MOHAMED HAMOUD ALESSA AND CARLOS EDUARDO ALMONTE, TERROR SUSPECTS, WERE ARRESTED AT JFK AIRPORT ON THEIR WAY TO EGYPT AND SOMALIA…

Posted on June 6, 2010. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 

Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, from New Jersey were arrested at JFK airport as they were trying to board separate flights destined for Somalia as part of an investigation called "Operation Arabian Knight".  They have been training and planning to join the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, a violent terrorist group that has ties to al-Qaeda, and bragging about "waging jihad against the United States". 

 

Thank God an undercover New York police officer was able to infiltrate and uncover their plans where the suspects were obtaining jihadist literature and travel preparations.  I’m glad God kept that police officer safe, and I’m especially glad that state and federal officials have been investigating these two jihadist wannabes since 2006, so kudos to the Bush administration and the FBI for watching these dirtbags.  Bush was never soft on terrorists or terrorism; the same cannot be said about Obama and his administration, including Napolitano and Holder.  To them, those "overseas contingency operators" are just so misunderstood, with their hatred of America and their "man-caused disasters".  To them, we should not offend them, and look where that’s gotten us.  There have been more terrorist attempts and terrorism plots while Obama’s been in office than with any other president so the politically-correct verbiage that they’re so insistent on using is only empowering our enemies further, and hurting America more.

 

I’d like to know why Obama has been denouncing and turning his back on Israel while at the same time becoming soft on Islamic extremists.  Whose side is he on anyway?  Muslims who are residing in the United States are oddly silent.  You would think that they’d be denouncing the actions of these radical Islamic extremists so why are they being so quiet?  There’s a link at the end of this story to view updated information…

 

QueenBee

 

 

Officials: Would-be jihadists held at N.Y. airport

American citizens allegedly planned to fly to Egypt, continue to Somalia

NBC, msnbc.com and news services

 

NEWARK – Two men were arrested at a New York City airport Saturday night as they attempted to travel overseas to participate in jihad, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

 

Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The newspaper cited officials familiar with the details of the arrests who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

 

Alessa, of North Bergen, and Almonte, of Elmwood Park, were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through al-Shabaab, a violent extremist group based in Somalia and connected to al-Qaida, the officials told the newspaper. Al-Shabaab was designated by the U.S. as a terrorist group in 2008.

 

Federal officials said the arrests were made at the airport but were not related to "any known immediate threat to the public or active plot against the United States," NBC News reported.

 

Both men are scheduled to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark

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Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided two homes in New Jersey at about 11 p.m. Saturday, NBC News said. Both suspects are American citizens, officials said.

 

Jose Lozano, a spokesman for the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, confirmed two arrests at the airport but would not provide details.

 

 

Tactical training

The arrests were made as part of an investigation known as Operation Arabian Knight. Authorities said an undercover NYPD officer had infiltrated the suspects’ group of friends and was able to monitor their consumption of jihadist videos and literature, overseas travel preparations, and purchase of airline tickets.

 

The two men had planned their trip Somalia for several months, saving thousands of dollars, undergoing tactical training and test runs at paintball fields to condition themselves physically, and acquiring equipment and clothing they could use when they joined al-Shabaab in Somalia, the officials said. Both had bragged about wanting to wage holy war against the United States both at home and internationally, investigators said.

 

Somalia, an impoverished East African nation of about 10 million people, has not had a functioning government for more than a decade, although the U.S. is backing a transitional government there. The Pentagon’s top commander in the region has included Somalia on a list of countries where clandestine American military operations designed to disrupt militant groups would be targeted.

 

Al-Shabaab, whose full name means "Mujahideen Youth Movement," is reported to have had ties to al-Qaida since 2007.

 

Last year, federal authorities in Minnesota charged 14 men connected to a plot designed to entice young Americans to join the group.

A recent New York Times article described al-Shabaab as one of Africa’s most fearsome Islamist groups, "terrorizing the Somali public, chopping off hands, stoning people to death and banning TV, music and even bras in their quest to turn Somalia into a seventh-century-style Islamic state."

 

The arrests follow two failed terrorist attacks in the U.S. in recent months: an alleged attempted car bombing in Times Square by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad last month, and the alleged attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

 

NBC News’ Jonathan Dienst, msnbc.com staff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

Link to Updated Story… Officials: Would-be jihadists held at N.Y. airport

 

 

 

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