The NYPD busted a lone-wolf al-Qaida sympathizer from Washington Heights who was an hour away from finishing a bomb meant to blow up cop cars, postal facilities and soldiers returning home from abroad, authorities announced last night.
Jose Pimentel, 27, a U.S. citizen born in the Dominican Republic, was arrested Saturday and charged with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts after police learned he had purchased bomb-making materials and was starting to construct at least one weapon. The NYPD had been monitoring him since May 2009.
"Over two years ago, the NYPD became aware of a follower of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki ... [who] had talked about becoming a martyr in the name of jihad," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "That was Jose Pimentel."
Kelly was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and District Attorney Cy Vance at the announcement at City Hall. The bomb, presented at the news conference, was powerful enough to blow up a car, Kelly said.
Pimentel's primary targets included the NYPD, postal facilities and military personnel returning home from tours overseas, officials said.
He had initially planned to test his bomb in a mailbox, and was within an hour of finishing his first, officials said. They added, however, that the city wasn't sure where specifically Pimentel was planning to attack. Both Bloomberg and Kelly stressed that Pimentel was acting alone and was not part of a larger plot against the city.
Kelly said that Pimentel had been planning to build and detonate the weapon since August, but his plans greatly accelerated when al-Awlaki was killed in a CIA drone attack in September.
"We know for the last two years he's been reading a lot of jihadist [material] and has talked a lot of inflammatory rhetoric," Kelly said. "But it appears at this juncture that the death of al-Awlaki was what motivated him and made him increase his tempo."
Kelly added that Pimentel tried to contact al-Awlaki, but there was no indication that he received a response. He added that Pimentel talked about changing his name to Osama Hussein.
Unlike many previous terrorism arrests in New York, this one went forward without the help of the FBI, which Kelly said was because Pimentel was an imminent threat.
"The FBI was fully informed of this case," Kelly said, but "because of the immediacy of the situation, that was a significant factor in making the arrest" on Saturday using state terrorism laws.
Officials said this was the 14th terror threat against the city foiled since 9/11.
In an interview with New York police, Pimentel admitted he "took active steps to build the bomb, including shaving the match heads and drilling holes in the pipes," according to court documents.
Bloomberg reminded New Yorkers that terror threats have simply become a fact of life.
"Because we are an iconic city, a city that welcomes people from around the world ... people that want to take away our freedom gravitate to and focus on us," he said.
"It is a battle that perhaps we'll never win, but we have to make sure that we don't lose," he added.
Muselmaniacs have joined forces with the “Occupiers” to redistribute (your) wealth.
On November 18th, 2011, Muslims held a rally in New York City. The point of the rally was supposedly to protest the NYPD’s surveillance of the Muslim community. As the rally progressed, however, Muslim leaders acknowledged that they share the goals of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, especially seizing and redistributing wealth. Indeed, Muslims claimed that the redistribution of wealth is commanded by Allah.Leftists and Islamic Supremacists United
David Wood of Answering Musims was at the New York Muslim protest against counter-terrorism measures. Wood adds, “Muslim leaders claimed that the Occupiers were doing the work of Allah, and that Allah commands Muslims to seize and redistribute wealth. They also linked the ‘Arab Spring’ with the ‘Occupy’ movement. If Muslims are claiming it, I’m not sure how the media can keep denying it.”
On November 18th, 2011, Muslims held a rally in New York City. The point of the rally was supposedly to protest the NYPD’s surveillance of the Muslim community. As the rally progressed, however, Muslim leaders acknowledged that they share the goals of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, especially seizing and redistributing wealth. Indeed, Muslims claimed that the redistribution of wealth is commanded by Allah.Note the (minute 2:27) outrage solidarity expressed for their “colleague” Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who died in a gun battle with federal agents, yes, a gun fight, when the devout imam refused to surrrender to authorities to face various criminal charges.
Abdullah is the spiritual leader of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years, and known to be armed. According to the report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI was in the midst of arresting Abdullah and 10 of his followers on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms.
According to a preliminary report obtained by NACOP, Abdullah was killed while exchanging gunfire with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.
Abdullah was the leader of part of an group of Islamists who call themselves Ummah (“the brotherhood”), a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a separate Sharia-law governed state within the United States. (here)
The Ummah is ruled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, a 1960s radical and Black Panther.
NYC: Hamas-Linked CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood Groups Demand, “Pray” For End to Law Enforcement Measures to Fight Islamic Terrorism
Spaniards are expected to throw out the Socialists they blame for a disastrous economic situation in an election on Sunday and to vote in a center-right party likely to dole out more bitter medicine in the form of public spending cuts.
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Opinion polls show the People's Party (PP), led by Mariano Rajoy, has an unassailable lead over the ruling Socialists, who have led the country from boom to bust in seven years in power.Voters are angry with the Socialists for failing to act swiftly to prevent the economic slide and then for bringing in austerity measures that have cut wages, benefits and jobs.Yet people are now resigned to further slashes in spending on health and education in the midst of a European debt crisis that has toppled the governments of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy and pushed Spain's borrowing costs ever higher."I'm going to vote for the PP, just for a change. We need to bring in people to straighten this out. It's outrageous to have 5 million people unemployed. They have to do something, I don't know what," said 35-year-old Angel, queuing at a benefits office in Madrid after losing his job as a bus driver.Spain's grim economic outlook dominated the election campaign.The country is home to nearly one third of the euro zone's unemployed, with one in five Spanish workers without a job, and its economy is threatening to slip into recession next year for the second time in three years.Rajoy, who led his party in two previous failed parliamentary election campaigns, is likely to win an absolute majority giving him a clear mandate to enforce the deep cuts seen as necessary to balance Spain's books.The 56-year-old will not be sworn in until December.But he will be eager to lay out plans during the handover period to reassure fraught markets that have lost faith in the euro zone project.Spain's borrowing costs touched euro-era highs in the week running up to the election and came perilously close to the 7 percent level at which other euro zone nations like Ireland and Greece sought international bail-outs.Farewell to SocialistsVoting stations close at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Sunday and complete election results are expected a few hours later.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero decided against running for a third term as his approval ratings sank during the worst economic slowdown in modern times.The Socialists chose veteran politician Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba as their leader for the campaign, but he has struggled to differentiate himself from Zapatero, since he served in his cabinet for years, most recently as his deputy.
On the eve of the election, around 200 demonstrators from the "Indignados" movement gathered in the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid to protest against the main political parties, a fraction of the thousands that flocked there earlier this year."The situation in Spain is very bad and we have to protest," said demonstrator Luis Garcia, who cannot get a steady job and lives from giving occasional private language lessons. "The two main parties are the serfs of the bankers."The movement, largely composed of young people, began in May when Spaniards took to the streets to decry government policies they said offered them no future. More than 45 percent of Spaniards under 25 are out of work, the worst rate in Europe.The protests, which inspired Occupy Wall Street and other movements across the globe, have petered out in recent weeks but could start up again once Rajoy's spending cuts bite.Spain joined the euro in 1999 and enjoyed years of prosperity and a real estate boom driven by cheap credit.When the property market crashed in 2007 the government, companies and consumers all found themselves over their heads in debt.The austerity measures, along with bail-outs and forced relapitalization of banks, have succeeded so far in keeping the country from an international rescue.Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.via cnbc.comthis is a very good thing... for America
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — Evangelical Christians are using high-tech devices such as solar-powered talking bibles to proselytize to Malay Muslims in Selangor, state lawmaker Datuk Hasan Ali said today.
Hasan, who is in charge of the state’s Islamic affairs portfolio, said the state’s religious authority (Jais) had discovered that Christian missionaries were now spreading their gospel through technologically-advanced means apart from setting up welfare groups providing cash and other financial aid to single mothers and the destitute.
He added that Jais’s research showed Christian evangelists were spreading their faith to young Muslim students in free tuition classes and counselling sessions, besides distributing Christian pamphlets in public places, homes, universities and places that were ostensibly called “community centres” to carry out their evangelical work.
The ex-PAS state commissioner disclosed this in a written reply to a question from Umno-Sungai Burong assemblyman Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias.
According to a website called Book of Joe, the palm-sized radio-like device contains all the books in the New and Old Testaments and is fitted with batteries that will run for almost 10 hours before needing to be recharged, whether by the sun, a light bulb or a nine-volt AC adapter. It costs only US$99.95 (RM310).
This latest disclosure, after a controversial August 3 raid by Selangor Islamic authorities on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya, could trigger another Christian-Muslim conflict.
Christian leaders have consistently denied claims that they are attempting to convert Muslims, but relations between the two creeds with roots in the Middle East continue to smoulder in multi-religious, multi-cultural Malaysia where the religion of the federation is Islam as stated in the Federal Constitution.
Hasan said Jais is working to counter Christian proselytism of Muslims by holding sessions to clarify Islamic doctrine and its laws.
The lawmaker said Jais is also seeking to strengthen the enforcement of the Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment 1988 as well as the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 1995.
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