Thwarted Fed Bomber Wanted ‘Whole World’ Ruled by Islam

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


An Islamic terrorist plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank building has been thwarted. 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi man who entered the United States on a student visa in January 2012, was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly attempted to remotely detonate a fake 1,000-pound car bomb outside the lower Manhattan building that sits only a few blocks from Ground Zero. A criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York alleges that Nafis “did knowingly, intentionally and without lawful authority attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction,” and that he “did knowingly and intentionally attempt to provide material support and resources…including communications equipment, explosives and personnel, including himself, to a foreign terrorist organization, to wit: al-Qaeda.”

The complaint further alleges that Nafis had come to America specifically to put together a terrorist cell and carry out an attack. Fortunately, one of the people Nafis attempted to recruit worked for the FBI as a confidential human source (CHS). “On or around July 5, 2012″ Nafis contacted the CHA telling the informant that he had come from Bangladesh to wage “jihad.” Nafis also revealed that he considers all Muslim and Muslim sheikhs in the U.S. to be “Talafi” meaning not true Muslims, that he “admired” Sheikh “O,” whom the CHS assumed was Osama Bin Laden, and that he admired the magazine starting with “I,” which the CHS believed referred to “Inspire,” an “al-Qaeda affiliate-sponsored” publication. Nafis described the United States as “dar al-garb” meaning land of war in Arabic, and also discussed his “martyrdom” in the conversation.

Between July and October, several additional meetings and consensually recorded phone calls took place between Nafis and the CHS, during which plans began taking shape regarding a potential attack in New York’s financial district. Nafis told the informant that he had al-Qaeda contacts abroad and that he intended to return to Bangaladesh for terrorist training. He also revealed that he was collaborating with two other individuals, one in Bangladesh, and one in the U.S. (a “co-conspirator” who has also been arrested) and that all of them were “ready for action.” In July, the co-conspirator informed the CHS that Nafis also wanted to “attack and kill a high-ranking government official.”

As the plans unfolded, the CHS told Nafis that he knew someone in al-Qaeda. Nafis agreed to meet with the individual, who was actually an undercover agent (UC), in Central Park.  Nafis then made his intentions clear. “What I really mean, is that I don’t want something that’s like, small,” he told the agent. “I just want something big. Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country, that will make America, not one step ahead, change of policy, and make one step ahead, for the Muslims…that will make us one step closer to run the whole world.”

In August, Nafis was considering the New York Stock Exchange as his target and began casing it, even as he remained under surveillance. He told the UC he needed a “big car with lots of fruits and vegetables in there which can blow up the whole New York Stock Exchange building” in order “to make sure that this building is gone.” By September, for unexplained “operational reasons,” Nafis  made the Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street his target. Nafis understood that an attack would result in “a large number of casualties, including women and children,” but he was fine with proceeding.

Originally, Nafis assumed he would martyr himself in the attack and expressed a desire to visit his family before it happened. The undercover agent kept him in the country by telling him that, per al-Qaeda instructions, he could detonate the bomb by remote control. “Indeed, Nafis was excited by the new plan to detonate the explosive device remotely because, he indicated, it would allow him to conduct additional terrorist attacks on U.S. soil,” the complaint stated.

By October, Nafis had obtained “numerous items for use in the explosive device, including batteries and other electrical components” and he attended a meeting in a New York warehouse with the UC to finalize purchases, and make a “very concrete plan.” At another meeting, several 20-pounds bags of phony explosive material were brought to the warehouse, put into a van, and covered with a tarp. Nafis was given a thumb drive containing an article he had written about his motivations, one that he thought Inspire magazine would publish after he carried out his plan.

After a few more days of preparation, Nafis drove to Lower Manhattan prepared to carry out the attack. On the way, he mentioned that his jihadist views had been shaped in part by slain American terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.  He parked his van in front of the Fed and went to a hotel room, where he told the UC to record a statement for the public. “We will not stop until we obtain victory or martyrdom,” he said, while covering his face and disguising his voice. He then made repeated attempts to detonate the bomb “by placing multiple telephone calls to the cellular telephone which he had installed as the initiating device for the detonator.” After agents entered the vehicle and confirmed the detonator had been activated, Nafis was arrested.

On Thursday, he appeared in court in Brooklyn. He did not enter a plea, and was ordered held without bail. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly praised his police force, even as he reminded Americans that terrorists have “tried time and again to make New York City their killing field.” “We are up to 15 plots and counting since 9/11, with the Federal Reserve now added to a list of iconic targets that previously included the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Stock Exchange, and Citicorp Center,” Kelly said in his statement.

The New York Post also reminded people of something as well: NYPD’s efforts to keep terrorists at bay have been denigrated by the Associated Press and the New York Times. “The press agency–and its soul-mates at The New York Times–work tirelessly to weaken terror-monitoring programs, particularly those run by New York’s Finest,” the editorial stated. “The AP even won a Pulitzer Prize for its exertions (which says much more about the state of modern American journalism than it does about the NYPD).”

In March 2008, during a meeting commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, former President George W. Bush stated two essential realities about Islamic jihad that still apply today. And they apply, no matter how hard the unholy alliance of Muslim organizations such as CAIR and ISNA and their leftist allies try to obscure them. “At this moment, somewhere in the world, a terrorist is planning an attack on us. I know that’s an inconvenient thought for some, but it is the truth,” said Bush. He later added a sobering reality. “To attack us, the terrorists only have to be right once; to stop them, we need to be right 100 percent of the time.”

The FBI New York Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and detectives from the New York Police Department got it right once again. The nation owes them a great deal of gratitude for their efforts.

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  • Schlomotion

    An interesting historical fact: The United States opposed the secession of Bangladesh from Pakistan, even sending weapons to Pakistan to use against Bangladesh. They became independent, so the US backed a coup there. Later on, Bangladesh assisted the US in the liberation of Kuwait. Since then, the US bribe money to Bangladesh has been in steady decline. Now their hungry, angry citizens come here where they remain hungry and angry.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And interesting historical fact.

      You are a partisan hack for islam.

    • Asher

      Even many muslims in MIddle Eastern countries Do Not Want Islam's Sharia Law…Its a Total Fact!

    • davarin

      Hmmm, interesting. Why dont you move to New York City Schlomie?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Shariamotion should move to Aleppo Syria to get in the thick of the fighting where 30,000 have been killed by Arabs.

    • Mo Schlotion

      Doesn't Obama want Bangladesh to become the 58th state?

      • Lan Astaslem

        make that 59 – 58 is pahhhhkeestahhhhhn

    • Kufar Dawg

      A more interesting historical fact: in the 1970's muslimes slaughtered some 2.5 million Hindus in Bangladesh and raped thousands of Hindu women:
      http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/modern/hind

      • US Muslim

        WRONG…the 1-3 million slaughtered were Bengali Muslims. And the majority of those raped were Muslims, too. Hindus are a minority there; most of them fled to neighboring India as they were specifically targeted. But the Pakistanis considered Bengali Muslims to be "inferior" and "not Muslim enough". And the slaughtering was carried out with US and ChiCom weapons.

        • davarino

          Uh huh, nice try there pal but your wrong. It was your buddies the muslimes that did the killing of Hindus.

        • kafir4life

          allahu snackbar to ya, muslim!! allahu snackbar.
          Do you worship that made up moon god invented by the pedophile mohamat, known for shatting the koran into the sand following a sexual romp with, then later a meal of his favorite pig, or "mom" as she was known to mohamat the pig faced dog?

    • Kufar Dawg

      Scatch a Schlo-mo, get a jihai ape.

    • Omar

      I'm tired of hearing leftists like you trashing the United States all the time. What about the time when the Soviet Union backed the regime in South Yemen that kept that country divided from the late '60s to 1990? What about the Russian-backed regime in Syria? How about the Soviet/Cuban-backed coup in Grenada? What about the Soviet-backed homicidal Naser regime in Egypt? What about the Soviet-backed Chinese invasion of Tibet? What about the Soviet-backed coup that put Gaddafi in power in Libya? How about Cuban intervention in Angola? How about the Soviet/Cuban-backed FARC guerillas in Colombia? How about the Russian invasion of Georgia four years ago? How about Communist China's support for the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia? What about the Soviet-backed coup in the former Czechoslovakia and interventions in Eastern Europe? What about the Soviet Union's opposition to the partitioning of India into two states? You probably support all of the above because you are an America-hating, democracy-hating, totalitarian loving Stalinist/Maoist/Islamist who wants the totalitarian enemy to win and rule the world. The battle today is between the free world democracies (America, Britain, Israel and their allies) and the leftist/Islamist axis of evil (China, Cuba, Syria, Iran and their allies). You happen to support the latter, Schlomotion, because you support tyranny and terror.

      • aspacia

        Omar,

        Underneath most liberals are fascists who want to squash our freedoms.

        • Omar

          aspacia, you are right, but don't call them liberals. They are not liberals, they are leftists. Conservatives are the true classical liberals. The reality is that so-called "liberals" are really leftists who want to appease the totalitarian enemy for the most part.

  • BS77

    Why do we keep admitting these creeps to our country? We must be nuts.

    • Shane

      Liberalism is a mental disease! It is crazy to allow large numbers of Muslims to immigrate into any Western nation. Most Muslims are peaceful, but a certain percentage will support violent Jihad against their Western country, and a larger percentage will support a non-violent takeover of their countries. We should wise up and stop all Muslim immigration into the USA. We should discriminate and select the best people to immigrate into our great Republic. Muslims just don't make good citizens in Democracies, as they don't believe in free speech and they want to live under barbaric sharia law.

  • H.j.Dcruz

    Muslim have a burning desire to rule the world and convert the world to Islam.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      They do have a surah 9 mandate.

      9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    • Asher

      Sure they do…they are obsessed with hatred and anti-semetism…They are very unhappy people whos only goal is domination and death!

      • Lan Astaslem

        the inbred islamists hate everyone who is not in lockstep with them – including muslims who don't adhere to a 7th century worldview along with savage bloodlust

        • Kufar Dawg

          It's the only religion that not only kills unbelievers, but muslimes who don't believe in the correct brand of pisslam — at least in the 21st century.

          • Sunbeam

            And that is bad, Instead of advancing to a progressive modern society, they're drifting back to ancient civilization each time they revolt. It is the dogma that made them that way. Unless they see it, there can be no source of cure for this metaphor. Nonetheless, there seems to be a strong force behind all this metaphor, esp. Saudi Arabia, I believe, is funding greatly for the movement of such. You can see its work running on high in America now. Turkey is not a country to be reckon with, in this line of deceit. They can be as scheming and as cunning as its compatriots in this gaming. They're a strong part of the play..

  • Hotdigittydog

    Why don't they skip the trail and fry the little terd while it's still fresh in everybody's mind instead waiting for 10-15 years until all of his appeals and millions of dollars defending him are wasted, waste him first. I would love to see him wet his pants when they flip the switch in the name of Islam and send them that video. These people are animals and will not rest until we are all dead. Do you know the meaning of pre-emptive strike, an eye for an eye. Ahh the peaceful, loving religion of Islam.

  • zoe

    its amazing how i cant even find a job after 25 years of employment but this nut has no problem coming here, getting an education and probably landing a job.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I used to work at a Fortune 500 company. One of the departments came to have a scuzzlum vice-president. Eventually his department became known as the Dearborn department because ALL the managers, incl. those who made hiring decisions were scuzzlum and some 90% of the employees were scuzzlums.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      zoe, I read that Quazi Moron worked as a busboy, clearing tables.

  • Whistleblower

    Well there you go leftist liberals every muslim does want pisslam to rule the world and they would stop at nothing!

  • Sunbeam

    I wish they can come out of this mess.

  • Stephan

    Blowing up a paper factory? Why can't he respect private property?

  • UCSPanther

    Nutcases of various stripes (radical leftists, neo-nazis, religious nuts, anarchists, etc) have been pointing fingers at, and even in some cases, targeting the Federal Reserve for years, as it is one of their favorite bogeymen.

    So it should come as no surprise that a brainwashed Islamic radical would try to wage Jihad on the Fed.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      "radical leftists, neo-nazis " are all SOCIALISTS.

  • JOSE

    Our government will keep sending them here until the jihadists have victory over us.

  • Ghostwriter

    Great! This Quazi kid sounds like a Khomeini wannabe.

  • kily

    Let’s nuke all the israms simple

  • Sunbeam

    This kind of violence will not stop unless we continue to expose and educate the people to bring them awareness with the hope of leading them out – the mess that they were in for a long time. It is far too long that no one took notice of this zeal of movement of conquest since the day of its inception. We need to do more than what we're doing now. Creating awareness and educating the people is the best tool we have. By doing this we may also jolt our people out of complacency, and be more wary of what's going on and about in order to be on the alert side. Remember, the world has by far too long not to have taken notice of this phenomenon since the days of old, and we must not repeat this mistake again, failing which would bring the end result of what we've been building on for a progressive civilize modern world. We're now in the high tech now. If we're not careful, we may be push back to the ancient days of time in which there shall be no return but only misery and suffering shall be our lot. I am sorry to have to say this, but lets pray that it will never come thru. It takes hard work, effort, perseverance, consistency to pursue this right cause which I believe is to the good of every individual being on this planet. So let us all stand united with one heart, hand in hand and with one voice we shall triumph over evil of the day.

    • aspacia

      Right, you sound like Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler.

  • US Muslim

    The kid's nothing but a worthless, ignorant punk hero-wannabe. Wonder how many of his fellow prisoners will give him some of their "special jailhouse love". Perhaps he will convert to a she while behind bars…

    • Kufar Dawg

      So you're disappointed he didn't succeed? I'm sure muhahahahaMAD would be.

  • BS77

    You'd think our immigration standards would have improved since 9/11/2001. I cannot believe these dirtbags are given visas to "go to school" in the US….they drop out of school, their visas expire……and they disappear. Most other countries wouldn't allow a travesty like this l. Time to clean house and reform our immigration.

  • George_Babbitt

    Why are stings and entrapments considered valid thwarting of devious plots???

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Bad boys get caught.
      Bad boys get punished.
      Bad boys get NAKBA.