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SAMARITAN THIEF ALERTS COPS TO 'TERROR' VAN
NY POST ^ | 4 july 2008 | LARRY CELONA

Posted on 07/05/2008 4:43:57 AM PDT by csvset

He's a criminal, but he "did the right thing" when it mattered - alerting cops to what he feared was a terror plot the day before the Fourth of July.

At about 5 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified thief with a police record broke into a red van that had been parked at 53rd Street and Second Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park for about a month, a source told The Post.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: New York
KEYWORDS: domesticterrorism; jihadinamerica; nyc; nypd; wot; yungtang
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Huh.
1 posted on 07/05/2008 4:46:01 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
Even the bad guys love their country!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 07/05/2008 4:48:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: csvset

Honor among thieves?


3 posted on 07/05/2008 4:53:13 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: G.Mason

It would seem so.

That guy might be a thief, but apparently deep down there is a reserve of patriotic blood.

Good for him, lucky us.


4 posted on 07/05/2008 4:57:04 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: goldstategop

I think this tarnished patriot just earned his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.


5 posted on 07/05/2008 4:58:16 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: csvset
The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school. So he drove the van 15 blocks to 37th Street and parked it at a desolate waterfront location behind the Costco store and next to some little-used piers.

I can't decide if that was unbelievably brave or unbelievably stupid. I guess since nothing happened on the 15 block drive, I'll go with brave...damn brave.

6 posted on 07/05/2008 4:58:47 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: csvset
The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school.

Well, I guess we know who the owners of the van were.

7 posted on 07/05/2008 4:59:31 AM PDT by livius
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To: tsmith130
can't decide if that was unbelievably brave or unbelievably stupid

Stupid. They didn't identify the explosive, but moos love to brew TATP "Mother of Satan". The stuff blows up if you jiggle it.

As much as I hate thieves, at least this one doesn't approve of murdering innocents.

8 posted on 07/05/2008 5:03:16 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: csvset

It’s a sad day when a penny-ante thief is more patriotic than most of the democrats in Congress, etc..


9 posted on 07/05/2008 5:03:23 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only the Marxist Obama can!)
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To: livius

Yeah, damn ballerinas. Ya just can’t trust ‘em!


10 posted on 07/05/2008 5:04:00 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: csvset

Update(?)

Van left on Brooklyn street packed with hazardous material tied to blast suspect

BY SCOTT SHIFREL and JONATHAN LEMIRE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 12:03 AM

Van was parked for weeks, then thief broke in and called cops about find. Keivom/News

Van was parked for weeks, then thief broke in and called cops about find.

A van loaded with gasoline cans, wires and switches that prompted police to swarm a desolate Brooklyn street may belong to a suspect already in federal custody for alleged bomb-making, law enforcement sources said Friday.

The red Ford with mismatched license plates in Sunset Park contained explosives nearly identical to those previously used by Yung (Mark) Tang, who once tried to blow up a renter during a landlord-tenant dispute, sources said.

Investigators crawled over the van at 37th St. and Second Ave. Friday and discovered several 5-gallon containers and 12-ounce water bottles filled with a clear liquid that smelled like gasoline, according to a police source.

The jugs were connected with wires but no obvious detonator could be found, the source said.

"The bomb squad believes they seem similar, and it was found within a few blocks of [Tang's] house," a source said.

Investigators believe that the van had been parked at 53rd St. and Second Ave. for more than a month, and its dangerous cargo was discovered only after a car thief broke into the vehicle Thursday afternoon.

When the thief realized what was inside, he ditched it on a quiet stretch of 37th St. and called the police.

"He thought it might have been terrorism on the day before the Fourth of July, so he called the cops," said an NYPD source, adding it was unlikely the man would be charged in the van break-in.

Although the vehicle was found near where Tang, 38, had lived with his estranged wife, he has been held since May at a federal detention facility in Rhode Island after being caught with explosives in a vehicle while traveling from New York to Massachusetts.

Investigators think he may have been planning to threaten his wife with explosives.

He also faces 50 years for attempted murder, arson and other charges in state court in Brooklyn related to a 2002 bomb attack on a tenant.

The NYPD did not officially identify a suspect Friday, and Tang's lawyer denied his client was connected to the van.

"It may make for a very interesting news story," said George Farkas, "but as far as I know this has nothing to do with my client."

sshifrel@nydailynews.com

With Kamelia Angelova

11 posted on 07/05/2008 5:07:22 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

how many more of these are parked around the country?


12 posted on 07/05/2008 5:07:36 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: csvset

thanks


13 posted on 07/05/2008 5:09:52 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: BuffaloJack; All; Calpernia; MizSterious

I’ll admit I am on my first cup of coffee this morning and maybe not fully awake.

I read this article and never could find where it said what they found in this van. Did I miss something? What did they find in the van?


14 posted on 07/05/2008 5:12:14 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly!


15 posted on 07/05/2008 5:14:53 AM PDT by twntaipan (NOBAMA! Say No to B.O.!)
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To: csvset

Thanks. I posted my previous comments before you did this. I couldn’t figure out, from the other story posted, what they found.


16 posted on 07/05/2008 5:15:52 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
He was stunned when he looked inside - it was filled with gas cans and Styrofoam cups containing a mysterious white substance with protruding wires and switches.
17 posted on 07/05/2008 5:15:54 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bingo

It’s a sad day when a penny-ante thief is more patriotic than most of the democrats in Congress, etc..


18 posted on 07/05/2008 5:16:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: csvset

Update Pt 2

Background on Yung Tang

Yung W. Tang, a citizen of China who lives in Greenwood Lake, New York has been tied to a variety of wild incidents, that includes a bombing of a tenant who was behind in his rent, having bomb components in a van parked in a preschool parking lot during a period of time he was involved in a divorce, and accompanied by a claim from his estranged wife that he threatened to throw her overboard while the pair was on a family cruise.

The attorney for Tang, denies the charges, but the evidence strongly suggests that Tang was about to kidnap his wife and then blow up the van they were in.

Tang was found sleeping in the van, parked in a preschool parking lot in Wallingford, Connecticut. Inside the van police found a black duffel bag containing what appeared to be the components of a pipe bomb; another bag containing a fake mustache, makeup, and gum remover; a digital timer and a bag containing wires and caps, authorities said. This was three days after the bombing of the tenant.

Tang also had two improvised explosive devices, two radio-controlled initiators that could be used to remotely activate a bomb, two firearm silencers, a pair of clear plastic gloves, a knit hat that can cover an entire face and what appeared to be gun powder as well as other suspicious items.

Police say the contents of the van would have caused a huge explosion that would have devastated the van and everything in it, as well as buildings in the surrounding area.

Tang said he was sleeping in the parking lot because he became tired driving from Boston to New York. That parking lot just happened to be close to where his wife lived.
Mrs. Tang alleges that her husband assaulted her and threatened to throw her off a cruise ship.

Court papers allege, "Stated simply, the status of the defendant's relationship with his wife, including the divorce, the claims to the marital property and the defendant's being restrained from proximity to his wife and children, all provide a motive for the defendant to have loaded a van with a highly dangerous and destructive mix of prohibited explosives, and parked it in close proximity to where his wife lives _ and where she could most easily be found and abducted inside the van; and the prior, alleged threats and assaults show that the defendant was quite capable of seeking to inflict such harm upon his wife."

Mr. Tang has pleaded not guilty to the Connecticut charges and has not been charged with the bomb components found in the van. Prosecutors say he may not be charged with the current incriminating collection of explosives and crime concealing apparatus if there is a plea to the Connecticut case.

19 posted on 07/05/2008 5:21:23 AM PDT by csvset
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To: livius

It’s possible it belongs to a crazy Chinese SOB, named Yung Tang. At any rate, good on the car thief to alert the cops.


20 posted on 07/05/2008 5:29:23 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

” Mr. Tang has pleaded not guilty to the Connecticut charges and has not been charged with the bomb components found in the van. Prosecutors say he may not be charged with the current incriminating collection of explosives and crime concealing apparatus if there is a plea to the Connecticut case. “

Can’t tell if this is incredible incompetence on the part of the Legal System, incredibly bad reporting, or just caffeine deprivation on my part — but this just does not ring true....

Taking this last paragraph at face value gives rise to visions of a broom and a very ugly rug.....


21 posted on 07/05/2008 5:32:41 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: G.Mason
Honor among thieves?

Thief: In Brooklynese: I'm a thief, but I ain't a terrorist!

22 posted on 07/05/2008 5:37:05 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Very strange. It was sitting there for a month? Definitely good on the thief!


23 posted on 07/05/2008 5:37:40 AM PDT by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...a penny-ante thief is more patriotic than most of the democrats in Congress, etc..
LOL!...patriotic?...your way, way too kind...(no coffee this morning :)
...while I agree (mostly) w/ your comment....
Liberal Democrats, et al...are clearly actively supporting the Terrorists...as well as other "terrorists' activities" preceding 9/11.

24 posted on 07/05/2008 5:38:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (If you aren't "advancing" your arguments,your losing "the battle of Ideas"...libs,hates the facts 8^)
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To: csvset
"Thief: In Brooklynese: I'm a thief, but I ain't a terrorist!"


Boy ... isn't that the truth? At least it was when I left New Joisey.

25 posted on 07/05/2008 5:46:04 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: livius
It was sitting there for a month?

Yeah, Yung was in jail for his other bomb mobile incident. I did a google on the location where the van was found. It looks like a vehicle could be parked there for a month and not attract much attention, unless you're a car thief.

I guess he didn't have anyone to pick up his car bomb for him. ;)

26 posted on 07/05/2008 5:49:37 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
Although the vehicle was found near where Tang, 38, had lived with his estranged wife, he has been held since May at a federal detention facility in Rhode Island after being caught with explosives in a vehicle while traveling from New York to Massachusetts.

Tang was found sleeping in the van, parked in a preschool parking lot in Wallingford, Connecticut. Inside the van police found a black duffel bag containing what appeared to be the components of a pipe bomb; another bag containing a fake mustache, makeup, and gum remover; a digital timer and a bag containing wires and caps, authorities said. This was three days after the bombing of the tenant.

Is it normal to be held in Rhode Island when you were arrested in Connecticut? Is it because the Rhode Island facility is a federal one....or is this just shoddy reporting?

27 posted on 07/05/2008 5:56:56 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130
I found this Wyatt Detention

..privately operated security detention center developed and constructed for the U.S. Marshals Service, to house medium to maximum-security pre-trial adult male detainees.

Transport inmates to the Districts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont courthouses.

28 posted on 07/05/2008 6:16:23 AM PDT by csvset
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To: livius

A pic of the perp.

He's been in jail since January when he was picked up in Connecticut. The van that was stolen in NYC, either had to have been there longer than a month, or someone did move it for him.

Some more info regarding the bombing back in 2002 is available here.

Man Charged With Possessing Explosive Materials

29 posted on 07/05/2008 6:30:08 AM PDT by csvset
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To: BuffaloJack
I think this tarnished patriot just earned his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.

No problem. so long as he only gets to use it ONCE! Somebody, offer him a JOB.

30 posted on 07/05/2008 6:42:26 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW!)
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To: csvset

A small muslim school.....total coincidence?


31 posted on 07/05/2008 6:59:43 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: yldstrk

Could be. I wonder where Yang got his bomb training from? The web? Fwiw, He did bomb a Jewish guy back back in 2002. That may have been a business dispute.


32 posted on 07/05/2008 7:06:00 AM PDT by csvset
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To: JimRed

> I think this tarnished patriot just earned his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.
>> No problem. so long as he only gets to use it ONCE! Somebody, offer him a JOB.

Never implied that he should get 2 chances. He used it already when they didn’t charge him. If he wants another, then he needs to earn another.


33 posted on 07/05/2008 7:06:24 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: tsmith130

> can’t decide if that was unbelievably brave or unbelievably stupid

I’d bet it was neither. I bet that he was already driving when he thought “What is that smell?”; and then it was too late.


34 posted on 07/05/2008 7:08:53 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: csvset

Find it hard to believe that a van with mis-matched could be left on the street in Brooklyn for a month and not be covered with tickets.


35 posted on 07/05/2008 7:17:52 AM PDT by Roccus (Someday it'll all make sense.....maybe.)
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To: Roccus; csvset
s/b mis-matched plates
36 posted on 07/05/2008 7:18:58 AM PDT by Roccus (Someday it'll all make sense.....maybe.)
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To: gusopol3
how many more of these are parked around the country?

Well as some parts of the country hit 100 degree temperatures and interior temperatures of cars rise much higher than that, might we soon discover some "abandoned" vehicles spontaneously combusting?

37 posted on 07/05/2008 7:22:03 AM PDT by weegee (CHANGE? A more truthful slogan would be to proclaim Obama the candidate of FLIP FLOP.)
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To: csvset

Because this suspect has been in custody for awhile already, and the car theif had been scoping the vehicle for a month without movement, it seems doubtful that there was a plan linked to July 4 (unless someone had left the vehicle in place and then RECENTLY stockpiled the bomb materials).


38 posted on 07/05/2008 7:27:38 AM PDT by weegee (CHANGE? A more truthful slogan would be to proclaim Obama the candidate of FLIP FLOP.)
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To: csvset

Out of all the bad he had done, he did something really good; possibly saving many lives.

Trusting a policeman who he had known during his criminal career enough to call him with what he had found/stolen.....amazing.


39 posted on 07/05/2008 7:53:22 AM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: livius

According to the actual article, it belongs to a Chinese national who is in prison right now.....


40 posted on 07/05/2008 7:55:11 AM PDT by trimom
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To: skinkinthegrass
LOL!...patriotic?...your way, way too kind...(no coffee this morning :) ...while I agree (mostly) w/ your comment.... Liberal Democrats, et al...are clearly actively supporting the Terrorists...as well as other "terrorists' activities" preceding 9/11

Darlin, you can't be using small fonts like that if you expect us old folk (above 40) to be able to focus our defective eyes to see what you wrote. Font size 24 will do next time. Carry on.

41 posted on 07/05/2008 8:00:17 AM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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LOL!.....ahem, I'm 53....wearing G.P. Contact lens and wearing bifocals.

42 posted on 07/05/2008 9:47:00 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (If you aren't "advancing" your arguments,your losing "the battle of Ideas"...libs,hates the facts 8^)
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To: csvset

Not much information in the article...

Just another “since nothing happened there wasn’t really a threat” response from the MSM...

Don’t want to upset the natives, don’t-cha-know...

Mark


43 posted on 07/05/2008 10:10:53 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: csvset

...in related news, the NYPD has reported that one of its unmarked cars has been stolen from the site of a crime scene investigation in Brooklyn.


44 posted on 07/05/2008 10:24:02 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

Car 54 where are you?


45 posted on 07/05/2008 11:16:35 AM PDT by csvset
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"a penny-ante thief is more patriotic than most of the democrats in Congress, etc.."

If we could 'trade' the 'Rats and RINOs in Congress for the same number of prisoners we might actually see an improvement in governance -- they'd probably at least grasp the need to destroy our enemies -- and at least we wouldn't have to see Harry "The Undertaker" Reid's ugly mug around any more!!
46 posted on 07/06/2008 8:46:09 AM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Wesley Clark I knew!")
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To: Malsua

Of course, the likely bomber isn’t Muslim.


47 posted on 07/06/2008 8:51:58 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: weegee
Well as some parts of the country hit 100 degree temperatures and interior temperatures of cars rise much higher than that, might we soon discover some "abandoned" vehicles spontaneously combusting?

I was supposed to receive a corked (commercial, not homemade) microbrew yesterday to write a review...but on the way to my place, the driver had to stop and clean up because it had exploded on the front seat and soaked the whole front with beer. (Gondring is highly disappointed!)

Any ideas on getting the beer out of the seat would be appreciated!

48 posted on 07/06/2008 8:57:39 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: livius

I guess we know who can’t read.


49 posted on 07/06/2008 9:11:26 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: goldstategop
Even the bad guys love their country!

Yep.
I always kind of chuckle when I watch "The Godfather"...especially
when the rather rotund associate is teaching Michael Corleone
how to "neutralize" the corrupt police chief and another mobster
during the meeting in the Italian restaurant.

The fat man's little speech about the family pride in Michael's
military service and about how it was crazy to not stop Hitler
early on...
Even a mob guy is smarter on international diplomacy than
a liberal politician/PhD.
PRICELESS.
50 posted on 07/06/2008 10:03:54 AM PDT by VOA
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