Skip to comments.Suspected Islamic extremist arrested in plan to bomb, shoot up Tampa-area sites
Posted on 01/10/2012 9:13:25 AM PST by Cronos
A Kosovo-born man was charged with plotting to attack Tampa-area nightclubs and a sheriffs office with bombs and an assault rifle to avenge wrongs done to Muslims, federal authorities said Monday.
According to a federal complaint, 25-year-old Sami Osmakac recorded an eight-minute video shortly before his arrest explaining why he wanted to bring terror to his victims hearts in the Tampa Bay area. Osmakac is a naturalized American citizen born in Kosovo, then part of the former Yugoslavia in eastern Europe.
In the video, Osmakac is seen cross-legged on the floor with a pistol in his hand and an AK-47 behind him. Osmakac said in the video that Muslim blood was more valuable than that of people who do not believe in Islam, according to the complaint. He said he wanted payback for wrong that was done to Muslims, according to the complaint.
..On Dec. 21, Osmakac met with the undercover agent and allegedly told the agent that he wanted to buy an AK-47-style machine gun, Uzi submachine guns, high capacity magazines, grenades and an explosive belt. During a later meeting, Osmakac gave the agent a $500 down payment for the items
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Another workplace violence statistic?
Local media is abuzz about this.
Pinellas Park is uncomfortably close to where I live. I’m glad they caught this guy, but he’d likely not have made it far had he started shooting.
I know a LOT of Tampa Bay area business folks who are well-armed during their day-to-day, esp. in downtown Tampa and St. Pete.
“to avenge wrongs done to Muslims”
Oh STFU. muslims murder more people EVERY WEEK around the world then any other single group. They oppress their own peoples, murder their own daughters, torture and rape as a daily activity. islam and those that follow it are EVIL!
I grew up off Belched Rd. Mom still there.
Good to know, the guy was turned in..by community members.
Hassan Shibly, director of CAIR's Florida chapter, said Osmakac had been banned from several mosques and "was no friend or supporter of the Muslim community."
Shibly characterized Osmakac as a "self-radicalized lone wolf" and said the local community played "a vital role" in bringing him to the attention of the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office.
Nonetheless, Shibly expressed "concern about a perception of entrapment" and said CAIR will monitor the case.
"The weapons and explosives were provided by the government. Was he just a troubled individual, or did he pose a real threat?" said Shibly, who was briefed by FBI agents prior to Osmakac's arraignment.
“Kosovo? Didn’t Clintoon make us “liberate” that place from the Serbs? Why are they attacking us?”.....
Yup. We bombed Belgrade and took out all the bridges over the Danube in order to somehow save the Kosovo Muslims from some sort of racist anhialation from those evil Serbs. I have read recently that there are almost no Serbian Orthodox Christians left now in Kosovo, as they have been run out of their homes since we “saved” Kosovo.
This is typical liberal gobbeldy-gook. They support the causes of evil-minded groups over that of Christian groups.
Why am I not surprised at this outcome? It was very clear to any clear thinking individual that the outcome was not going to be good. So, now we are faced with a Kosovo jihadist immigrant trying to terrorize the Tampa area.
I live off of Belcher in north Pinellas.
Pinellas Park is... well, as the saying goes, “The only thing that gets parked there is a trailer.”
1/2 the articles I’ve seen on this make no mention to him being a muslim extremist. God Help the sheep that follow the MSM blindly.
Shut the barn door already.
Grew up at Belched and Druid. Granny lived at On Top of the World.... small world...
I’ve been to OTotW quite a bit. Done some work in there as well.
Go Noles! (Alum here)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News: "TERROR IN TAMPA - CAIR DENIAL" (SNIPPET: ""We all have to die, so why not die the Islamic way?" Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old immigrant who plotted a suicide terror attack in Tampa, told a confidential informant. When the informer tried once more to dissuade him from his plans, by asking whether he wanted to get married and have children, Osmakac replied that he would build his family in Paradise." SNIPPET: "Despite Osmakac's commitment to carry out multiple deadly attacks, CAIR officials went on the offensive against the FBI for capturing another "innocent" Muslim.") (January 9, 2012) (Read More...)
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Florida Resident Charged with Plotting to Bomb Locations in Tampa
U.S. Attorneys Office
January 09, 2012
Middle District of Florida
TAMPA, FLA 25-year-old resident of Pinellas Park, Fla., has been charged in connection with an alleged plot to attack locations in Tampa with a vehicle bomb, assault rifle, and other explosives, announced Robert E. ONeill, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Steven E. Ibison, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Tampa Division.
Sami Osmakac, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo), was arrested Saturday night. He is charged in a criminal complaint in the Middle District of Florida with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) and is scheduled to make his initial appearance today at 2:00 p.m. EST, in federal court, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli, in Tampa. If convicted, Osmakac faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The arrest of Osmakac was the culmination of an undercover operation during which Osmakac was closely monitored by law enforcement officials for several months. The explosives and firearms that he allegedly sought and attempted to use were rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public.
The perseverance and diligence of law enforcement caused this investigation to conclude in a successful manner, said U.S. Attorney ONeill. I would like to commend them for their hard work. This investigation was also predicated, in part, by assistance from the Muslim community. I would like to thank them as well.
The facts as alleged in this case underscore the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad. Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, this alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed, said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. I applaud the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who worked together to ensure this matter was resolved safely.
The Tampa FBI Division has always considered its relationships with regional community groups throughout Central and Southwest Florida extremely important. In this case, we are grateful for the Muslim communitys continued support. This incident clearly demonstrated how citizens can help law enforcement keep our neighborhoods and our nation safe, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Ibison.
According to the complaint affidavit, in Sept. 2011, the FBI received information from a confidential human source (CHS) indicating that Osmakac had asked for al Qaeda flags. In November 2011, Osmakac and the CHS discussed and identified potential targets, in Tampa, where Osmakac intended on carrying out violent attacks. Osmakac allegedly asked the CHS for help in obtaining firearms and explosives for the attacks. The CHS indicated that he/she knew someone who might be able to provide firearms and explosives and introduced Osmakac to an undercover FBI employee.
The complaint alleges that Osmakac met with the undercover FBI employee, in person, on Dec. 21, 2011, and stated that he wished to acquire an AK-47-style machine gun, Uzi submachine guns, high capacity magazines, grenades and an explosive belt. In a subsequent meeting, Osmakac allegedly provided the undercover FBI employee with a $500 down payment for an AK-47, multiple homemade explosive grenades and the explosive belt.
According to the complaint, Osmakac also asked the undercover employee whether he/she could build bombs that could be placed in three different vehicles and detonated remotely, near where Osmakac would conduct a follow-up attack using the other weapons he requested. The undercover employee said he/she could possibly provide explosives for one vehicle. Osmakac also allegedly said that he wanted an explosive belt constructed to kill people.
During a subsequent meeting with the FBI undercover employee on Jan. 1, 2012, Osmakac allegedly described his attack plans by stating that he wanted to obtain a hotel room; park the vehicle with the bomb in it at his target; leave the area; detonate the car bomb; and then retrieve the weapons and explosives from the hotel room. Among Osmakacs alleged bomb targets were night clubs in the Ybor City area of Tampa, the operations center of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office in Ybor City and a business in the South Tampa area of Tampa.
The complaint alleges that, as part of the second portion of his planned attack, Osmakac told the undercover FBI employee that, after the car bomb was detonated, he wanted to use the explosive belt to get in somewhere where theres a lot of people and take hostages. He allegedly stated that he would then make demands of the FBI to release some prisoners. According to the criminal complaint, when discussing law enforcement officers that might respond to the scene, Osmakac allegedly stated, once I have this . . . they can take me in five million pieces in an apparent reference to the explosive belt that would be attached to his waist.
During the Jan. 1st meeting, the undercover FBI employee noted that Osmakac could change his mind and back out of the plot. According to the complaint, Osmakac immediately shook his head in the negative and stated, We all have to die, so why not die the Islamic way?
On Jan. 7, 2012, FBI agents arrested Osmakac after he took possession of the explosive devices and firearms that had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement. The complaint alleges that, shortly prior to his arrest, Osmakac made a video of himself explaining his motives for carrying out the planned violent attack.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI Tampa Division and the Tampa Joint Terrorism Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Florida, with assistance from Trial Attorney Clem McGovern of the Counterterrorism Section in the Department of Justices National Security Division.
The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations. As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Florida Resident Indicted for Attempting to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction
U.S. Attorneys Office
February 02, 2012
Middle District of Florida
TAMPA, FLUnited States Attorney Robert E. ONeill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Sami Osmakac (25, Pinellas Park) with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and with possession of an unregistered machine gun. If convicted on all counts, Osmakac faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Osmakac that the United States intends to forfeit certain firearms and ammunition, which are alleged to have been involved in the commission of the offense.
According to the indictment, from at least as early as on or about November 18, 2011, and continuing until on or about January 7, 2012, Osmakac attempted to use weapons of mass destruction against persons and property in the United States. Additionally, on January 7, 2012, Osmakac possessed a machine gun without the firearm being registered to him on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the FBI Tampa Division and the Tampa Joint Terrorism Task Force. It will be prosecuted by United States Attorney Robert E. ONeill and Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney, with assistance from Trial Attorney Clement McGovern of the Counterterrorism Section in the Department of Justices National Security Division.
Reminds me of Orlando.
Gee, I wish the media would actually look at a map...
Pinellas Park is at least 20 miles away from Tampa...
There is a major city much closer than Tampa as in St. Petersburg...