Two New Yorkers Are Charged With Trying to Provide Cold-Weather Gear to the Taliban and Al Qaeda

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On Tuesday two New Yorkers were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of conspiring to provide support to terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, of Elmhurst, Queens, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, face up to seven years each if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, it was the work of a confidential informant that unraveled the plot to supply cold-weather gear to combatants in the region.

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Al-Qaeda's Magazine Editor Arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court Today

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Anwar Al-Awlaki, Babafemi's boss at Inspire, was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
A Nigerian man connected with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula appeared in a Brooklyn court today. Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, 33, was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court today on charges of providing material support to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, recruiting new members in Nigeria, and helping to run the organization's English-language lifestyle magazine/propaganda machine, Inspire.

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Three Members of Al-Shabaab, The Group Behind Nairobi Mall Attack, To Be Tried In N.Y.

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When Ali Yasin Ahmen, Madhi Hashi, and Mohamed Yusef appeared in the Brooklyn courthouse last December, people were confused.

They were confused because the men were Somali; two of them had Swedish citizenship and the other held citizenship in the U.K. They were apprehended in Africa, en route to Yemen.

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly: Mayoral Candidates Don't Understand Terrorists' "Enduring Obsession With New York"

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The new mayor, whoever he or she may be, isn't even the mayor yet, but that hasn't stopped NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly from accusing that person of being soft on terrorism. In a speech before the Association For a Better New York's Council on Foreign Relations, he complained that none of the candidates have asked for a terrorism briefing from him, and claimed that the "threat of terrorism" in New York "is as great, if not greater, today than it was before the World Trade Center was destroyed."

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Convicted Eco-Terrorist, Rockaway Native Daniel McGowan, Back in NYC After Prison Release

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Daniel McGowan, a 38-year-old environmental activist from Queens, was released yesterday from prison in Terra Haute, Indiana. He served seven years in the prison's Communications Management Unit, largely cut off from society, after attempting to burn down two Oregon lumber companies, Superior Lumber and Jefferson Poplar Farms, in 2001.

According to the New York City Anarchist Black Cross, McGowan was greeted in Indiana by his wife, whom he was permitted to hug for the first time since being transferred to the Communications Management Unit in Indiana. 

McGowan was chiefly affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front, a sprawling, leaderless group of guerrilla fighters active in 17 countries around the world. They physically attack corporations through property damage that they deem are exploiting the Earth through things like logging, SUV sales, and urban development for profit. The FBI named the Front the country's number one domestic terrorist threat in 2001. No one was ever injured or killed during the Front's terrorist acts.


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Are Food Trucks Terrorist Threats? The FDNY Seems to Think So.

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We knew the Wafels and Dinges truck was too good to be true!

According to a recent PowerPoint presentation obtained by the research group Public Intelligence, the Fire Department of New York has been warning its members to keep their eyes out for food trucks of all shapes and sizes. The reason? Well, with more than 3,100 of these guys roaming the streets in large vans each year, a black market for permits is a viable reality. And what's synonymous with the black market? Terrorism.

Unfortunately, the presentation, entitled "Food Trucks: A Transient Hazard," makes a few good points. Sorry in advance but this is the kind of story that you wish you never heard.  


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Newburgh 4 Terror Case Controversy Headed to Appellate Court, With New "Sting" Case As Backdrop

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As New Yorkers mull over another FBI sting operation which netted an alleged would-be terrorist this week, a similar case is headed for an appellate hearing in federal court early next month.

An appeal filed by the so-called Newburgh Four, who were convicted last fall of a 2009 plot to shoot down military aircraft and blow up two synagogues in Riverdale, will be heard before the federal Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Nov. 5.

The case has been controversial for many reasons. One of those is that the government's paid informant aggressively lobbied the men--four Newburgh N.Y. ex-cons who mainly spent their time getting high and playing video games, one of them borderline mentally disabled--to push the plot further. He supplied them with gifts, food, use of cars, and cash, and eventually, offered them $250,000 to plant the synagogue bombs. The informant, Shahed Hussain, was also a convicted felon who was repeatedly caught lying on the witness stand during trial.

Just like this week's arrest of 21-year-old Bangladeshi native Quazi Mohammad Nafis for a scheme to plant a bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank, the government provided all of the equipment, the bombs [which were always inoperable], transportation and logistics, to the Newburgh quartet.

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Terrorism, Kiddie-Porn, and Sword Play: Federal Reserve Bomb Plot Just Got Weird

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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis' possible co-conspirator was arrested yesterday in California.

The failed plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan yesterday just made the jump from terrifying to bizarre -- a man identified in federal court filings obtained by the Voice as a possible co-conspirator of 21-year-old Ahsan Nafis was arrested yesterday on kiddie-porn charges after authorities in San Diego reportedly found more than 1,000 images of child erotica on his computer.

But it gets even better.

Police also found a video of Nafis' possible cohort involved in some sort of sword-play. He apparently shot the video himself. On an iPhone. He's an adult -- who plays with swords.

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Feds Say Failed Attack on Federal Reserve Was "On Behalf of Al-Qaeda;" Bomber's Other Target Was "High-Ranking Govt. Official"

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Federal authorities thwarted a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan this morning, in a would-be attack that was "on behalf of Al-Qaeda," the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this afternoon.

(Read the federal criminal complaint below).

According to the feds, the failed bomber -- identified as 21-year-old Ahsan Nafis -- attempted to detonate a 1,000-pound bomb outside of the Reserve's headquarters on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan with a cell phone detonator. The bomb, however, never went off -- it was provided to him by members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and was completely inoperable, officials say.

The feds say Nafis came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in January with the intention of "conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil."

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Censorship Ruling Expected at Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Military Tribunal Hearing

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The military tribunal -- where alleged 9-11 master-mind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9-11 conspirators will be tried -- is expected to rule at a pre-trail hearing today on the government's request to censor testimony.

The government filed the motion back in April, requesting that the court implement a 40-second tape-delay in the audio-feed from which news reporters and select observers will listen to the proceedings. It argues that the tape delay will ensure that classified information, regarding the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program at Guantanamo Bay, is not released to the public.

The ACLU and a coalition of 14 media organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Reuters, have filed separate motions to block the censorship.

Anytime the defendants mention their experiences in detainment, the 40-second delay will allow the court to mute the testimony. In its motion, the ACLU argued that the censorship was pointless because there's already tons of information available to the public that details specifically what the now illegal interrogation program consisted of.

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