The FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force members placed two men under arrest as they tried to leave the US from New York’s JFK Airport last night…..
Mohamed Mahmoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey where detained just before boarding two separate flights out the country…The Task Force began investigating the two after friends and family members of the two became concerned with the two’s interest in violence and terrorism…..
The FBI and New Jersey police conducted evidence securing raids at their homes in New Jersey after the two where arrested…..
The FBI received a tip regarding the men’s activities in October 2006, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey.
The tip, from someone who knew the men, said, “Every time they access the Internet all they look for is all those terrorist videos. … They keep saying that Americans are their enemies, that everybody other than Islamic followers are their enemies … and they all must be killed.”
As part of the investigation, an undercover officer with the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit “recorded numerous meetings and conversation” with the two men, prosecutors said.
During those meetings, they discussed a plan under which they would save thousands of dollars and physically condition themselves through paintball and other training, then acquire military gear and apparel for use overseas, and buy plane tickets to Egypt with the intent to travel to Somalia.
“The defendants also discussed their obligation to wage violent jihad and at times expressed a willingness to commit acts of violence in the United States,” prosecutors said…..
[ A view of the what the reflecting pools will be like at the site….]
Thru a partnership with Google Earth the views are really great of the site and lower Manhattan….
The World Trade Center memorial won’t open until next year, but virtual visitors now can see all its haunting and heartbreaking detail online.
An interactive, three-dimensional model of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum went up online on Wednesday.
Thanks to a partnership with Google Earth, which donated its
techno-wizardry, visitors can now zoom in to the iconic 30-foot waterfalls that will thunder into the two reflecting pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers.
They can pan over the entire 16-acre site for a bird’s-eye view of the eight-acre Memorial, marvel at the emerald green leaves of the 400 swamp white oak trees on the plaza or gaze at the Freedom Tower as it soars to a breathtaking 1,776 feet.
“You can even peek through the glass atrium of the Museum Pavilion to see the two seven-story-tall steel tridents that will greet future visitors to the site,” said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels.
So razor-sharp and up-close are the visual details that family members will be able to hone in on the nearly 3,000 bronze nameplates that will identify the innocents who were massacred in the 2001 attacks.
“About 99% of the world’s population will never visit the site,” said Bruce Polderman, a product manager for Google Earth, a satellite imagery-based mapping program which created the dimensionally accurate 3D model.
“This gives them the ability to visualize the completed Memorial in its geographic context even before it is fully constructed.”
For a panoramic view of the World Trade Center construction site…… click this link…..
From TPL….This on the Mosque being rebuild in the area……Link……....
The New York Times has been heavy on the case of a US Government program that seems to have been set up by some ex-US government good guys, and a few questionable ones…..
If you read military action novels you are very familiar with the scenario where a President…feed up with the bureaucracy involved with the CIA, Military and other agencies…..turns to a few individuals to get the job done…To find out what’s going on without regard to career building, cover your butt, or what the chief executive wants to hear…..That apperas to have turned into contract for Lockheed….
They in turn put together a group of former CIA operators, who hired former US special operators (SEAL’s, Deltas and other CIA special operators and natives of the two countries)
This works since the US wants to say it doesn’t have ground troops operating in Pakistan …..
The operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to have morphed into that same thing…..
The names mentioned in the piece are old CIA operators and high up US Military who left the service to retire when new improved people were brought on board….
These old hands are now running a private service that is paid by the government in a contract to the Lockheed Corporation…..
And let me mention one thing very clearly ……
THE US MILITARY IS VERY HAPPY WITH THE SET-UP!
The New York Times seems a bit indignant …
But the Generals that run the war are NOT…
The private contractor provides valuable intel…and the while the word has gone out that the operation will not be renewed…
The US military it appears…
DOES NOT WANT IT STOPPED……THEY WANT IT TO CONTINUE….
The whole op is not under investigation by the government but
, Michael D. Furlong , is…….And if my mind set is right….this was the guy who set up Vice President’s Cheney’s separate intelligence network…….
The New York Times found that Mr. Furlong’s operatives were still providing information using the same intelligence gathering methods as before and because they are using ex-US military operators…..then natural evolution of the program has occurred and those operator ……who are supervised by military people who just a few years ago ran the Iraq war and still have friends in high places and are trusted…carry out ‘wet’ work if it comes their way….
The whole thing is…..
9/11 has changed things…..
This whole story by the New York Times misses a very basic point….
Remember when General McChrsytal was faced with a choice of what strategy to use in the war last year?
President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, went with door ‘B’…..the middle troop choice…The US will reach that strength level in Afghanistan by July….But few remember Vice President Biden’s choice…..I do…..
That’s what the Lockheed group is doing….
So…..The Vice President got his choice also….Signed off on in 2009 by General Patreaus….
And the Commander – in Chief….
The Operation isn’t going away anytime soon….
No matter how much sunlight the New York Times* shines on it…..
Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information — some of which was used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. Many portrayed it as a rogue operation that had been hastily shut down once an investigation began.
But interviews with more than a dozen current and former government officials and businessmen, and an examination of government documents, tell a different a story. Not only are the networks still operating, their detailed reports on subjects like the workings of the Taliban leadership in Pakistan and the movements of enemy fighters in southern Afghanistan are also submitted almost daily to top commanders and have become an important source of intelligence.
The American military is largely prohibited from operating inside Pakistan. And under Pentagon rules, the army is not allowed to hire contractors for spying.
Military officials said that when Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in the region, signed off on the operation in January 2009, there were prohibitions against intelligence gathering, including hiring agents to provide information about enemy positions in Pakistan. The contractors were supposed to provide only broad information about the political and tribal dynamics in the region, and information that could be used for “force protection,” they said.
Some Pentagon officials said that over time the operation appeared to morph into traditional spying activities. And they pointed out that the supervisor who set up the contractor network, Michael D. Furlong, was now under investigation.
But a review of the program by The New York Times found that Mr. Furlong’s operatives were still providing information using the same intelligence gathering methods as before. The contractors were still being paid under a $22 million contract, the review shows, managed by Lockheed Martin and supervised by the Pentagon office in charge of special operations policy.
Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the program “remains under investigation by multiple offices within the Defense Department,” so it would be inappropriate to answer specific questions about who approved the operation or why it continues.
“I assure you we are committed to determining if any laws were broken or policies violated,” he said. Spokesmen for General Petraeus and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, declined to comment. Mr. Furlong remains at his job, working as a senior civilian Air Force official.
A senior defense official said that the Pentagon decided just recently not to renew the contract, which expires at the end of May. While the Pentagon declined to discuss the program, it appears that commanders in the field are in no rush to shut it down because some of the information has been highly valuable, particularly in protecting troops against enemy attacks.
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the expanded role of contractors on the battlefield — from interrogating prisoners to hunting terrorism suspects — has raised questions about whether the United States has outsourced some of its most secretive and important operations to a private army many fear is largely unaccountable. The C.I.A. has relied extensively on contractors in recent years to carry out missions in war zones…….
The exposure of the spying network also reveals tensions between the Pentagon and the C.I.A., which itself is running a covert war across the border in Pakistan. In December, a cable from the C.I.A.’s station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, to the Pentagon argued that the military’s hiring of its own spies could have disastrous consequences, with various networks possibly colliding with one another.
The memo also said that Mr. Furlong had a history of delving into outlandish intelligence schemes, including an episode in 2008, when American officials expelled him from Prague for trying to clandestinely set up computer servers for propaganda operations. Some officials say they believe that the C.I.A. is trying to scuttle the operation to protect its own turf, and that the spy agency has been embarrassed because the contractors are outperforming C.I.A. operatives.……….
Note …….One could get the idea that this piece was written by someone who set out to ‘out the operation’ from a ‘turf’ war point of view……
The author has held back sensitive information he says about the operation…..
The FBI agents , along with NYPD Detectives that interviewed Faisal Shahzad after he was taken off a flight at New York’s JFK Airport questioned him First…..
Then finding nothing of immediate danger…read him his rights…..
A lot Congressman are mad about that….
The FBI agents and NYPD detectives are law enforcement officers…..
The deal with crimes….
Trying to set a van on fire is arson…..
Using firecracker’s to do it…is using explosives….
It appears that the suspect was singing like a bird because right after the FBI, NYPD and ‘other’ people got finished talking to him….
Things started happening (arrests ) in Pakistan……
In the end this whole thing is going to end up in front of a judge…..
Wither they make a deal..or there is a trial (unlikely )…..
With the track record in these things…
Since this guy IS singing
It’s better to get things right……
Holder also said that Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan, could face life in prison if convicted on terrorism charges. An FBI complaint issued Tuesday accused Shahzad of five felony counts of attempting to detonate explosives in Times Square and said he had admitted his involvement. Shahzad has not yet appeared in court, however. A federal court appearance originally set for Tuesday was postponed amid indications that interrogators wanted to continue questioning him before bringing him before a judge.
Some congressional Republicans have criticized the administration’s handling of the Shahzad case, questioning the decision to read him his Miranda rights and saying he should have immediately been treated as an enemy combatant.
Holder rejected such criticism under questioning at Thursday’s hearing. He said the Supreme Court has held that Miranda warnings have a “constitutional dimension” and that every American who is arrested has a right to hear them.
He added that “there are exceptions to Miranda, and that is one of the ways in which we conduct our interrogations of terrorism suspects.” He cited a “public safety exception” that allows police or federal agents to question suspected terrorists about such matters as whether they are acting alone, know of other threats or have anyone coming to help them.
[ Members of the New York Police Department’s Bomb Squad in Times Square on Saturday. ]
The New York City Police Bomb Squad is just a small number of officers and bosses within a 35,000 person mega police department…but they are among the best non-military bomb squads on the planet……
And they have been busy in the recent past…..
They handle real bombs, incendiary packages like this recent one, do security checks for presidential visits, and the annual UN meetings and do safety meeting for the NYPD and other law enforcement and civilian f groups…..
The Squad will be working today while the Iranian President and the US Secretary of State visit the United Nations in New York……
To most people there, it was a sophisticated, technologically advanced response to a looming catastrophe. But the police reaction to the report of a car bomb in Times Square on Saturday night was more than a century in the making, drawing on the expertise of a unit that has seen its share of lean times over the years, and tragedies.
A robot that looked like a moon rover was the latest issue, and an officer wore the most advanced Kevlar suit. Both were used after the authorities learned of a box with smoke pouring from it in the back of a Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle parked on West 45th Street.
After the 9/11 attacks, the Police Department’s Bomb Squad came to be seen as the vanguard of the city’s terror response. On Saturday night, in its highest-profile test since then, they responded with flying colors, according to the unit commander, Lt. Mark Torre. They had been preparing for decades.
When the unit, created in 1903 and led by Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino, was called the Italian Squad, the bombs were sticks of dynamite, instruments of extortion used by the Black Hand to intimidate Italian merchants and residents.
Over the years, and depending on the perceived threat, the unit was called the Anarchist Squad and the Radical Squad, according to an article about the Bomb Squad printed in Spring 3100, an internal Police Department magazine. On July 4, 1940,two Bomb Squad detectives were killed trying to defuse a bomb planted in the British Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair.
For video on the Unit…..check Here………….…..
The New York City Police Department and the FBI are the lead agencies investigating a crude car bomb that failed to go off in a SUV parked in New York City’s Times Square area last evening…..
The vehicle was loaded with propane and gasoline ……and had firecrackers as a fuse…..
The firecrackers where lit..but burned the car’s interior instead of setting off the liquids in cans….that would have resulted in an explosion….
As with the attempt on the NW 235 flight….the ingination system on the device failed to set the device off…
The vehicle was first noticed by a sidewalk vendor who alerted a nearby police officer….
Once he saw the vehicle….
He called for help…..
The New York City Police Department and Fire Department arrived on the scene and after seeing what they had….
Immediately evacuated several blocks around the area…..
“We are very lucky,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a 2:15 a.m. press conference. “We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”
A large swath of Midtown — from 43rd Street to 48th Street, and from Sixth to Eighth Avenues — was closed for much of the evening after the Pathfinder was discovered just off Broadway on 45th Street. Several theaters and stores, as well as a portion of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, were evacuated. The streets and hotels have since reopened.
Federal authorities said the incident appeared to be an isolated one, and that there was no evidence of an ongoing threat to the city.
“We are treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack,”Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, told CNN, one of several television appearances she made on Sunday morning.
The bomb itself was not a sophisticated device, Ms. Napolitano said on ABC’s “This Week.” She said there was no clear sense about how large the explosion might have been. “Right now, we have no evidence other than it is a one-off,” she said.
On Sunday, police and F.B.I. officials were also investigating a 911 call placed at around 4 .a.m. on Sunday, several officials said. The caller, who one official said sounded intelligent, admonished the 911 dispatcher not to interrupt him until he was finished and then said there would be a massive explosion soon and the car in Times Square was only a diversion.
The call came from a payphone at West 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, which detectives have since dusted for fingerprints, the officials said…..
Kevin B. Barry, a former supervisor in the New York Police Department bomb squad, said that if the device had functioned, “it would be more of an incendiary event” than an explosion.
Note...This the first car bomb attemp in New York City since the 1993 first World Trade Center bombing.…..
Is anyone surprised at this headline?
One must assume that if you get a phone anywhere on the planet and mention certain words, phrases or key locations….sooner or latter someone is going to come knocking on your door……
It is the nature of the times we live in……
The main problem is can the listeners get the information about a prospective incident to the right people to prevent it?
Those include a vast array of information-sharing programs, dozens of intelligence “fusion” centers formed by local, state and federal officials, and data-mining projects that involve probing mountains of telecommunications and commercial records for leads.
Details about the programs are contained in so-called “privacy impact assessments,” although officials blacked out large portions of them pointing to security exemptions under federal open-government laws. The documents nonetheless offer hints about the scope of such initiatives.
Sections of the documents that are not redacted describe Pathfinder as an “integrated text search, retrieval, display and analytic tool suite used to analyze intelligence community message traffic,” which would appear to fit the definition of data mining and includes personal information belonging to Americans.
Update…The link to the list of programs in the PolitcsDaily post is blank…….Hummmmm?
Note….what’s the big deal?…anything you want to know about people is on Facebook or YouTube…….
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