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Shocker: Terror Plotters Ex-Con Losers

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Terror plot suspects have lengthy criminal records

By Michael Hill And Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press Writers

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The four men accused of plotting to bomb New York City synagogues and shoot down military airplanes with missiles are down-and-out ex-convicts living on the margins in a faded industrial city.

One is a petty criminal who spent a day in 2002 snatching purses and shooting at people with a BB gun from an SUV. His lawyer calls him "intellectually challenged."

Three have histories of drug convictions, one of them for selling narcotics in a school zone. The man prosecutors portrayed as the instigator of the scheme said he smoked pot the day he planned to blow up the temples…

The arrests follow a long line of homegrown, headline-making terror plots since Sept. 11 that never came close to reality because the FBI inserted itself in early stages. Authorities have broken up plots with targets including the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Herald Square subway station in Manhattan, underground gas pipes at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey and tunnels underneath the Hudson River.

James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were calm as they appeared in court Thursday, their hands shackled, to answer charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the U.S. and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles. They did not enter pleas and were held without bail; they face life in prison if convicted…

Relatives said the defendants were struggling men who worked at places such as Wal-Mart, a landscaping company and a warehouse when they weren’t behind bars. Payen’s lawyer said he was on medication for schizophrenia and has "a very low borderline" IQ.

David Williams’ relatives were floored by the allegations against a man they knew as a good father to his 7-year-old daughter and newborn son…

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he believed the defendants knew each other from their time behind bars. Relatives said Payen, David Williams and Onta (AWN’-tay) Williams were introduced to Islam in prison, where conversion to the faith is common

Cromitie was burning with anger about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, where his parents had lived before he was born, according to the criminal complaint. He told the informant he was interested in jihad and "doing something to America" and was crestfallen that "the best target (the World Trade Center) was hit already," the complaint said.

In the same conversation, Cromitie said: "I hate those mother——-, those f—— Jewish b—— …. I would like to get (destroy) a synagogue," according to the complaint.

In one conversation, Cromitie said he longed to shoot Jews in the head as they walked on the street near a synagogue, the informant told authorities. In another conversation with the informant, Onta Williams said the U.S. military was killing Muslims, "so if we kill them here with IEDs and Stingers, it is equal," according to court papers.

A woman who answered the phone at a Bronx listing for several of Cromitie’s relatives said she didn’t want to speak about him and hung up. No one answered the door at his Newburgh address, but neighbor Luis Pena said Cromitie was "a real nice guy." …

Notice how this article managed to soft pedal the detail that these bravos were all jailhouse converts to the Religion Of Peace.

That detail is buried deep in the piece.

Obviously their religious persuasion was not that big of a factor in their actions.

The arrests follow a long line of homegrown, headline-making terror plots since Sept. 11 that never came close to reality because the FBI inserted itself in early stages. Authorities have broken up plots with targets including the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Herald Square subway station in Manhattan, underground gas pipes at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey and tunnels underneath the Hudson River.

Were the unspeakable horrors of Guantanamo ever reported to be a motivation for any of these plots?

We don’t think so.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Shocker: Terror Plotters Ex-Con Losers”

  1. proreason says:

    So what is the difference between these dissatisfied citizens and The Moron.

    Oh yeh, he was never caught.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    I guess these four punk losers will be media and leftist darlings in just a few months…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hey…….I’m waiting for Farrotface and Al Shrapnel to pipe in sooner than two weeks. These brothas’ were targets of the whitey!! The borderline R-tard will walk on all charges!!

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    What a putrid effort to portray these slugs as nice guys and good fathers. So what .. we’re s’posed to feel sorry for these “misguided” scumbags (???).

    As to the friends and relatives who were “floored by the allegations” .. what’s their m.o.’s? They in and out of jail, too?

    They’re terrorists and wanted to murder innocent folks. Ship their sorry butts over to Gitmo with the rest of the terrorists.

    S’pose their lawyers are from the ACLU (???).

  4. curvyred says:

    You know plenty of people work at low-paying jobs – I don’t see them plotting to detroy and kill others – when will the liberal media wake up and realize they have aided and abetted this hatred with their biased reporting.

  5. Helena says:

    How is it the “jailhouse muslim preachers” and proselytizers we hear about so much wherever there is crime in our country, are not prosecuted for hate speech? Whenever there are quotes from the criminals: Cromitie said: “I hate those mother——-, those f—— Jewish b—— …. I would like to get (destroy) a synagogue,” The quotes ALWAYS express mindless, foam-at-the-mouth hatred against the Jews. They’re always people of low intelligence, not really capable of working up thoughts for themselves, so they’re getting their theories and hatreds from someone else and my money is on the jailhouse converters.

    • Petronius says:

      John Walker Lindh is currently a popular imam at the Federal penitentiary at Victorville, CA, where he is busy proselytizing radical Islam to the inmates. He goes by the name “Hamza” after Mohammed’s uncle.

      It’s too bad that Jihad Johnny, Zacarias Moussaoui, Jose Padilla, and Richard Reid (the shoe-bomber) went through the criminal justice system instead of the military system. In that case they might have been held at GITMO, where they could do less damage, and where they might also be subject to interrogation that might produce useful military intel.

    • Helena says:

      John Walker Lindh? Are you kidding? Holy cats. It’s worse than I thought.

    • Petronius says:

      Hamza Lindh, as he likes to call himself, was transferred last year from Victorville to the Federal prison at Terre Haute, IN, where he finds solace in his religion.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/4175882

    • snix says:

      “They’re always people of low intelligence, not really capable of working up thoughts for themselves, so they’re getting their theories and hatreds from someone else and my money is on the jailhouse converters.”

      And the taxpayer is paying the salary of these jailhouse Muslim recruiters.

  6. JohnMG says:

    So they get life sentences. Nobody says how long life is, soooooooo……………

  7. mybrotherkeeper says:

    Two Observations: First, they were Black Muslim converts–there are many such in prisons today. Thus, many more, unfortunately, would feel the same hatred towards their homeland.
    Secondly, let’s not kid ourselves about these guys’ abilities. There are bigger fish to fry. Let’s hope the intelligence services aren’t so weak that they can’t infiltrate the smarter guys’ networks. The 9/11 terrorists, for example, struck me as a smarter, more dedicated and fanatic foe. There are tons more of them, especially in the Middle East.

  8. VMAN says:

    I’ll bet some idiot secular Jew lawyer ends up defending them. I say secular because there seems to be allot of non religious Jews that have a self destruct mechanism. It seems to me that if you want to be considered a Jew by birth only why bother.

  9. canary says:

    Why Muslims hate the Jews. Aside the Koran (Quran) demands the muslims to go to everytown and warn, and if the town doesn’t convert, destroy it. One of the dreams that the hermit monk Mohammad based the Koran on makes Isreal a target. While in the Mt. Hira cave of Mecca Saudi-Arabia, Mohammad had a dream that God put him on a white horse with wings that flew him up in the sky, and flew down, landing him in Jerusalem the capitol of Isreal. So, this made the muslims treat Mohammad as God, since their original religion like most, is that when all the destruction is going on, wars in middle-east, floods, poverty, that is where the Lord will come down from the heavens and set his foot, in the birth place of Jesus to save and rebuild the world from total destruction. This is behind of alot of lies the middle-eastern countries that we can never trust. From Koran teachings, originally no matter where you were in the world, you prayed in fetal position which symbolizes rebirth, with head and hands faced toward Jerusalem, but then the muslims changed to face Mecca where Mohammed lived in the caves. Mohammed also claimed that God took him to heaven and Moses told him they should pray 50 times a day, (the original Islam was to pray all the time) but Mohammed took repeated trips back to heaven to tell Moses that the people complained that was too many times. So, Mohammed took alot of trips back and forth, til the times dropped to 5 times a day being reasonable.

    Problem now is Jerusalem, where Mohammed’s white horse flew him is on the border of Palenstine, who have been allowed in to Jersusalem and Holy City, but making it too easy for Palenstines to stand at the border and bomb Isreal. So, the propanda that Isreal is taking their land, is that Isreal is pushing and fighting them back.
    Which has the entire muslim world protesting to kill Jews and all unbelievers in the entire world.


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