Thursday, May 21, 2009

Four US Muslims Arrested in Synagogue Bombing Plot

This is with thanks to Little Green Footballs, whom I enjoy for their news, but they are horribly biased on issues of origins (Philosophical Naturalists -- see also: Worldviews). (Ah, I will re-post those as well.)

Four US citizens have been arrested in upstate New York after an FBI sting operation; I had to search Google News for information on the suspects because most US media are concealing the fact that they’re Muslims connected to a mosque in Newburgh: Four Arrested Over ‘Plot To Bomb Synagogue’.

Four men have been arrested in a suspected plot to bomb a New York synagogue and shoot down military aircraft.

They had been sold “an inactive missile and inert explosives” by an FBI informant, US officials said.

A statement from the district attorney said the charges related to an alleged plot to plant explosives near a synagogue in the Riverdale area of the Bronx.

It also allegedly included a plan to shoot down planes at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport, Newburgh using “Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles,” the statement added.

The suspects have been named as James Cromitie, also known as Abdul Rahman; David Williams, also known as Daoud or “DL”; Onta Williams, also called Hamza; and Laguerre Payen, who also used the names Amin and Almondo.

The complaint alleges Cromitie told the informant he was angry over the war in Afghanistan when they met in June 2008. He “expressed an interest in ‘doing something to America’,” the complaint added.

UPDATE at 5/20/09 9:10:47 pm:

Not a word about the militant Islamic connection in this report at New York’s WCBS TV: 4 Arrested In Plot To Bomb NYC Temple.

The Associated Press report just contains one hint of the connection: 4 arrested in plot to bomb NYC temple.

In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said.