The muzzies didn’t get the memo.
A deadly terror plot to detonate a bomb on the New York Federal Reserve Bank building Wednesday morning was thwarted, thanks to a several months’ long sting operation conducted on behalf of the FBI New York Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Detectives from the New York Police Department, working with the JTTF, also closely monitored the would-be bomber’s activities.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21 year old Bangladeshi man who entered the United States on a student visa in January 2012, is alleged to have attempted to provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda and to use a bomb to cause damage to persons and property within the United States.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York, Nafis had come to the United States specifically for the purpose of recruiting individuals for a terror cell and carrying out an attack on American soil. Unbeknownst to Nafis, one of the individuals he attempted to recruit turned out to be a confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI.
In early July of this year, the complaint alleges, Nafis told the CHS that he intended to wage “jihad” in the US, advising that “all Muslims and Muslim sheikhs in the United States are “Talafi,” meaning not true Muslims.” Nafis indicated that he was in touch with another co-conspirator in New York and a contact in Bangladesh.
Between the months of July and October, numerous meetings and consensually recorded conversations occurred between Nafis and the FBI source, wherein plans progressed for an attack on potential targets in New York’s financial district. Claiming to have Al Qaeda contacts overseas, Nafis indicated that he intended to return to Bangladesh to obtain training from the terrorist organization, and he planned on executing an attack on a high-ranking official in the US.
Nafis expressed an eagerness to commit the act on behalf of Al Qaeda, and an undercover FBI agent joined the operation, posing as an Al Qaeda facilitator responsible for overseeing the plans. Nafis told the undercover agent:
“What I really mean, is that I don’t want something that’s like, small. I just want something big. Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country, that will make America, not one step ahead, change of policy, and make one step ahead, for the Muslims… that will make us one step closer to run the whole world…”
By August, Nafis was instead considering the New York Stock Exchange as his target and began casing out the location. FBI agents conducting surveillance on him observed Nafis in the area of the Stock Exchange that month, where they noticed him taking notes. Nafis later provided agents with a map he’d constructed of the area. While discussing logistics with the undercover FBI agent, Nafis said he needed a “big car with lots of fruits and vegetables in there which can blow up the whole New York Stock Exchange building” and that he needed “to make sure that this building is gone.”
But by September, Nafis had switched his plan again for reasons not specified. Instead of the NY Stock Exchange, he would attack the Federal Reserve Bank building on Liberty Street in NY. When pressed by the undercover agent about the reality that his attack “would result in a large number of civilian casualties, including of women and children,” Nafis indicated that he understood and that he still wanted to proceed with the attack.
Apparently, the would-be bomber was even hoping to disrupt the November elections. When Nafis expressed in a September 27th meeting that he wanted to travel home to Bangladesh before carrying out the attack so that he could see his family first, the undercover FBI agent – still posing under the guise of an Al-Qaeda facilitator – indicated that the terrorist organization authorized the use of a remote controlled device for the attack in lieu of a suicide bomb.
……As the criminal complaint continues, Nafis is said to have provided the undercover agent just last week with a thumb drive that contained an article he authored for Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, outlining his reasons for planning the attack.
In that article, Nafis included quotations from “[o]ur beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden” to justify the fact that his plot likely involved the killing of women and children. Nafis also stated the following:
“All I had in my mind are how to destroy America… I came up to this conclusion that targeting America’s economy is most efficient way to draw the path of obliteration of America as well as the path of establishment of Khilapha.”
He wanted to ‘destroy America’s economy’? The little muzzie is too late. Obama beat him to it. I wonder how long it will take before Obama calls this an act of terrorism and blames it on “the video” in the meantime.