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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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.
Flickr/Magharebia Anwar Al-Awlaki, Babafemi's boss at Inspire, was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
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.More »
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."
We knew the Wafels and Dinges truck was too good to be true!
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.More »
|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.