From The NYTimes:
N.Y. Bomb Plot Suspects Acted Alone, Police Say
JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ and SEWELL CHAN
Published: May 21, 2009
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. Once the explosives were planted, the men planned to drive to the National Guard base to shoot down military aircraft with a Stinger surface-to-air missile while detonating the bombs with a remote device.
The men did not know that the bombs, obtained with the help of an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were fake, and that the missile was incapable of being fired.
At the Masjid al-Ikhlas mosque in Newburgh where the men first met the F.B.I. informant, they were not considered devoted members, said an imam at the mosque, Salahuddin Mustafa. He also said that the man he believes was the informant showed up about two years ago and started inviting people to meals, where he would talk about jihad and violence. The imam and others believed the man was a government agent and steered clear of him, he said, but Mr. Cromitie apparently took the bait.
An assistant imam at the mosque, Hamin Rashada, said that another one of the four men, Mr. Payen, seemed disturbed. Mr. Payen often talked in circles, showed signs of paranoia and kept bottles of urine in a messy apartment.
“He has some very serious psychological problems,” Mr. Rashada said.
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Now, call me cynical. Call me a doubter. Call me a tinfoil hat wearer.
But, don't call me on that jury because I wouldn't vote to convict.
All the folks there at the mosque sniffed them out right away, so they zoom in on the guy who has psychological problems?
Prove to me that they got their hands on those weapons. I don't believe it.
Where's the money for the missiles and explosives come from....you know no ex-cons got that kind of money.
it takes MONEY to be in terrorism, and it takes educated folks. Educated folks for bombs, etc. Sorry,you will not find a Brotha or Sista with the education needed to make a good bomb, wasting it on some terrorist cause. And, we simply don't have the funds.
Where would our Black terrorists be getting their money? I keep on asking that.
This is a bogus case with folks not smart enough to know their explosives...and America's supposed to feel SAFER because of this bogusness?
It's not that I don't believe that Black folk couldn't become jihadists. It's just that the ones they've put forth as 'plotters', first in Miami and in this case---I'm not hunting this dog. The government will have to do better. While funds were wasted on this 'operative', I'm sure there are REAL cells out there, NOT funded by government informants trying to entrap, that are going about their business.