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‘Bombmaker’ busted by NYPD in upper Manhattan apartment (Hispanic Muslim from Dominican Republic)
Ny Daily News ^ | November 20 2011 | ALISON GENDAR & BILL HUTCHINSON

Posted on 11/20/2011 4:39:32 PM PST by jimbo123

A Dominican with an anti-American grudge has been busted for building a bomb in his upper Manhattan apartment to blow up a police station, sources said Sunday night.

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The suspect was identified through one of the al-Awlaki web sites, where he posted anti-American comments, the source said.

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1 posted on 11/20/2011 4:39:33 PM PST by jimbo123
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2 posted on 11/20/2011 4:41:03 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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Move on! Nothing to see here. Janet Napolitano has our borders completely secured!


3 posted on 11/20/2011 4:41:09 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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Fox also just said....Lone Wolf so obviously Amish.


4 posted on 11/20/2011 4:41:34 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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Just out of curiosity, what is his immigration status? (he asked rhetorically)


5 posted on 11/20/2011 4:42:00 PM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: ColdOne

those Amish. :)


6 posted on 11/20/2011 4:42:12 PM PST by nicmarlo
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Those crazy Amish strike again..I always knew something was fishy about them, on their little buggies, up to no good I tell ya LOL


7 posted on 11/20/2011 4:43:50 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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They need to deport his mom, too.


8 posted on 11/20/2011 4:45:00 PM PST by jimbo123
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“Janet Napolitano has our borders completely secured!”

LOL. Right on target with that one!


9 posted on 11/20/2011 4:47:29 PM PST by Beowulf9
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Janet and her crack crew or “her crew on crack” is busy watching the real terrorists in this country, the American veterans and the state militias.


10 posted on 11/20/2011 4:56:17 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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When they said Lone Wolf I though Lenny and Squiggy had gone rogue.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 4:58:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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they said orig from the Dominican but say he is a US citizen.


12 posted on 11/20/2011 4:59:32 PM PST by raccoonradio
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Suspect also known as Muhammad Yusuf.


13 posted on 11/20/2011 5:06:03 PM PST by jimbo123
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This one has a future in Illinois rat politics.


14 posted on 11/20/2011 5:06:34 PM PST by februus
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Posted this on another thread, applies on this one too:

Not to be suspicious, but I am, this has been sitting on the burner since 2009, when they first started watching this guy. Suddenly, when the talks in Congress are breaking down as to budget cuts with the Super Committee, they bust this guy yesterday, so that the headline is today, the day the Super Committee appears to have failed in their efforts. Bloomberg said the Feds were involved with the decision as to the timing of this arrest. Funny that. Now, I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but, could this be called changing the subject?


15 posted on 11/20/2011 5:30:39 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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I’m wondering if everyone is assuming that this guy is Hispanic because his first name is Jose. Is Pimentel Hispanic? I never heard it as an Hispanic surname prior to this.

Remember we all know a guy named Juan Williams.


16 posted on 11/20/2011 5:36:24 PM PST by tinamina
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Sorry, I should have done my research first. Portugese or Spanish with possible Jewish connections.


17 posted on 11/20/2011 5:43:18 PM PST by tinamina
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I’m wondering about that too. They’ve been watching the guy for two years and just now moved in because the pipe bombs were “hours” away from being operational.

Does it take two years to build a pipe bomb?


18 posted on 11/20/2011 5:43:50 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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The Religion of Peace is at it again. I wonder if they’ll include this in that TLC propaganda series on Saracens(Muslims) in America.


19 posted on 11/20/2011 7:12:57 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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Is it easier to say “Upper Manhattan” than “Spanish Harlem?”


20 posted on 11/20/2011 8:18:23 PM PST by EDINVA
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21 posted on 11/20/2011 8:19:01 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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Not Spanish Harlem - Washington Heights, a different neighborhood in upper Manhattan - actually farther up than Spanish Harlem. It is known for its large Dominican population.


22 posted on 11/20/2011 8:58:00 PM PST by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the occupation)
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ON THE INTERNET:


NY DAILY NEWS.com: "TERROR SUSPECT JOSE PIMENTEL PLOTTED TO KILL COPS AND SOLDIERS WITH BOMBS HE WAS BUILDING IN MANHATTAN APARTMENT, AUTHORITIES SAY Suspect accused of using Al Qaeda recipe to build bombs" (SNIPPET: "Pimentel, who went by the alias Muhammad Yusuf, told an informant posing as an Al Qaeda sympathizer he would show "there was mujahedeen in the city ready to fight jihad here."" SNIPPET: "Pimentel openly pledged support for Al Qaeda on his own website, TrueIslam1.com.") (November 20, 2011, 7:05 pm) (Read More...)
Complaint - Link (Read More...)

Link (Note: Photos included.) (Read More...)

23 posted on 11/21/2011 2:38:13 AM PST by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 23:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/73312755/Jose-Pimentel-Complaint

SNIPPET: “Since at least October 2010, defendant JOSE PIMENTEL has maintained the website www.trueislam1.com (formerly Trueislam12.blogspot.com) (”True Islam”), which I have reviewed on numerous occasions.” SNIPPET: “On or about September 29, 2011, defendant delivered to the CI a flash drive containing six issues of Inspire Magazine, the Inspire Magazine article discussed above...”


24 posted on 11/21/2011 2:54:31 AM PST by Cindy
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To: free-in-nyc

My, how things have changed! My father grew up in Washington Heights when they were Irish/German/Jewish, etc. Of course, that was nearly a century ago. My own, limited, Manhattan experiences end somewhere around 86th Street.

Whatever problems there may be with the Dominican community, I don’t think they’re into terrorism. I DO think this guy, at least within that community, was a lone wolf nutjob.


25 posted on 11/21/2011 5:43:52 AM PST by EDINVA
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'Al Qaida sympathizer' arrested in terror plot

26 posted on 11/21/2011 6:29:44 AM PST by KeyLargo
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ADDING to post no. 23:

Photo with caption - quote:

http://yfrog.com/hsfk3kvij?&_suid=25

webradius 7 hours 56 mins ago Twitter

For the record, Mr. Pimentel appears to have been making a bomb on the *couch* of his mom, not in the kitchen. yfrog.com/hsfk3kvij


27 posted on 11/21/2011 3:00:09 PM PST by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 24 - Another complaint link (not scribd.com):

http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/jose-pimentel_complaint.pdf


28 posted on 11/21/2011 3:03:24 PM PST by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 23:

21 November 2011, 13:00

http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?358

“Jose Pimentel a/k/a Mohammad Yusuf”

SNIPPET: “A prominent and well-connected American jihadist, with an extremely large online footprint, Mr. Pimentel has been arrested by NYPD for violations of New York State’s anti-terrorism law.”


29 posted on 11/21/2011 3:08:44 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/3303/the-ideas-behind-the-alleged-bomber

“The Ideas Behind the Alleged Bomber”

IPT News
November 21, 2011

SNIPPET: “Often it’s the paper trail that brings down a would-be terrorist.

Accused lone-wolf jihadist Jose Pimentel was arrested as he assembled a pipe bomb in his home. But he leaves an extensive collection of writings and online postings which show his devotion to waging jihad in America.”

SNIPPET: “News reports indicate that the FBI declined to pursue Pimentel because agents considered him “mentally unstable” and not a serious threat. But Pimentel’s blog, monitored by law enforcement officials for the past year, shows sophisticated reasoning and articulate expression of why he wanted to kill Americans. It is rare that terrorists leave behind such a clear trail of their radicalization process, with detailed identification of the influences that motivated their actions.

The case shows that, although the release of English-language jihadi materials has taken a hit since the September killing of al-Qaida ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, the videos and writings he left behind still inspire terrorist plots.”

SNIPPET: “As if foreshadowing his own plot and subsequent demise, Pimentel also set up his website as a guide to everything a future would-be extremist would need. He stopped posting on the blog months before building his own bombs, leaving a huge volume of documents and his own posts as a legacy.”

SNIPPET: “”He made some of his even like-minded friends nervous,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He noted that the plot was the 14th directed at New York City since 9/11.”


30 posted on 11/22/2011 2:42:09 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/tuesdays-hadiths-of-the-day-from-jihad-bomb-plotter-muhammad-yusuf.html

“Tuesday’s hadiths of the day from jihad bomb plotter Muhammad Yusuf”

November 22, 2011


31 posted on 11/23/2011 4:28:14 AM PST by Cindy
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http://news.intelwire.com/2011/11/nyc-pipe-bomb-suspect-posted-on.html

November 21, 2011

“NYC pipe bomb suspect Jose Pimentel posted on Revolution Muslim”
Posted by J.M. Berger

SNIPPET: “Jose Pimentel, a devotee of American Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Awlaki arrested in New York this weekend for building a pipe bomb described in Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, posted entries at least twice on Islam Policy, the radical Web site previously known as Revolution Muslim.

Pimentel was a prolific blogger and highly connected social media user. He ran his own Web site, TrueIslam1, and at least twice cross-posted material to Islam Policy.

Revolution Muslim, a pro-Al Qaeda website founded by American radicals, was suspended briefly after one of its writers threatened the creators of South Park for depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

But the site soon returned, voluntarily changing its name to Islam Policy. The current leader of Islam Policy, Younus Abdullah Mohammed, was recently arrested and is now facing charges in relation to those threats. Another American, Zachary Chesser, was arrested in July 2010 and subsequently convicted for the same threats.

Pimentel posted on Revolution Muslim as “M. Yusuf” at least twice...”


32 posted on 11/24/2011 2:03:13 AM PST by Cindy
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To: februus

Leonard Cohen has a new song out... it’s my new favorite.

http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/oldideas


33 posted on 11/28/2011 7:25:23 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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http://s88179113.onlinehome.us/2011-11-23/Lieberman_Ltr_to_Google.pdf

#

http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?374-Dear-Google

“Dear Google...
Letter from Senator Lieberman regarding terrorist blogs.”
(November 23, 2011)


34 posted on 11/29/2011 12:55:05 AM PST by Cindy
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shuratulmujahideen.blogspot.com/2011/11/they-desire-to-put-out-light-of-allah.html

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011

SNIPPET: “After the arrest of our brother Muhammad Yusuf, who is also known as Jose Pimentel, for allegedly planning to set bombs off in New York and recruiting other brothers to do the same, of which is all lies aimed at scaring Muslims from using the internet and social networks for speaking the truth, Joseph Lieberman sent a letter to google calling on them to put in measures to restrict those who support the Mujahideen in using blogger as a platform to speak the truth.”

SNIPPET: “Due to America’s useless bureaucracies often its only until they receive a hard smack in the face do they realize they have any enemies. Often their only help comes from Jewish vigilantes such as the likes of forum.internet-haganah.com. The members of this forum spy on supporters of the mujahideen and collect information about them and their activities and give it to their governments who then make the arrests. I have found some of the blogs where they discuss their recent activities and share information between themselves.”


35 posted on 11/30/2011 2:32:10 AM PST by Cindy
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H/T:

twitter.com/#!/intelwire/status/143835522853388289

#

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/12/05/pimentels-terror-case-delayed-again/

DECEMBER 5, 2011, 3:43 PM ET
“Pimentel’s Terror Case Delayed Again”
By Pervaiz Shallwani

SNIPPET: “A grand jury decision against Jose Pimentel, the Harlem man accused of building pipe bombs in an alleged terrorist plot, was postponed until January during a hearing Monday.

During the brief hearing, the prosecutor and Pimentel’s court-appointed attorney told the judge that they agreed to extended the time allotted for a grand jury to weigh terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges.”


36 posted on 12/05/2011 6:29:08 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2487838/posts

#

NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/leader-of-revolution-muslim-pleads-guilty-to-using-internet-to-solicit-murder-and-encourage-violent-extremism

“Leader of Revolution Muslim Pleads Guilty to Using Internet to Solicit Murder and Encourage Violent Extremism”

U.S. Attorney’s Office
February 09, 2012

Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Jesse Curtis Morton, aka Younus Abdullah Muhammed, 33, of New York City, pleaded guilty today to using his position as a leader of Revolution Muslim Organization’s Internet sites to conspire to solicit murder, make threatening communications, and use the Internet to place others in fear.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.

Morton faces a maximum penalty five years in prison for each of the three charges when he is sentenced on May 18, 2012.

“Jesse Morton operated Revolution Muslim to radicalize those who saw and heard his materials online and to incite them to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim, but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Morton’s organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security. We’re grateful to the FBI, NYPD, and their law enforcement partners throughout the world who made today’s conviction possible.”

“Individuals such as Morton who encourage violence and create fear over the Internet are a danger to our society and to the freedoms we enjoy as citizens,” said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “Today’s plea, and other recent cases of those associated with Morton’s organization, demonstrate the widespread nature of this danger. Together with our partner law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the community, the FBI will continue to pursue those who promulgate violent extremism and promote the radicalization of others.”

“Fortunately, NYPD Intelligence Division detectives were in a position to learn exactly how Morton used the Internet to conspire to solicit murder, and how he encouraged others to solicit the murder of an artist whose material he deemed offensive,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “This important plea resulted because the NYPD’s monitoring of Morton’s activities, combined with the investigative and prosecutorial expertise of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, made for a strong case, in addition to a strong partnership.”

According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Morton founded Revolution Muslim in December 2007 and created various online forums that contained postings and information supportive of violent extremism. Morton and his associates used the organization’s websites to encourage Muslims to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam and to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others espousing violence. They posted messages in support of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the November 2009 killings at Ft. Hood and attacks and future threats against Jewish organizations, among others.

Through his online forums, Morton conspired with Zachary Chesser, of Fairfax County, Va., and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” movement in May 2010, including posting online a magazine that included the artist in a hit list for violent extremists to take out and a message from Anwar Al-Awlaki that explicitly called for the artist’s assassination. In justifying these actions, Morton posted online a speech of his asserting that “Islam’s position is that those that insult the Prophet may be killed” and exhorting his listeners to fight the “disbelievers near you.”

In addition, Morton admitted through his statement of facts that he aided Chesser in taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage violent extremists to attack the writers of South Park for an episode that featured Muhammad in a bear suit, including highlighting their residence and urging online readers to “pay them a visit.” Among the steps they took were posting on multiple occasions speeches by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which explained the Islamic justification for killing those who insult or defame Muhammad. Morton worked with Chesser to draft a message for the website regarding the South Park threats, including a quote from Osama bin Laden that “If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.” Morton and Chesser posted the final version of this statement on various extremist online forums, and Chesser told Morton that he expected the statement would “scare the kuffar.” Kuffar is an Arabic term, referring to an unbeliever, or disbeliever, in Islam.

Chesser was arrested on July 21, 2010, charged with providing material support to al Shabaab and later also pleaded guilty to communicating threats and soliciting violent extremists to desensitize law enforcement. Four days after Chesser’s arrest, Morton fled to Morocco, where he resided until his arrest on U.S. charges on May 26, 2011.

In his statement of facts, Morton admitted that the Revolution Muslim websites contained the writings of and/or contributed to the radicalization of individuals who were inclined to engage in violence, including the following:

Samir Khan, previously of Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Yemen in 2009, was authorized by Morton to post materials on Revolution Muslim, and Morton provided Khan with two articles for the first two online editions of Jihad Recollections, an online magazine dedicated to violent extremism. In July 2010, Morton posted the first edition of Inspire magazine, an English-language magazine supporting al Qaeda that Morton believed to be the product of Khan. The magazine included an eight-page article titled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of Your Mom,” with detailed instructions regarding the construction of an explosive device.

Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, of the United Kingdom, was provided the password to Revolution Muslim by Morton and given permission to post messages. In November 2010, Ahmad praised Roshonara Choundhry for attempting to kill a British member of parliament over his support for the Iraq war and posted a list of 383 members of parliament who had voted for the Iraq war, along with suggestions on how to get in to see them and a link to a store selling a weapon similar to that used in Choundhry’s attack. Ahmad told Morton that the purpose of the post was to “make those MPs fearful.”

Abdel Hameed Shehedah, a former resident of Staten Island, N.Y., who was charged in October 2010 of making false statements involving his alleged attempt to travel to Pakistan to join a fighting group such as the Taliban. The statement of facts states that Shehedah attended Revolution Muslim meetings, made his website, civiljihad.com, a feeder site for Revolution Muslim and eventually arranged for all visitors to his website be routed automatically to Revolution Muslim.com.

Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, Mass., was charged in September 2011 with plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. The statement of facts states that in February 2010, Ferdaus e-mailed Morton asking for counsel regarding his duties as a Muslim and whether martyrdom operations were proper practice. Morton replied that martyrdom operations must be judged by intention but can have “enormous benfits (sic) in a war of attrition.”

Colleen R. LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” of Montgomery County, Pa., was charged in March 2010 with a variety of terrorism-related offenses, including plotting to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who has been the subject of several murder threats based on his artwork depicting Muhammad. According to the statement of facts, Morton notified Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, a Muslim cleric convicted in the United Kingdom of soliciting murder, that LaRose was a subscriber to Revolution Muslim YouTube accounts.

Antonio Benjamin Martinez, of Baltimore, Md., was arrested and charged with plotting to bomb a military recruiting station in December 2010. The statement of facts states that one month prior to his arrest, Martinez viewed a video of Osama bin Laden and multiple terror training camp video clips on the Revolution Muslim website.

Jose Pimental, of New York City, was arrested and charged in November 2011 in connection with a plot to build and use a bomb to assassinate members of the U.S. military returning from active duty in Afghanistan. According to the statement of facts, Pimental contacted Morton saying that he was a big fan of Revolution Muslim, and that Morton recommended that Pimentel stay away from an individual because “there is high probability that he is working for the FBI.”

Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, both of New Jersey, were arrested in June 2010 on their way to Somalia to join a terrorist organization to kill individuals whose beliefs and practices did not accord with their ideology. The statement of facts states that both Alessa and Almonte were associates of Morton’s within the Revolution Muslim organization, and Morton was interviewed by investigators from the New York City Police Department on the day of their arrest.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and Karen L. Dunn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John T. Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section in the National Security Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.


37 posted on 02/10/2012 4:14:03 AM PST by Cindy
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Anyone else find it curious that this administration, who can't find their butt with a map and 360° mirror has been catching terrorists here in the U.S. with no incidents and 100% accuracy?

/adjusts tin foil - just in case it's just me

38 posted on 02/10/2012 4:44:34 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Obama - The United Nation's first U.S. Presidential Candidate)
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FOX NEWS.com (AP): New York - "MAN INDICTED ON TERROR CHARGES IN NYC BOMB CASE" (SNIPPET: "It accuses Jose Pimentel of both the initial terror charges against him..." SNIPPET: "The Dominican Republic-born al-Qaida sympathizer and Muslim convert was busy assembling his homemade bomb when he was arrested, authorities said.") (February 29, 2012) (Read More...)

39 posted on 03/01/2012 2:40:58 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

manhattanda.org/press-release/da-vance-jose-pimentel-pleads-guilty-state-terrorism-charge

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014

DA VANCE: JOSE PIMENTEL PLEADS GUILTY TO STATE TERRORISM CHARGE

Defendant Constructed Pipe Bombs, Targeted Civilians, United States Marines, and Soldiers Returning from Combat

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the guilty plea of JOSE PIMENTEL, a/k/a “Muhammad Yousuf,” a/k/a “Yusuf,” 29, for building improvised explosive devices to detonate in Manhattan, intending to target United States military personnel and civilians. The conviction was the result of a year-long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Investigation Division and the New York City Police Department. PIMENTEL pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism, and is expected to be sentenced on March 25, 2014.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said: “Manhattan continues to be the symbol of much that terrorists hate about the United States, so we remain a principal world target for terrorist attacks, both at home and from abroad.

“In the wake of September 11, 2001, New York lawmakers passed a state anti-terror law, designating as a crime of terrorism any crime of violence, or any criminal conspiracy to commit a crime of violence, that is committed with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. In December 2012, my Office secured the first conviction under this law against a terrorist, defendant Ahmed Ferhani. Today, defendant Jose Pimentel admitted to planning a terrorist attack using a pipe bomb. His violent ideology, and his plan to implement that ideology, came in least in part from Inspire Magazine, an Al Qaeda playbook.

“Pimentel’s conviction, and Ferhani’s before him, reminds us that the threat against us from home-grown terrorists is very real. We must and will remain vigilant and do everything we can to prevent future terror attacks, within the strictures of our system of laws. Along with our partners at the NYPD and in the federal government, we have been entrusted by New Yorkers to do just this, it is what we did in the Pimentel case, and this is what we have and will continue to do.”

NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton said: “This case highlights the well-established efforts of law enforcement and prosecutors in bringing about the arrest of a dangerous individual. This was a lone wolf who formulated a significant part of his terror plot through the use of the Internet. Fortunately this threat was thwarted through the coordinated intelligence and investigation.”

As admitted by the defendant in his guilty plea and according to documents filed in court, in October and November 2011, JOSE PIMENTEL collected components to build pipe bombs. Following a year-long investigation, PIMENTEL was arrested on November 19, 2011, by the NYPD Bomb Squad. The defendant had pipes with drilled holes; incendiary powder; electronic circuits that would have been used as ignition devices; clocks; and nails that would have been used to as shrapnel upon explosion. Each of the components seized was proscribed in a step-by-step guide in Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine on how to make a bomb designed to maximize casualties.

PIMENTEL also maintained his own website that contained links to bomb-making recipes. His website strongly advocated violence against United States citizens and government agencies, including police stations, political facilities, embassies, and airports.

According to documents filed in court, PIMENTEL made the following statements in recorded phone conversations:

• “That is what I really want to get into because it’s so cheap and it could do a lot of damage… and then that’s something worth going to jail for, you know. Like, if you get caught because you blew up half of a side of a police station.” Statement recorded on September 7, 2011.

• “You can just blow up random cars here and there.” Statement recorded on September 7, 2011.

• “We really have no excuses as Muslims here, you know, like, as jihadi Muslims in the West, we don’t have any excuse for not to be blowing shit up, and being, doing like how we doing bro. At the end of the day, you know what I’m saying, when you can make a bomb with like 20 to 30 to 40 dollars.” Statement recorded on October 18, 2011.

• “You know we could just take down a building with that, with one of them joints that we making anyways. All we got to do is put it in the, in the basement.” Statement recorded on November 19, 2011.

• “And I was thinking, like, this is what we should do: if we put it, the car has to be facing the direction that we’re going to exit. You feel me? That way, as soon as it blows off, blows up, we can just leave. You feel me? And we should put it in a bag that doesn’t look too suspicious, like a garbage bag.” Statement recorded on November 19, 2011.

In an unrelated case, on March 15, 2013, defendant Ahmed Ferhani was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in New York County Supreme Court to terror-related charges for plotting to bomb synagogues in Manhattan.

Assistant District Attorneys Deborah Hickey, Eli Cherkasky, Sophi Jacobs, John Chiara, Brian Weinberg, and former Assistant District Attorney Brian Fields prosecuted this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Daniel Brownell, Chief of the Rackets Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Trial Preparation Assistants William Arsenault, Kristin Schwam, and Ra’Anaa Samad assisted with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton and members of the Intelligence Division and Counter-Terrorism Bureau, including the following individuals: Inspector Paul Mauro, Detective Kevin Branzetti, Detective Sean Foley, Detective Laurence Perkin, former Detective Robert Roloph, and Analyst Ian Rosenberger. District Attorney Vance also thanked the New York City Bomb Squad for their assistance, including Lieutenant Mark Torre and Detective Paul Perricone.

Defendant Information:

JOSE PIMENTEL, a/k/a “Muhammad Yousuf,” a/k/a “Yusuf,” D.O.B. 11/8/1984
New York, NY

Convicted:
• Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism, a class B felony, one count

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