Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Here we go again – another pair of angry young men radicalized under the patronage of the secret police and ready to jet off to some mythic shining world of jihad to fight epic battles of good and evil (in their view). It’s already a matter of public record that this fits the pattern of previous state-run terror cells with manipulable misfits inducted in the ways of terror paintball and wild boasts of violence. Almonte and Alessa were certainly big talkers and the police had been crawling all over them for four years. The question here is, was it the police informant that was encouraging their youthful, fevered dreams as in the cases of the Oz 5, 4 New Yorkers in May 2009, the Fort Dix plotters, and our own Toronto 18 – to name a few? It has come out that he hosted hand-to-hand combat training sessions at his home in New Jersey. But he may not have even had to do the heavy lifting to drive these two towards militancy, as they were apparently fans of Adam Gadahn and Anwar al-Awlaki. Pages could be written here about Gadahn and Awlaki, but suffice it to say that Gadahn (grandson of an ADL director, he beat up muslims in his youth yet experienced a dramatic conversion to Islam a couple of years back only to be trumpeted as the ‘American Al-Qaeda’ in the media) and Awlaki (who, despite his connections to the 9-11 hijackers experienced an amazing freedom of movement in the US and London, including having a warrant for his arrest rescinded upon being caught at JFK in 2002 and passed over for extradition when Yemen offered him up in 2006) are suspect in their own right. This is already shaping up to be a cookie-cutter case of manufactured terror for the domestic press. How long, do you figure, before the Pentagon cranks up its presence in Somalia? Stay tuned…
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Bruce Shipkowski, Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press
June 6, 2010
Officials stop two New Jersey men bound for Somalia at New York’s JFK Airport
They were recorded talking jihad against their fellow Americans. But they hadn’t talked the jihadists into accepting them.
When the two New Jersey men tried to fly out of New York’s Kennedy Airport in hopes of getting terror training in Somalia, investigators who had been following them for years were waiting for each of them at the gate, officials said Sunday.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, were arrested Saturday before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia, federal officials in New Jersey and the New York Police Department said.
They are the latest of several U.S. Muslims accused of joining or trying to join terrorist groups, radicalized with help from fellow Americans preaching violent jihad over the Internet.