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Old 05-20-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Four men arrested in suspected NY bombing plot

Wed May 20, 2009 10:45pm EDT


NEW YORK, May 20 (Reuters - Four men were arrested on Wednesday in a suspected plot to bomb a synagogue and Jewish community center in New York and to shoot at military planes with stinger missiles, federal law enforcement officials said.

A release from the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said the suspects were charged with plotting to detonate explosives near a synagogue in the Riverdale section of New York's Bronx borough.

The men were also charged with plotting to shoot military planes located at New York's Air National Guard base at Stewart airport in Newburgh, New York, with stinger surface-to-air guided missiles, the statement said.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:15 AM   #3
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If these guys actually handed over the cash to buy these things then they deserve everything they get.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:11 AM   #4
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It must have been Swedes !

Let me explain this. In Belgium, the newspapers used to point out that a lot of crimes were committed by immigrants from North Africa. The liberals then stopped this and it was no longer allowed to point that out. The running joke was that from then on, whenever Arabs committed crimes, Belgians said that it was the Swedes, lol.

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Old 05-21-2009, 08:48 AM   #5
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If these guys actually handed over the cash to buy these things then they deserve everything they get.
Which basically says it all.

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Old 05-21-2009, 09:09 AM   #6
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If these guys actually handed over the cash to buy these things then they deserve everything they get.
Since they got non-working explosive devices and a non-functional Stingers how does that work?

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The men did not know that the bombs, obtained with the help of an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were fake.
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The informant soon helped them get the weapons, which were incapable of being fired or detonated, according to the authorities.
Just ripping on you a little Frodo.


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May 22, 2009
4 Accused of Plot to Bomb Synagogues in the Bronx
By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ and SEWELL CHAN

The four men 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. were petty criminals who appeared to be acting alone, not in concert with any terrorist organization, the New York City police commissioner said Thursday.

The men were arrested in an elaborate sting operation at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday after planting what they believed to be bombs in cars outside the Riverdale Temple, a Reform synagogue, and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Center, an Orthodox synagogue.

The men did not know that the bombs, obtained with the help of an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were fake.

In a news conference at the Riverdale Jewish Center, one of the two synagogues said to be the targets of the plot, the commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, offered new details about the four defendants — James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen — all of whom are to arraigned in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y., later Thursday morning.

The men, all of whom live in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, had met in prison. Mr. Cromitie, 53, who authorities described as the plot’s leader, had lived in Brooklyn and had as many as 27 arrests for minor crimes both in upstate New York and in New York City, Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams were native-born Americans, while Mr. Payen was born in Haiti and is a Haitian citizen.

The four men arrested are all Muslim, a law enforcement official said. Mr. Cromitie, whose parents had lived in Afghanistan before his birth, had told the informant that he was upset about the war in Afghanistan and that that he wanted to do “something to America.” Mr. Cromitie stated “the best target” — the World Trade Center — “was hit already,” according to the complaint.

Mr. Kelly said, “They stated that they wanted to commit jihad. They were disturbed about what was happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Muslims were being killed. They were making statements that Jews were killed in this attack and that would be all right — that sort of thing.”

“It speaks to our concern about homegrown terrorism,” Mr. Kelly said.

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 charges against the four men represent some of the most significant allegations of domestic terrorism in some time, and come months into a new presidential administration, as President Obama grapples with the question of how to handle detainees at the Guantánamo Bay camp in Cuba.

In April, Mr. Cromitie and the three other men, who were in their 20s and 30s, selected the synagogues as their targets, the statement said. The informant soon helped them get the weapons, which were incapable of being fired or detonated, according to the authorities.

Rabbi Jonathan I. Rosenblatt, the senior rabbi at the Riverdale Jewish Center, said the police informed him on Wednesday evening that his synagogue was a target of the plot, as well as the Riverdale Temple, a short distance away, on Independence Avenue. The two buildings are about six blocks apart, each with a brick facade. Outside the synagogues on Wednesday night, the streets were eerily quiet.

Rabbi Rosenblatt said in a phone interview Wednesday that he took the news with “shock, surprise — a sense of disbelief that something which is supposed to belong to the world of front pages and the evening news had invaded the quiet world of our synagogue.”

Jonathan Mark, associate editor of The Jewish Week newspaper who grew up in Riverdale, said it would have been the third plot in the past decade against the synagogues in Riverdale.

The plot unfolded Wednesday night as one of the suspects placed what he believed were homemade bombs equipped with about 37 pounds of inert C-4 plastic explosives into separate vehicles parked outside the synagogues. The other three suspects served as lookouts, Mr. Kelly said.

“There was a driver who was a cooperator, and there was the individual who placed the bombs in the vehicle, and then there were three lookouts,” Mr. Kelly said. “When everyone returned to their car — as everyone was going back to the car — that is when the signal was given to the emergency service officers to move in.”

An 18-wheel New York New Yorkepartment vehicle — known as a “low-boy” — blocked the suspects’ black sport utility vehicle at 237th Street and Riverdale Avenue. The F.B.I. informer also served as the driver of the suspects’ S.U.V., Mr. Kelly said.

Another armored vehicle arrived and officers from the department’s Emergency Service Unit smashed the blackened windows of the S.U.V., removed the men from the vehicle, and handcuffed them on the ground. None offered resistance.

Other police officers, along with members of the Joint Terrorist Task Force, the F.B.I., and the State Police, were also on hand, and “moved in and took those individuals away,” Mr. Kelly said. Three of the four men were escorted by federal agents from Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan around 1 a.m. Thursday. They were handcuffed and did not respond to reporters’ questions as they were loaded into the back of vehicles to be taken to the nearby Metropolitan Correctional Center. There, they emerged one by one.

Mr. Cromitie, who was wearing a dark blue shirt and jeans, gazed at the assembled reporters and photographers but again did not respond to questions. David and Onta Williams also did not answer questions as they quickly walked by, staring at the ground. A federal law enforcement official described the plot as “aspirational” — meaning that the suspects wanted to do something but had no weapons or explosives — and described the operation as a sting with a cooperator within the group.

“It was fully controlled at all times,” a law enforcement official said.

Mr. Kelly told Jewish leaders Wednesday evening that the attackers planned simultaneous attacks. After the men left the bombs in cars in front of the two synagogues, they planned to drive back to Newburgh and retrieve cellphone-detonating devices and then proceed with the attack on the air base — simultaneously shooting down aircraft while remotely setting off the devices in the cars.

Stewart International Airport is used by the New York Air National Guard and United States Air Force, according to the complaint, and it stores aircraft used to transport military supplies and personnel to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and elected officials joined Mr. Kelly at the news conference on Thursday morning, which was held as worshipers arrived for morning services.

The mayor praised the Police Department, which worked on the F.B.I. and other agencies on the case, and described the disruption of the terror plot as a frightening but exceptional occurrence. “Most people in New York City want to live together, work together, and I think we’re as safe today as we’ve ever been before,” the mayor said.

Political leaders responded to the news of the arrests with statements expressing relief.

State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx Democrat who represents Riverdale, and is a member of the congregation at the Riverdale Temple, also praised law enforcement authorities for their work.

“I think most people will agree that we’re very angry, but very sad that this kind of plot would take place in our community,” he said. “There are people out there motivated by religious hatred, hatred against Jews frankly, but the good news is that the N.Y.P.D. and F.B.I. were on top of this from the very beginning.”

Reporting was contributed by Al Baker, Sharon Otterman, David Johnston, Angela Macropoulos, Jennifer Mascia, Colin Moynihan, William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser.
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Yup, they placed bombs. game set and match to the FBI thank goodness.
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Alleged Bronx terror plotter not as dimwitted as he pretends, says prosecutor as 4 appear in court


BY Matthew Lysiak AND Thomas Zambito
The New York Daily News
Wednesday, June 3rd 2009


A federal prosecutor today mocked one of the suspects in the May plot to blow up a Bronx synagogue when the ex-con suggested Wednesday he was mentally unfit to stand trial.

"I don't understand the stuff the court talks about," defendant Laguerre Payen said during a hearing in White Plains Federal Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Snyder told Magistrate Judge Paul Davison that Payen was putting on a crazy act.

"On April 28th, he is on a very clear recording talking about beating the case in a very sophisticated way," Snyder told Davison. "It's very different from the way he's talking now in an effort to mislead the court."

Before Davison entered the courtroom, Payen had to leave when his baggy pants fell down.

Payen and his three alleged co-conspirators - James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams - pleaded not guilty to an eight-count federal indictment handed up Tuesday that accuses them of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. If guilty, they each could face life in prison.

Payen appeared confused when Davison asked him for his name and age.

"My client has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," said his attorney, Marilyn Reader. "It's not clear at all that he understands ... He can't read."

Reader said Payen has been under the care of mental health professionals.

The four jailhouse converts to Islam are accused of scheming to blow up the Riverdale Temple and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Community Center on May 20. Prosecutors say they also wanted to shoot down military planes flying over the Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh.
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