NYPD stops would-be “lone wolf” jihadi

posted at 9:15 am on November 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

New York City police arrested a Dominican immigrant yesterday after a three-month investigation, seizing the Muslim convert shortly before he could assemble pipe bombs for a terrorist campaign.  At a press conference last night called by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the police commissioner, and the Manhattan district attorney, the trio alleged that Jose Pimentel — also known as Muhammad Yusuf and “Osama Hussein” — had been preparing since August for attacks against returning veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that the death of Anwar al-Awlaki had accelerated his efforts:

A Manhattan man who became fascinated by the American-born Muslim militant Anwar al-Awlaki was arrested on charges of plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York, city officials announced on Sunday night. …

Holes had been drilled into pipes, sulfur had been scraped off matches, nails were ready to be used as shrapnel, and wires were used to fashion an ignition device, according to a law enforcement official.

Mr. Pimentel planned to test his abilities by detonating mailboxes before embarking on a bombing campaign around New York City, Mr. Kelly said.

“Pimentel talked about killing U.S. military personnel returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly Marines and Army personnel,” Mr. Kelly said. “He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in Bayonne, N.J.

“Once his bombing campaign began, Mr. Pimentel said the public would know that there were mujahideen in the city to fight jihad here.”

The timing was propitious.  It would have been easy to cast Pimentel as a clueless wannabe had they arrested him earlier; he apparently talked too much about his aspirations, and his attempts to make contact with Awlaki were so clumsy that the al-Qaeda recruiter had ignored them.  But having the pipe bombs ready to assemble makes the case much stronger that this disaffected immigrant posed a significant threat to New York.

Normally, the home-grown jihadis would be the most difficult to sniff out.  It looks like the NYPD did a good job in this case, staying on top of Pimentel while his efforts unfolded and then intervening at the right time.  Give credit to the New York Times, too, for reporting significantly on Pimentel’s jihadist motivations.  Jeff Duntez noted last night that the AP and Reuters were considerably less interested in motivation.

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Kudos NYPD

gophergirl on November 21, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Of COURSE the NYTimes referred to his jihadist motivations. He was, after all, set to strike New York. If this happened anywhere else, the Times would have written it off as a ‘disaffected youth.’

Washington Nearsider on November 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Good on NYPD.

pambi on November 21, 2011 at 9:22 AM

He kinda looks like the “firebomb macy’s” OWS guy: http://www.verumserum.com/?p=33491

Maybe it’s the hair.

Dash on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

NYPD stopped a terrorist…good for them.

Now, about this “lone wolf” stuff.

Wasn’t Major Nidal Hassan down at Fort Hood described as a “lone wolf” as well?

There are no lone wolves when it comes to Islamofacist terrorism.

They may act individually, but they are all part of the same pack of scum.

coldwarrior on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

good catch fellas. Nice work.

keep doing that.

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

He’s innocent!

It’s my fault… Ron Paul says so.

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM

It’s not terrorism. He’s just someone disgruntled with the new health care law.

hadsil on November 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Now, about this “lone wolf” stuff.

coldwarrior on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Exactly. Funny how they can never see a wolf pack.

Fallon on November 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Religion of Peace© hijacked again.

Akzed on November 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM

good catch fellas. Nice work.

keep doing that.

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Yep, but what still puts the fear of God in me is knowing how easily they could start with the roadside bombs and IEDs here in America.

hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

seizing the Muslim convert shortly before he could assemble pipe bombs for a terrorist campaign.

Good thing he’s a member of the Religion of Peace, otherwise he might have threatened other people’s lives.

rbj on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I didn’t see this guy on “All-American Muslim” on TLC last night.

I wonder why?

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Let’s be careful not to suggest that his planned actions had anything to do with him being Muslim. /

katiejane on November 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Give credit to the New York Times, too, for reporting significantly on Pimentel’s jihadist motivations.

The NYT’s first draft on this didn’t reference him as a jihadi at all – mentioning at the very end his alias of Muhammad Yusuf.

Red Cloud on November 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

There are no lone wolves when it comes to Islamofacist terrorism.

They may act individually, but they are all part of the same pack of scum.

coldwarrior on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Shhh…Bloomberg doesn’t want that to get around.

Lourdes on November 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Yep, but what still puts the fear of God in me is knowing how easily they could start with the roadside bombs and IEDs here in America.

hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

You could count on this regime to caution us not to overreact.

Extrafishy on November 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

They need to apply the White House’s political secrecy levels to the CIA.

RBMN on November 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

I’m sensing a pattern here with all these muslim terrorists, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

SouthernGent on November 21, 2011 at 9:43 AM

They need to apply the White House’s political secrecy levels to the CIA.

RBMN on November 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Oops, wrong thread.

RBMN on November 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Damn. I mean, just LOOK at him – typical Teabagger!

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RedNewEnglander on November 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I shudder to think who they don’t know about.

Cindy Munford on November 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM

“An hour away” from assembling bombs.

And if the cops hadn’t had their hands full babysitting douchebags down at Zucotti, they might have gotten him when he was a day, week, or month away from doing so.

fusionaddict on November 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

“He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in Bayonne, N.J.

A student of Bill Ayers?

Texican Ben on November 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM

More fallout from that Palin “target” map.

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM

As I said last night, where in the world does Bloomberg get that he wants to “take away our freedoms”? Since when did invading and occupying third world hell holes become one of the inalienable rights?

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Unlike military drivers who are reasonably well trained to spot IED our civilian population would be sitting ducks.

chemman on November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I think you need just one more layer of tin foil and it will all become clear.

stefanite on November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Maybe it’s the hair.

Dash on November 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Well, grooming and hygiene aren’t exactly strong suits for either OWS goons or Islamobaddies.

CurtZHP on November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Doncha just love Mark Steyn for his perfect turn of phrase?

Here, he addresses NRO’s Rich Lowry:

Rich, re that “Man Arrested And Charged In Bomb Plot,” don’t worry about Señor Pimentel also being “known as Muhammad Yusuf.” Mayor Bloomberg has already pronounced him a “lone wolf“:

Mayor: ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Suspect Arrested

Alleged ‘Lone Wolf’ Arrested In New York On Terror Charges

’Lone Wolf’ Terror Suspect Arraigned In New York

So relax. He’s just another working stiff from Local 473 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves. Any connection between Muhammad and any other Mohammeds, Mohameds, Muhammeds or Muhamads is purely coincidental. For one thing, Mr Yusuf was thinking of adopting the name “Osama Hussein,” after Messrs bin Laden and Saddam, but worried that it might draw unwanted attention to himself. Which shows how little he knows about us.

So nothing to worry about. There’ll be another lone wolf along any moment. All jihad is local.

I watched that press conference, too, and I have to say kudos to Commisioner Kelly, a take-no-bs kind of guy. Bloomberg comes off like a really passive apologist.

onlineanalyst on November 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

stefanite on November 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Please explain why. Or am I too dumb to understand your Hawkishness?

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

As I said last night, where in the world does Bloomberg get that he wants to “take away our freedoms”? Since when did invading and occupying third world hell holes become one of the inalienable rights?

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Your rights may be inalienable, but mine are unalienable.

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Or am I too dumb to understand your Hawkishness?

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Yes, because you believe that if we got out of the Middle East entirely, and shipped all the Israeli Jews back to Europe, Islamists would stop trying to kill us.

stefanite on November 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Even when they catch one of these scumbags red-handed, some dumbasses have to minimize and pander with crap like “lone wolf”. As others have noted, there are no “lone wolves” in Jihad, they are all connected.

In fact, this guy’s connections are what caused him to pop up on the radar in the first place. He was active in the network.

Jawas have been on to him for a while.

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/210194.php

novaculus on November 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I’m thinking the left saw his freed-fighter aspirations as First Amendment and Freedom Of Religion issues. Poor left.

emerson7 on November 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

As I said last night, where in the world does Bloomberg get that he wants to “take away our freedoms”? Since when did invading and occupying third world hell holes become one of the inalienable rights?

Notorious GOP on November 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Are you calling what we did, illegal?

Was that your observation when you were there?

hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

If there was no risk anyone else would be hurt I would have waited for him to assemble the pipe bombs cause’ by the looks of this “brain surgeon” odds are he would have blowed himself up!

Liberty or Death on November 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Bloomberg has already determined this has nothing to do with the great religion of peace, Mohammadism. He would have made a great Mayor for Vichy Paree.

borntoraisehogs on November 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Must be PTSD or maybe he’s behind on his mortgage or a tea partier.

vcferlita on November 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Proof that Pres**ent Obama’s “anit-terror” activities are making even more terrorists.

J_Crater on November 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

No need to go overboard in praising the NYPD. This terrorist has been broadcasting his every move on his website for over 2 years, and downloading how-to videos of himself. Barney Fife could have cracked this case.

nottakingsides on November 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

how easily they could start with the roadside bombs and IEDs here in America.
hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

With a match head pipe bomb? I doubt this match head pipe bomb would have broken the pipe casing. Good thing he wrote up what he was up too on his web site. Once again the system worked!

DSchoen on November 21, 2011 at 3:06 PM

how easily they could start with the roadside bombs and IEDs here in America.
hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM
With a match head pipe bomb? I doubt this match head pipe bomb would have broken the pipe casing. Good thing he wrote up what he was up too on his web site. Once again the system worked!

DSchoen on November 21, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Probably not this guy with a matchhead bomb. But I wasn’t just talking about him.

hawkdriver on November 22, 2011 at 4:02 AM