Abdul, Daoud, Hamza, and Amin want to blow something up. What will they choose?
A) A Jewish Place of Worship
B) Two Jewish Places of Worship
C) An Airplane
D) All of the Above
Yesterday the FBI brought down a group of four individuals who intended to blow up two synagogues and an airplane simultaneously with hopes of creating a "fireball that would make the country gasp."
When they were arrested they had already parked plastic-explosive-laden cars outside of two Riverdale Synogogues and were on their way to Stewart Air National Guard Base to take aim at an aircraft bound for the Middle East.
You'll never guess what their names were. According to the LA Times "The men were identified as James Cromitie, also known as Abdul Rahman; David Williams, or Daoud; Onta Williams, or Hamza; and Laguerre Payen, or Amin."
The group might have succeeded too if the guys who sold them the plastic explosives weren't actually undercover FBI agents who pulled a Dr. Emmett Brown move supplying the terrorists with fake weapons.
Wait. A year-long investigation? And the LA Times says the investigation began in July 2008? What was happening in July 2008?
Sources said the four men were arrested after a year-long investigation that began when an informant connected to a mosque in Newburgh said he knew men who wanted to buy explosives.
FBI agents supplied them with what they billed as C-4 plastic explosives and a Stinger missile.
The weaponry was all phony.
"The bombs had been made by FBI technicians," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "They were totally inert."
Senator/Candidate Barack Obama was
- criticizing the Bush administration saying that, "Iraq is not the central front in the war on terror."
- still reeling from his sit-down-and-talk-without-preconditions comments
- promoting the closing of Guantanamo Bay because he felt it was being used to embolden the terrorists
- introduced his plan to shift the focus of the war to Afghanistan
In July ,... the informant told Cromitie that he was a member of a Pakistani militant group with ties to Al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and Cromitie said he wanted to join so he could "do jihad" because U.S. soldiers were killing so many Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan.So while Obama was criticizing Bush for being too focused on Iraq, the Bush administration was actually preparing to take these guys down. And while Obama wanted to sit-and-talk, Bush was using subterfuge to foil a major terror plot. And while Obama claimed that GITMO was responsible for emboldening the terrorists, the terrorists themselves claimed to be emboldened by the war in Afghanistan.
Remind me again. Where did Obama say he wanted to focus the fight instead of Iraq?
So 121 days out of office, that crazy Bush administration is still at it: keeping you safe.