4 Arrested in Plot to Bomb New York City Jewish Temple May 20
Four men have been arrested in a plot to bomb a New York City Jewish temple tonight. They had been under observation for some time and seemed to have been planning this for a while.
The four men are James Cromitie (also known as Abdul Rahman), David Williams (also known as Daoud or DL), Onta Williams (also known as Hamza) and Laguerre Payen (also known as Amin and Almondo).
They had planned to detonate a car filled with plastic explosives outside a Jewish temple in the Bronx area called Riverdale.
Rep. Peter King of New York, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests.
"This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists," said King.
They had also planned to shoot military planes at the New York National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York with stinger surface-to-air guided missiles.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made this statement to the press:
“I want to congratulate the men and women of the NYPD, the New York State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force who tonight foiled a terrorist plot that targeted Riverdale Temple and Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx for bombing. The same plot also targeted U.S. military aircraft in Newburgh for Stinger Missile attacks. While the bombs these terrorists attempted to plant tonight were – unbeknownst to them – fake, this latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism.”
The four men will appear in court tomorrow; each one is charged with one count of conspriacy to use a weapon of mass destruction within the United States, and one count of conspriacy to "acquire and use anit-aircraft misslies", both of which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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