Four Muslim men from Newburgh, N.Y. -- three native born Americans and one Haitian immigrant, at least three of whom are prison converts to Islam -- were arrested by the F.B.I. and New York cops late Wednesday as they began to carry out their plan to set off car bombs at two Bronx synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart National Guard Airbase near Newburgh.
Unfortunately for these mopes, the "bombs" and "Stinger missiles" in their terror arsenal were fakes supplied by the F.B.I. through an elaborate sting operation. In fact, the Newburgh four were closely monitored by the F.B.I. since a federal informant first learned of their desire to "do jihad" last June.
[New York City Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly told Jewish leaders Wednesday evening that the attackers planned simultaneous attacks, and the men planned to leave the bombs in the cars in front of the two synagogues, drive back to Newburgh and retrieve cellphone-detonating devices and then proceed with the attack on the air base — simultaneously shooting down aircraft while remotely setting off the devices in the cars.
The group's alleged ringleader, James Cromitie, according to the complaint, discussed targets with an undercover agent. "The best target [the World Trade Center] was hit already," he allegedly told the agent. Later, he rejoiced in a terrorist attack on a synagogue.
"I hate those motherf-----s, those f---ing Jewish bastards. . . . I would like to get [destroy] a synagogue."
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