NYC suspect arrested in plot to attack postal facilities and armed forces from Iraq


The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered at City Hall tonight

“Good evening. I’m joined by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

“Yesterday afternoon, New York City police officers arrested a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer who was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities, as well as target members of our Armed Forces returning from abroad.

“Jose Pimentel of Washington Heights, which is in the northern end of Manhattan, faces terrorism-related charges that District Attorney Vance will discuss in a moment.

“Earlier today, I also described this case to U.S. Congressman Pete King, the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who has long been a champion of Federal support for the NYPD’s counter-terrorism efforts.

“The NYPD Intelligence Division did outstanding work in tracking this individual and containing the threat he posed to the city. The police also constructed a duplicate of an explosive device that the suspect built, and then detonated it in a way that he intended to use his weapon. We wanted to show you a video about the resulting damage.

“I should point out that our staff briefed the Governor’s staff on this earlier this evening, and I’ve asked Commissioner Kelly to discuss this case in greater detail. But first, let me make these observations.

“The suspect was a so-called lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda. He was not part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad. He represents exactly the kind of threat FBI Director Robert Mueller and his experts have warned about, as American military and intelligence agencies have eroded Al Qaeda’s ability to launch large-scale attacks.

“This case is also reminiscent of another lone wolf plot in 2004 in which two New Yorkers angry over the treatment of prisoners in Iraq plotted to bomb the Herald Square subway station. Like the current case, the Herald Square plot was uncovered by the NYPD Intelligence Division.

“And as with still another case earlier this year in which a lone wolf plotted to attack a large synagogue, the NYPD teamed-up with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to prosecute Pimentel under State terrorism-related statutes.

“Whether launched by lone wolves, Al Qaeda, or Al Qaeda affiliates, there have been at least 13 previous terrorist plots since 9/11 targeting New York City. This would be the fourteenth.

“Because of such repeated threats, the NYPD remains focused on preventing another terrorist attack. We assign a thousand officers to counter-terrorism duties every single day. This is just another case where our precautions paid off.

“Now let me ask Commissioner Kelly to provide details.”

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  3. What must the American Citizens do when those entrusted with law enforcement decision makers ie. Congress, SCOTUS, etc. become a threat to the US Constitution, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for personal gain?

    The American Holocaust proof and evidence USSC 99-565 & supplement

    The National Goal in the American Holocaust is population control / death fix it. Understanding that economics over justice equals terrorism. In order to save money decision makers medical, administratively and judicially are being Coerced through Terrorism -Coercion, Collusion, Corruption, Subversion, Subterfuge, and Sabotage. These are premeditated and orchestrated treasonous methods (United States Code Title 18 Chapter 115) used by Congress and SCOTUS. Then they use delay and deny til you die tactics. The result is the same like that at the USPS (Congress cash cow) the total destruction of entire American families (suicides and executions). Goin Postal, Murder by proxy (v=_3bNWtXhH8o).

    “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience … Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves … [and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” – Howard Zinn

    “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life the common good of the family or the Senate.  Unfortunately, it happens that the need to render the aggressor incapable of causing harm sometimes involves taking his life.  In this case the fatal outcome is attributable to the aggressor who actions brought it about, even though he may not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason”

    Pope John Paul II (Evangelium Vitae)

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