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NYC Terrorists Wanted To Commit Jihad

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Onta Williams also known as Hamza is led by police officers from a federal building in New York, Thursday, May 21, 2009, after being arrested by the FBI on charges related to a plot to bomb targets in the Bronx section of New York.

NYC police: Terror suspects wanted to commit jihad

By Tom Mcelroy, Associated Press Writer

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 holy war against America, authorities said Thursday.

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 Jewish Center, 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 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."

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.

"They stated that they wanted to commit Jihad," Kelly said. "They were disturbed about what happened in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Muslims were being killed."

An official told The Associated Press that three of the men are converts to Islam. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss details of the investigation. Three of the defendants are U.S. citizens and one is of Haitian descent, officials said.

Payen occasionally attended a Newburgh mosque. His statements on Islam often had to be corrected, according to Assistant Imam Hamin Rashada, who met Payen through a program that helps prisoners re-enter society

Acting U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin said the defendants planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives to destroy the temple and Jewish center.

They also planned to shoot Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles at planes at the Air National Guard base in Newburgh, about 70 miles north of New York City

Once again we are struck by the new tone in such stories from our media masters.

Perhaps we are cynical, but would this be called an attempted ‘jihad’ if Mr. Bush were still President?

Would the plotters’ religious persuasion even be mentioned?

Would the AP describe things so dramatically if they weren’t trying to give Mr. Obama cover for his latest Guantanamo (in)decision?

(Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “NYC Terrorists Wanted To Commit Jihad”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    Ok, nice article from the fawning PC AP…..but try as though I may, exactly WHO plotted to blow up that Jewish Temple? Boy Scouts? UAW members? WHO?

  2. canary says:

    New York Post

    May 20, 2009 —
    Four home-grown Muslim terrorists hell bent on blowing up two Bronx synagogues and shooting down a military plane have been arrested following a massive, year-long investigation, sources told the Post.

    The four men — all of whom hail from upstate Newburgh, NY — were busted in the Bronx around 9 p.m. tonight.

    Read The Release From The US Attorney’s Office (PDF)

    Read The Criminal Complaint (PDF)

    Their unholy mission involved a year-long plot to destroy two Riverdale synagogues and blast a military plane out of the sky with a rocket launcher, the sources said.

    The men were foiled when one of the friends found out about the plan and alerted the feds. The informant agreed to work with the FBI and NYPD joint-terror task force, tattling on their friends to help the police for months.


    • proreason says:

      They must have started before they knew Obamy would be elected.

      Because now that he is king, Muslims love us.

  3. proreason says:

    “were bent on carrying out a holy war against America”

    has anyone checked to see what his job is with the Obamastration?

  4. curvyred says:

    And yet oddly enough no call for DHS to put Muslim extremists on the watch list, opps I am sorry I meant “man-made, misunderstood” youth.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      No room on that Terrorist list as it is currently filled with American Veterans names.

      Please remember our BRAVE Soldiers, Airmen and Marines (past & present) this weekend. For if it was not for the men and women who guard Freedoms Lamp ………….. and stand at the ready ………….. we would all know the bitter taste of repression and tyranny!!

  5. pdsand says:

    I caught this this morning on Fox, and I had to really read through the lines to figure out that these homegrown overseas contingency operators were muslims, and black, and had converted to islam in prison. Maybe that’s what I get for watching the morning show, they want to keep things light and all. But I thought they might be being a little bit too fair and balanced.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    Hate crime, too, right?

    • curvyred says:

      Of course not, silly. You cannot commit a “hate-crime” against the great oppressors, back to re-education camp for you sir!

      Interesting note: the leftie blogosphere is lighting up wth “they were set up” and that their would have been no “plot” if the powers that be did not provide them with the fake amo – never mind the reports that one of the “misunderstood youth” said the things he said. I am sure that was someone just putting words in his mouth.

  7. Enthalpy says:

    These men were drawn to Islam while in prison. How did that happen? Senator Schumer has tried to spin this as not too much of a threat. That’s about right for that weasel. It IS a big deal because it reflects what’s been going on in our prisons for years! Schumer and the rest of our dynamic leadership do not live in our world, but they will.

    • pdsand says:

      Fox and Friends went down that road too, talking about how after they get busted some authorities and various factions always want to go around acting like this was just a bunch of keystone kops fooling around, and if the FBI hadn’t led them along by providing fake weapons and explosives, etc. that the threat would never have materialized, and it would have just been a bunch of idle talkers. I don’t buy it.

  8. canary says:

    AP watered down. James Cromitie AKA Abul Rahman was “son of muslim” immigrants. The other’s had muslim names too. Also, Cromitie, Abul Rahman was muslim, 2 others, and 1 was Haitian. I saw the footage NY news, but couldn’t write their muslim allahie names fast enough. AP really played this down.

  9. Yarddog1 says:

    Not again – in the last few days the Dems and Obama have lost several voters. What a shame.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Hang ’em High!

  11. GL0120 says:

    Everyone here has missed what is right in front of their noses – this was not a plot by Muslim extremists but rather a plot by Dick Cheney (Karl Rove assisted) to discredit these men and cast aspersions on the religion of peace.
    It’s so very obvious; these men could not possibly be Muslim extremists since there are no such people.
    Therefore it had to be a plot by ultra right-wing extremists and of course, Dick Cheney is their leader.

  12. canary says:

    Associated Press: NYC terror case latest of many homegrown plots

    By MICHAEL HILL and JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writers
    NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The four men were ex-convicts who envisioned themselves as holy warriors….

    Muslims fueled by hatred of America and Jews, they spent months scouting targets and securing what they thought was a surface-to-air missile system and powerful explosives …

    …,” assistant U.S. attorney Eric Snyder said. “These are extremely violent men.”

    Relatives said the defendants were down-on-their-luck men who worked at places like Wal-Mart, a landscaping company and a warehouse when they weren’t behind bars. …….,” said Aahkiyaah Cummings, his aunt ..

    .. Williams, now 28,..conviction on drug and weapons charges —….

    Onta Williams, 32, and Cromitie have also served prison sentences for drug convictions..
    Payen, 27, did time for attempted assault — .. hitting two people in the head. He snatched purses from two women …Payen appears to be a Haitian citizen,..

    Relatives said Payen, David Williams and Onta (pronounced ON-tay) Williams were introduced to Islam in prison — a phenomenon present in prisons..
    ..said Richard Williams,”..All this happened when he became a Muslim inprison.”

    Payen….had been fighting deportation and seeking custody of his 3-year-old son, said Hamin Rashada, an assistant imam at the Masjid al-Iklahs mosque,.. .

    Cromitie … told the informant he was interested in jihad and “doing something to America” .. “I hate those mother——-, those f—— Jewish b—— …. I would like to get (destroy) a synagogue,” according to the complaint.

    .. neighbor Luis Pena said Cromitie was a real nice guy.

    The complaint portrays Cromitie as the instigator of the conspiracy, telling the informant last July that he wanted to join Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistani terrorist group with which the informant claimed to be involved…training camps in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and several senior operatives were close to Osama bin Laden.

    Associated Press writers Devlin Barrett in Washington, Jim Fitzgerald in White Plains, N.Y., George Walsh in Albany, N.Y., and Tom Hays, Tom McElroy and Colleen Long in New York contributed to this report.

  13. Confucius says:

    I can’t believe it. I thought terrorism was over, circa January 2009.

    And by the way, didn’t Obama ban the word “terror”? 10,000 lashes for Tom Mcelroy!

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