NYPD arrests two terrorist suspects at JFK

posted at 12:50 pm on June 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

New York City’s finest nabbed two would-be jihadis just before they boarded flights to Egypt and Somalia, but the NYPD had been on their case for much longer. In an investigation dubbed “Operation Arabian Nights,” the police force’s counterterrorism unit infiltrated a cell of jihadist recruiters to track home-grown terrorism. The Somalia destination is no coincidence, and yet another American traitor who has so far remained rather obscure may be at the center of this recruitment:

Two New Jersey men who wanted to kill American troops were arrested at a New York City airport before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia, authorities said.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia, federal officials in New Jersey and New York Police Department said in a news release.

During a lengthy investigation, an NYPD undercover officer recorded conversations with the men in which they spoke about jihad against Americans.
“I leave this time. God willing, I never come back,” authorities say Alessa told the officer last year. “Only way I would come back here is if I was in the land of jihad and the leader ordered me to come back here and do something here. Ah, I love that.”

They didn’t escape notice for long.  The NYPD has been tracking them and their cohorts since 2006.  They wanted to join al-Shahbab, which is headquartered in Somalia and which has been aggressively recruiting American citizens and residents.  They have help in that regard from Omar Hammami, aka Sheikh Abu Monsoor al-Amriki, whom some speculated may have been captured by Kenyans last October.  That turned out to be wishful thinking.  Hammami may not be as notorious a traitor as Adam Gadahn or Anwar al-Awlaki, but it’s not for lack of trying.

So who is Hammami?  He’s the son of a Syrian-born Muslim father and a Southern Baptist mother from Alabama.  He once headed the USA Muslim Students Association, and represented Pakistan in a student UN project.  He left South Alabama University as a sophomore to go to Somalia and join the Islamist jihad, and now recruits and trains terrorists in order to establish a worldwide caliphate.  Unfortunately, we’re going to be hearing a lot more about him in the future.


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Treason + noose = effective counter-jihad.

profitsbeard on June 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM

If only South Park hadn’t gone there….

abobo on June 6, 2010 at 1:03 PM

hmmm when the children were in charge, we didn’t have so many attempts.

Just sayin’

rightside on June 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

This profiling terrorists has to stop.

the_nile on June 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

In an investigation dubbed “Operation Arabian Nights,” the police force’s counterterrorism unit infiltrated a cell of jihadist recruiters to track home-grown terrorism.

Yet another example of systemic racism. /s

DrMagnolias on June 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Expect less of this in the future from Ray Kelly’s NYPD. With the budget shortfalls and the bloated city bureaucracy, the NYPD will have fewer officers. When choosing priorities, crime reduction and neighborhood policing will take a toll on anti terror. The NYPD’s anti terror aparatus is massive and far reaching. It will be less in the not so distant future. Anyway Kudos to the NYPD on this.

xkaydet65 on June 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Good for the NYPD.

rbj on June 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I blame Israel.

portlandon on June 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Good thing Obama and his tool Brennan forbade calling this Jihad.

That’ll stop it as sure as fire doesn’t melt steel.

profitsbeard on June 6, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I blame Bush.

Wethal on June 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Hurry and build that mosque now.

Disturb the Universe on June 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Those darn teabaggers again.

RobCon on June 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

A former head of the USA Muslim Students Association joined the terrorists??? Well, knock me over with a feather!

ForNow on June 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Does this make five or six since ’08? I’ve lost count.
 
PS- Mr. President, this is where it would be proper to use “unsustainable” in a sentence. And no, not “this continued racial profiling is…” The other way. You know. The pro-U.S. way.

rogerb on June 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

same shiite, different day…

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Wow, they must really hate health care reform.
Why else would they do such a thing?

RobCon on June 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Was it because we threatened to rebuilt the World Trade Towers?

profitsbeard on June 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I’m with Michael Savage: we must outlaw islam in this country.

SouthernGent on June 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Good to see Ed blogging; since there is no OOTW, I feared there may have been a medical emergency at the Morrissey house.

I am relieved.

FOWG1 on June 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

From the folks who brought you Operation Desert Shield and the ever famous Operation Desert Storm, presents to you;
Operation Arabian Nights.
Coming to a mosque near you.

Electrongod on June 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Let’s see if I have the Tavis math right, if we caught two Muslims who wanted to committ Jihad, that must mean there are at least 25 to 30 Christians slaughtering people in the US today.

myrenovations on June 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I thought the world was supposed to love us now…

Thanks NYPD for a job well done! Where was Homeland Security?

ladyingray on June 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Thanks NYPD for a job well done! Where was Homeland Security?

ladyingray on June 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Skiing, I suppose.

Electrongod on June 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

First, Mr. Morrissey I hope this late posting means something cool, as in sleeping off the effects of Rush Limbaugh’s wedding.

Second, let’s talk comprehensive immigration some more. We obviously can’t get it right when people come in the front door.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM

When will Obama go in front of the cameras and declare that the NYPD acted stupidly?

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I guess Obama hasn’t apologized enough. They still hate us for some mysterious reason.

aero on June 6, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Rush Limbaugh’s wedding… Did I miss something?

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Once again they are young, male Muslims of middle-east extraction. But still our Pansy President and his crew can’t call them what they are, and I (blue-eyed white female of a certain age) still have to take my shoes off at the airport. This fall, please vote for people who love this country and have the cojones to say so!!

MochaLite on June 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

same shiite, different day…

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Just some more of that “Rich Muslim Heritage” that Obama brags about.

fourdeucer on June 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Rush got married yesterday and Elton John was the wedding singer.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Two more potential cabinet appointments for our Imam-in-Chief.Since they are moderates (compared to Obama’s recent picks), they should sail right through Senate confirmation.

MaiDee on June 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

“Operation Arabian Nights”

Leftards scream “RACISM” in 5…4…3….

CurtZHP on June 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Rush Limbaugh’s wedding… Did I miss something?

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Married yesterday he was, the ol’ stud muffin.

screwauger on June 6, 2010 at 1:42 PM

And this country was all wee-wee’d up over Arizona’s new Immigration law. I guess the difference here is that these New York terrorists were here legally.

Electrongod on June 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

yet another American traitor who has so far remained rather obscure may be at the center of this recruitment

Watch out, Obama, they’re on to you.

Daggett on June 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I’m with Michael Savage: we must outlaw islam in this country.

SouthernGent on June 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Agreed:
A Proposed Constitutional Amendment

It is a matter of simple, basic survival.

Rebar on June 6, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Has this pair been beheaded with scimitars yet? I may have missed the video on youtube, so send the link if you’ve got it. Maybe we can send these two f**kers back where they came from, since they’re here, and their occupiers and invaders, seeking to do us harm.

what’s good for the goose….

half/

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I’m with Michael Savage: we must outlaw islam in this country.

SouthernGent on June 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM
———————————————————–

islam is a brainwashing CULT

islam is NOT a religion

.

ms on June 6, 2010 at 1:48 PM

A pair of jihadis at JFK, huh? When’s tee time?
/obama

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

No one focuses on Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26.

This will turn out to be the kernel of this story…the Latino savages uniting with the muzzie terrorists. It’s happening in front of our noses and we are asleep at the switch. The recruiting fields are rich: illegals, gangs, La Raza and etc. But, hey, listen to the lawyers, the stupid politicians, local and foreign, and the ‘organizers’.

PC will kill us all.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

is the FBI just running down through Al-Awlaki’s BFF list on his email account or facebook? I betcha the bottom two are “Barack Obama” and “Eric Holder”….

shhh!

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Obama must host a hummus summit Stat!

profitsbeard on June 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Were they required to show their papers ?

CWforFreedom on June 6, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Somebody wake Janet Nutpolitano and tell her local authorities of the NYPD saved her lazy federal @$$ again.

viking01 on June 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

After yeomen work by the NYPD anti-terror unit and susequent vigorous interrogation by the DOJ, AG Holder has announced that it appears Alesso & Almonte were reactionaries upset with the recent Healthcare Reform. AG Holder has informed this reporter that thurough search of the suspects homes discovering stock piles of militia-like equipment consisting of uniforms, outdoor equipment, MRE’s and a rare antique silver TEA-set for four indicating possibly two grandmothers aggreived spotted last summer at an afternoon TEA gathering involved in unamerican activities regarding the loss of Medicare Advantage.

Authorities are investigating where the money for the prized TEA-set originated as it appears beyond the SS income of the grandmothers and had Alesso & Almonte had the resources for such aprized TEA-set, surely they’d no longer be living with their parents. Authorities further ask for hieghtened vigilance from the public to alert for blue-haired, camo clad, elderly ladies seeking potentially dangerous dual use materials such as lemon and cream.

Update at 11.

Archimedes on June 6, 2010 at 2:09 PM

they should sail right through Senate confirmation

Except they’ve probably paid their taxes in the past.

andycanuck on June 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM

viking01 on June 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Now, now, she is busy in the Gulf right now.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I called 911 Friday after seeing 2 middle eastern guys on the side of the NY thru way on my way to Conn. It was 90 degrees, one was wearing a suit and holding a back pack, the other about 500 yards down the road, was standing on the wall looking over the overpass smiling like an idiot, wonder if there is a connection?

Daveyardbird on June 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

How long before CAIR or a lefty group of white racism watchdogs call out the law enforcement agencies involved for dubbing the sting operation “Arabian Nights.” Wait and see, ’cause it’ll happen.

Goldy1 on June 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Now, now, she [Napolitano] is busy in the Gulf right now.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Really? Grand Cayman?

viking01 on June 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

How long before CAIR or a lefty group of white racism watchdogs call out the law enforcement agencies involved for dubbing the sting operation “Arabian Nights.” Wait and see, ’cause it’ll happen.

Goldy1 on June 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

That’s funny you mention that because before Operation Iraqi Freedom was designated as such, the whole mission was called “Operation Infinite Justice” and the wailing flab burners in the “Arab streets” had a conniption over that, yet, here is Eric “Ali Baba” Holder calling an op by “Arabian Nights” ….heh. it’ll be funny to see these two stories collide. Headsup Ed.

ted c on June 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Expanding the Muslim caliphate is Muslim imperialism, regardless of the country of the Islamists’ origin.

Did you read Mark Steyn’s column on Turkey’s shift in population re rising desire for the expansion of the caliphate. Look at Erdogan’s own words, for they inform the determined Islamist.

onlineanalyst on June 6, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I called 911 Friday after seeing 2 middle eastern guys on the side of the NY thru way on my way to Conn. It was 90 degrees, one was wearing a suit and holding a back pack, the other about 500 yards down the road, was standing on the wall looking over the overpass smiling like an idiot, wonder if there is a connection?

Daveyardbird on June 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

No, that’s just you being a racccccccciiiist !!!!

/do I really need this?

cableguy615 on June 6, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Must be a misunderstood youth. Just like those ones in France and Gaza and England and Iran and Iraq……
It has nothing to do with religion or anything.
We just need to understand their misunderstoodness….

Right? Right?

The biggest threat to this country and indeed the Western world are the JOOOOSSS and those darn teabaggers.

/sarc?

mjk on June 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM

B-b-but John Brennan thinks “jihad is a legitimate tenant of Islam”.

aquaviva on June 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Now watch as Obama and Holder make them US citizens. They were just there to get a job building the new mosque near ground zero.

Wills on June 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

from Steyn’s column with Erdogan’s words in bold:

The very words acknowledge the link between political and demographic energy. Today, the “young Turks” are old Turks: The heirs to the Kemalist reformers who gave women the vote before Britain did are a population in demographic decline. There will be fewer of them in every election. Today’s young Turks are men who think as Erdogan does. That doesn’t mean Turkey is Iran or Waziristan or Saudi Arabia, but it does mean that the country’s leadership is in favor of more or less conventional Islamic imperialism. As Erdogan’s most famous sound bite puts it: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.”

The two jokers from NJ, recently busted by the NYPD terrorist task force, were obviously miffed that their houses were underwater and about to be repossessed by an evil bank through foreclosure.

onlineanalyst on June 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

When will Obama go in front of the cameras and declare that the NYPD acted stupidly?

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Pretty much about the same time he gets up to award Helen Thomas The Medal of Freedom.

pilamaye on June 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I’m sure these guys weren’t really dangerous. After all, Brennan told us that jihad just means self-improvement. I’ll bet these put-upon, misunderstood youth were just trying to quit smoking or lose weight or something and the NYPD entrapped them with phony charges.
/sarc

Strange coincidence: John Brennan was born and raised in North Bergen, NJ.

Travis Bickle on June 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

they spoke about jihad against Americans.

How non-PC are these guys anyway ? “jihad” .. oh come on now.

J_Crater on June 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Ain’t just JFK. This apparently doesn’t meet the MSM requirements for “NEWS”:

http://www.examiner.com/x-35976-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m6d6-Media-ignore-Iranian-caught-smuggling-arsenal-of-sniper-rifles-across-border

GarandFan on June 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Oddly, I am a little bit confused by this arrest.

Normally, the police/feds wait until they have an overt act, like buying weapons or materials to produce bombs BEFORE arresting anyone. This arrest seems to be based simply on talk. Like those fellows in that hataree militia, it is unclear to me what the charges will actually be. Are we really going to now arrest and prosecute people for speach? How could this not set a precedent to arrest and prosecute any comment by anyone in this country?

Why do I think this kind of police activity is doomed to fail a constitutional test?

Freddy on June 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM

How come AZ can’t go after illegals but NYPD can go after terrorists? Wouldn’t that be a federal obligation, according to the anti-AZ law logic?

Akzed on June 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

At least we’re not at this point yet. From Ace.

Akzed on June 6, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Is Obama sending Holder to NY to look into legal litigation against the NYPD for doing the FEDs job?

Vigilante on June 6, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

They have also been actively working on a number of the Indian Reservations.

chemman on June 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

How come AZ can’t go after illegals but NYPD can go after terrorists? Wouldn’t that be a federal obligation, according to the anti-AZ law logic?

Akzed on June 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Very good question Akzed.

Keemo on June 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Hang em High!!!

hawkman on June 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Oddly, I am a little bit confused by this arrest.
Freddy on June 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM

It is simple.I would assune that the NYPD would not have spent years looking at these two unless they had a good reason. In other words it is not a case based only on speech, but most likely on stated intents and actions that supported those intents, such as traveling to a country where they intended to get jihad training.

Think of it this way; there are limits to your freedom of speech, such as yelling fire when there was none. If you said you were going to kill someone and someone thought you were serious and the police felt that you were serious, they probably would arrest you for at least making threating statements and investigate your background and potential to carry out those threats. You could say you were arrested for speech, but you would not likely be procecuted for being stupid. You just have to hope no one ever does the deed in the future.

Speech alone does not warrent an arrest. Case in point. this past week a sales associate of of my brother, a Turkey nationalist, upset over the situation between Turkey and Israel, declared he was a terroist and proud of it to my brother. That was free speech and he was not arrested for it. Of course it was stupid to say it and of course it is a concern for others that work with him and it was reported to management, but unless he does something, he is not going to be arrested or likley to lose his job. Just to be clear though, it was not something that others that associate with him are likely to dismiss lightly. Again the words were said and can never be taken back as any married man can tell you, if something happens that could be associated with him, he will likely have some uncomfortable questioning at best.

Franklyn on June 7, 2010 at 4:28 AM

MSA? Where’s that chick who told Horowitz the same thing Helen said on that video, ‘Go home Jews’? Someone better keep an eye on her and her group.

What has ‘changed’ that these folks now feel like they can come out of the woodwork without any fear of reprisal? Oh yeah…. The Change We Can Believe In.

Sultry Beauty on June 7, 2010 at 1:16 PM