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Pimentel built his bomb with cheap materials he bought from a 99-cent store in Manhattan and a Home Depot in the Bronx. He wanted to go to Yemen but only got as far as Schenectady, New York before returning to Manhattan to launch his attack.
Pimentel also wrote directly to al-Awlaki before the jihadist cleric’s death, but never heard back. Nevertheless, there was plenty of al Qaeda propaganda available on the Internet to educate Pimentel on jihadist ideology and methods. He was a voracious reader of bombing manuals in particular, including one appearing in al Qaeda’s online magazine Inspire titled “How to make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
New York City remains the Islamist jihadists’ favorite U.S. terrorist target, more than ten years after 9/11. For that reason, the New York City Police Department has set up its own counter-terrorist intelligence operation, with the cooperation of the Central Intelligence Agency. The program has included infiltrating New York’s Muslim community and monitoring dozens of city mosques and other gathering places, using plainclothes police officers to gather information about possible terror plots.
After the Associated Press revealed that undercover NYPD officers in a so-called “Demographics Unit” had targeted Muslim communities and houses of worship with the assistance of individuals who had links to the CIA, the Council of American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) sought to shut the police operation down, calling upon the Obama Justice Department to investigate. “This is potentially illegal what they’re doing,” said Gadeir Abbas, a CAIR staff attorney.
“The New York Police Department is doing everything it can to make sure there’s not another 9/11 here and that more innocent New Yorkers are not killed by terrorists,” countered NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “And we have nothing to apologize for in that regard.”
Mr. Browne is correct. As usual, CAIR would stand in the way of efforts to save lives from preventable terrorist attacks. The New York Police Department is doing its duty, using aggressive but vital surveillance and other law enforcement techniques to keep New Yorkers safe from potentially devastating mass murders. Especially after having to deal with the Occupy Wall Street mobs while protecting New York against the continuing terrorist threats, New York’s police deserve their nickname “New York’s Finest.”
Ironically, just a day before Pimentel was arrested, following months of careful monitoring by the police, a coalition of more than 50 religious, social justice and community organizations held a rally in New York City’s Foley Square to protest, in CAIR’s words, “the religious and ethnic profiling of Muslim communities by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other law enforcement agencies.”
Direct Action Working Group and Immigrant Working Group of Occupy Wall Street were among the rally’s supporters. Signs at the rally included: “No to a police state” and “Cannot stop the Occupy Movement.”
The alliance of convenience between Islamist and Leftist groups against the police and the real 99 percent of freedom-loving Americans is alive and well.
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