New York City police did their job, another terrorist plot was thwarted. No big deal, nothing to see here. (Unless he had been successful in completing his plans.) At least 14 terrorist plots have been stopped in New York since September 11, 2001. The terrorist, Jose Pimentel, “a 27-year-old al-Qaida sympathizer”, was arrested. Most people didn't know anything about it until everything was over, many were busy watching weekend football or having fun with family and friends. The FBI apparently was not interrested.* Thank goodness for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Let's look at the facts, allegedly:
Jose Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yusuf, had the bomb almost ready. - check!
He is an American citizen who converted to Islam. -check! (originally from the Dominican Republic)
He is blaming his motivation on Iraq and Afghanistan. -check!
He wanted to change his name to Osama Hussein, in honor of his idols Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. -check!
Pimentel is accused of having an explosive device Saturday when he was arrested that he planned to use against others and property to terrorize the public. The charges accuse him of conspiracy going back at least to October 2010, and include first-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism, and soliciting support for a terrorist act. (Big Peace)
It is interesting to note that "Mom of NYC All American Muslim bomber : She "couldn't deal with him after he started reading the Koran in 2001"". But it is probably just our Islamophobia. I'm sure he's a good boy...
News reports indicate that the FBI declined to pursue Pimentel because agents considered him "mentally unstable" and not a serious threat. But Pimentel's blog, monitored by law enforcement officials for the past year, shows sophisticated reasoning and articulate expression of why he wanted to kill Americans. It is rare that terrorists leave behind such a clear trail of their radicalization process, with detailed identification of the influences that motivated their actions.
The case shows that, although the release of English-language jihadi materials has taken a hit since the September killing of al-Qaida ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, the videos and writings he left behind still inspire terrorist plots.
Pimentel's website, trueislam1.com, mixes radical Islamist ideology and mainstream Islam, creating the picture of an educated and dangerous extremist.
His reading list includes classic commentaries of the Quran alongside radical texts, such as Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb's Milestones and [Kitab al] Tawheed by Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabism. Milestones is a highly intellectual work that develops the case for political Islam and jihad to establish a modern Islamic state, while Wahhab's theological text forms the basis for a more puritanical form of Islamic law. Posts from Pimentel's website demonstrate his ability to synthesize ideas from sources like these into clear and coherent arguments. [snip]
Other posts lay out his hatred toward American society and the military, particularly his reposting of interviews with al-Qaida's new supreme leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He also declared Osama bin Laden to be the "Leader of the Believers" and threatened that al-Qaida's war "puts all military, political, and financial facilities that benefit the U.S. in danger."
As if foreshadowing his own plot and subsequent demise, Pimentel also set up his website as a guide to everything a future would-be extremist would need. He stopped posting on the blog months before building his own bombs, leaving a huge volume of documents and his own posts as a legacy. These include ideological texts and explosives manuals, as well as non-violent educational materials about Islam. The last post, "How to Use This Blog," even states that Pimentel intends his website to be a manual for others to follow, down to converting all of his posts to printable PDFs and adding a multilingual translator.