Federal agents convinced a naïve, violence-inclined 21-year-old Bangladeshi that he was a member of al-Qaeda, giving the dupe fake bombs to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before swarming in and arresting him on October 17. As has become typical, government officials scrambled to put out press releases patting themselves on the back for their work protecting the Homeland.
In reality, however, there was no al-Qaeda, there was no threat, there were no bombs, and the only alleged plot the FBI foiled was the one it helped hatch with its dupe, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. Like the vast majority of recent domestic terror schemes against the United States, the latest supposed operation was essentially run by authorities from start to finish.
It is important to emphasize that the public was never at risk in this case, because two of the defendants accomplices were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent, Acting Assistant FBI Director Mary Galligan admitted in a press release celebrating the arrest. The FBI continues to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (seen in Bangladesh in an undated family photo), a Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaeda links has been arrested in New York on charges of trying to use a 1,000 pound bomb to destroy the citys Federal Reserve building.
The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court also confirmed that authorities gave their dupe bogus explosives to carry out the bogus attack. "The material that purported to be the explosive material was actually inert and posed no threat to the safety of the public," the document confirmed, fueling more criticism of the governments terror-war tactics that include cultivating terrorists and supplying all their terror needs.
The apparently dim-witted young man from Bangladesh was in the United States on a student visa when he allegedly tried to find others to join him in carrying out an attack. According to the criminal complaint, he miraculously managed to find an FBI source to help on his mission. The confidential informant promptly introduced him to government agents who promised to assist.
I dont want something thats like, small, Nafis allegedly told an undercover agent who was posing as an al-Qaeda member and wearing a recording device. I just want something big. Something very big. Very, very, very, very big, that will shake the whole country. He was apparently hoping to destroy America with an attack that would bring Muslims closer to running the whole world.
Despite claiming to have connections, authorities had to convince Nafis that he really was part of al-Qaeda. "The thing that I want to ask you about is that, the thing Im doing, is it under al-Qaeda?" the confused would-be terrorist asked one of his government handlers. The unidentified undercover law-enforcement officer assured the bewildered dupe that the attack would indeed be for al-Qaeda.
In numerous similar setups where the FBI has persuaded dupes to help plot terror attacks, the government offered big money in an effort to get the schemes off the ground. It remains unclear whether Nafis was given any cash reward for his services. However, most everything else was supplied by law enforcement including the bogus bombs.
Plot to attack Federal Reserve in NYC: Suspect thought he had 1,000-pound bomb, authorities say
A suspected terrorist parked a van packed with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb next to the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan and tried to detonate it Wednesday morning before he was arrested in a terror sting operation, authorities said.
The suspect, 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, is a Bangladeshi national who came to the U.S. on a student visa in January for the specific purpose of launching a terror attack here, authorities said. He allegedly told an undercover agent last month that he hoped the attack would disrupt the presidential election, saying "You know what, this election might even stop," according to the criminal complaint against him.
"He clearly had the intent of creating mayhem here," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Wednesday, saying his actions went "way past aspirational."
The complaint said Nafis wrote a statement claiming responsibility for what he thought would be the Fed attack, saying he wanted to "destroy America" by going after its economy. He referred to "our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden" in the statement, which was stored on a thumb drive.
He also proposed various other targets beyond the Fed building at 33 Liberty St., just blocks from the World Trade Center site, prosecutors said. He considered targeting a "high-ranking U.S. official" as well as the New York Stock Exchange.
Kelly said he knew who the official was but refused to name the person, saying only that any details not in the complaint would be revealed in future court proceedings.
He allegedly sought out al-Qaida contacts to help him, unknowingly recruiting an FBI source in the process. At that point, the FBI and NYPD began monitoring him as he developed the plot, prosecutors said.
An undercover FBI agent posed as an al-Qaida facilitator, supplying him with 20 50-pound bags of what he thought were explosives to use in building his bomb. Nafis also visited the Lower Manhattan site multiple times as he planned the attack, officials said.
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