The country’s in good hands.
Jose Pimentel, 27, was arrested on Sunday in a NY bomb plot that sought to target local police and Soldiers returning from abroad. The al-Qaeda sympathizer has been described as a “lone wolf,” with no clear link between him and known terrorists.
Police had been watching Pimentel for two years, but sped up their investigation when they realized he was close to carrying out his plan. Just before his arrest, he had been recorded drilling holes in pipes that he planned to use as bomb casings.
New York authorities have charged Jose Pimentel with possession of a bomb for terrorism, conspiracy, soliciting support for a terrorist act and being a felon in possession of a weapon, reports CNN. Though he also violated a number of federal laws, there are no plans to file charges in federal court.
This may have something to do with reports that the FBI twice declined to get involved in the investigation. The Bureau had determined that Pimentel, who wanted to change his name to Osama Hussein, was not a serious threat…
But, he’s just a harmless kook.
Federal authorities declined to pursue a case against an “al-Qaida sympathizer” accused of wanting to bomb police stations and post offices in New York City because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling off the alleged plot, two law enforcement officials said Monday.
New York Police Department investigators sought to get the FBI involved at least twice as their undercover investigation of Jose Pimentel unfolded, the officials said. Both times, the FBI concluded that he wasn’t a serious threat, they said.
The FBI concluded that 27-year-old Pimentel “didn’t have the predisposition or the ability to do anything on his own,” one of the officials said.
The officials were not authorized to speak about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity. The FBI’s New York office declined to comment on Monday. New York City authorities said that the FBI was involved in the case, but did not specifically say they declined to pursue the charges.
“We just believed that we couldn’t let it go any further. We had to act,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
New York authorities said Pimentel was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Authorities said police had to move quickly to arrest Pimentel on Saturday _ because he was approximately one hour from being able to detonate explosives.
“He was in fact putting this bomb together,” Kelly said. “He was drilling holes and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb.”
The little jihadist converted to Islam and began plotting death in the name of “allah”.
The mother of José Pimentel, an “al Qaeda sympathizer” who wanted to kill US military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, apologized for her son Monday and said she couldn’t deal with him after he started reading the Koran in 2001.
“I want to apologize to the city of New York,” Carmen Sosa, 56, said today. “I’ve been here since 1987, and I’m disappointed with what my son was doing. I love New York.
……Pimentel was busted in Harlem just one hour before his homemade pipe bomb would be operational, officials said last night.
“I brought him [to the city from his former home in Schenectady] because I didn’t like the way he was acting,” Sosa said.
……“Lone wolf” Muslim convert Pimentel, 27, also plotted to strike NYPD facilities and patrol cars and post offices near his Manhattan home, as well as police facilities in Bayonne, NJ, officials said.
After his arrest, Pimentel confessed to building the bomb and insisted that “Islamic law obligated all true Muslims to wage war against the United States,” court papers show.
……Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yusuf, planned to blow up his makeshift pipe bomb — which used Christmas lights as part of the ignition device — in a mailbox to test it before using another on human targets, authorities said.
……Pimentel, who relatives said converted to Islam two years ago, last month bought an alarm clock from a 99-cent store in Manhattan to serve as a timing device, authorities said. He also bought elbow pipe joints, the Christmas lights and work gloves from a Home Depot on Exterior Street in The Bronx.
He planned to affix nails to the device to act as shrapnel, Kelly said.
A confidential informant, tailed by NYPD undercover officers, was with him when he went on his shopping excursions for the materials.
Authorities said they have video of Pimentel shaving off the heads of more than 700 wooden matches to be used in the explosive.
He was this close to carrying out his plot, but the FBI didn’t think the fuckstick was serious.
As evidenced by the frequent arrests of muslim extremists plotting attacks in the United States, the existence of jihadist training camps (Jamaat al Fuqra), radical muslim enclaves in places like Dearborn Michigan, coupled with the Ft. Hood massacre and the shooting of U.S. Soldiers at an Arkansas recruiting station, this war ain’t over by a long shot.
- BREAKING! NYC Man arrested in bomb plot. [WABC-Radio is reporting suspect Jose Pimentel is a convert to Islam] (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- Dominican Islamist Arrested in NYC Terror Plot (waronterrornews.typepad.com)