Mohammed Yusef: Jose Pimentel: American Terrorist

“The only changes I noticed over the past two years was that he converted to the Muslim faith,” said Luis Severino.

Jose Pimentel, a United States citizen originally from the Dominican Republic, was arrested by the New York Police Department because he was ready to carry out a bombing campaign that targeted US troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Post Offices and also Police stations.

Pimentel, who has taken the Islamic name Mohammed Yusef, was known as a quiet man, who helped the neighbours with their groceries.  Luis Severino, Pimentel’s uncle was shocked to learn of the bombing plot but did note that his nephew underwent changes after his conversion to Islam.

“It’s crazy,” said Isabel Yerkes, 24, who lives across the hallway from Mr. Pimentel’s apartment. “It’s shocking. You live four feet from people and you don’t know them. He was really quiet. He never said anything.”

In details that are beginning to unfold, Pimentel had assembled bomb making supplies from reading the Al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire.  He set up his own website which promoted violence and jihad against America.  Fortunately, he was on the radar of Law Enforcement Officials who had been watching him for the last year.  The arrest came quickly according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly because he was ready to start bombing. “We had to act quickly yesterday because he was in fact putting this bomb together. He was drilling holes and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb,” Kelly said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has so far, remained silent on this arrest.  They have not denounced Pimentel nor his radicalization on American soil.  However, they have targeted the FBI.  According to their website:

 At a press conference this morning outside FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., CAIR and the other groups expressed concerns about persistent reports that FBI agents are trained to view mainstream American Muslims with suspicion and to view the faith of Islam itself as the source of terrorism and extremism.

It is very difficult for me to have any sympathy for this ridiculous accusation given the violence we have been seeing from American Muslims.  Mayor Bloomberg in New York came out and said that in the years since 9-11, thirteen terror plots have been foiled thanks to the diligence of the American people and the hard work of law enforcement.  Following are some of those foiled plots which all have one thing in common.  They involve radicalized Muslims.

  • 2003: Brooklyn Bridge targeted: Columbus, Ohio resident Iyman Faris admitted to scouting locations for an al Qaeda attack on locations in New York, and planned to helped destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Faris, a native of Kashmir who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • 2004:  Pakistani diplomat assassination threat: Kurdish refugee Yassin Muhiddin Aref and Mohammed Mosharref Hossain, co-founder of an Albany, N.Y. mosque, were arrested for money laundering in support of terrorism. They were captured in an FBI sting operation in which an informant promised to provide a shoulder-fired missile with which to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat at that country’s consulate in New York City. Aref and Hossain were sentenced to 15 years in prison, despite protests that they were framed by an FBI informant who arranged the fabricated purchase of the RPG-7 grenade launcher and the assassination scheme. The informant, a convicted felon, was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors to reduce his own prison sentence on document fraud charges.
  • Subway station bomb plot: Shahawar Matin Siraj was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in a plot to bomb a N.Y.C. subway station the day before the 2004 Republican National Convention was to open, as revenge for wartime abuses of Iraqis. There was no proof he ever obtained explosives and was not linked to any terror organization. A friend of Siraj, James Elshafay, pled guilty and testified against his friend; the court released him.
  • Financial targets: In August 2004 seven men were arrested in a plot to destroy the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp headquarters, among other financial landmarks in the U.S. and London. Dhiren Barot, the group’s leader who was described by Britain’s top anti-terrorist detective as “a long-term, dedicated, committed member of al Qaeda,” was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
  • 2006Hudson River tunnels: There men were arrested for allegedly plotting to destroy the PATH train tunnels in New York City in order to flood the city’s financial district. FBI Assistant Director Mark J. Mershon called the plot the “real deal” involving “martyrdom and explosives.”
  • Blowing up commercial airliners: In August 2006 U.K. law enforcement arrested 25 suspects in a plot to use liquid explosives to destroy several commercial airliners bound for the United States and Canada.
  • 2007: JFK Airport attack: In June 2007 four men – Russell Defreitas, Kareem Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur – were indicted for plotting to blow up jet fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport to avenge perceived U.S. oppression of Muslims around the world.
  • 2009: Synagogue bomb plot: In May 2009, in a case which invited criticism of the FBI, four men were arrested in New York City in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb outside a Jewish temple and fire rockets at U.S. military aircraft.Officials said the plot was infiltrated by a government informant who claimed to represent the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammaed and arranged to supply the would-be terrorists with fake explosives and an inoperable anti-aircraft missile.
  • WMD plot: Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant and airport driver in Colorado, was indicted for “conspiracy to use one or more weapons of mass destruction…within the United States.” Court papers said Zazi and others purchased “large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone products from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area” over three months with the purpose of creating homemade explosives.
  • 2010: Times Square bomb attempt: On May 1, Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad lit the fuse of a crude, homemade bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder parked in New York’s Times Square before fleeing on foot. He paused to listen for the explosion that never came. A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the SUV and alerted police, who cleared the area. Two days later Shahzad was taken off a plane bound for Dubai.
  • 2011: Saudi student: Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Texas Tech chemical engineering student from Saudi Arabia, was accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction. Among the possible targets found in notes: Dams, nuclear plants, the Texas home of former President George W. Bush, and unspecified locations in New York City, which he visited.
  • Manhattan synagogue plot: In May 2001 Two men authorities called homegrown terrorists, one of whom complained that the world was treating Muslims “like dogs,” were arrested in a sting operation in New York City. Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old of Algerian descent, and Mohamed Mamdouh, a 20-year-old of Moroccan descent, plotted to bomb a “major synagogue” in Manhattan and bought several weapons and an inert hand grenade from an undercover officer, Mayor Bloomberg said.  They were also said to have expressed interest in bombing the Empire State Building.
Once again, we find non-muslims being called out for prejudice.  It is exhausting for non-muslim Americans to find this “middle-ground” when we keep getting our trust broken by these radicals.  They don’t wear signs or colors to denote their radical beliefs in Americas destruction so we can’t discern who is radical and who is peaceful.  Indeed, Pimentel was considered to be a quiet, peaceful Muslim who helped others with their groceries while at the same time was devising a plan to kill as many innocents as he possibly could.  The American confusion continues.;contentBody

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