers on the line and tell the liberal politicians to go to hell because the troops come first.

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