NYPD Thwarts NYC Terrorist Plot
The Manhattan District Attorney has filed charges against 27-year old Jose Pimentel of Washington Heights. Pimintel was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and postal facilities in New York City. Pimentel has been under the surveillance of the NYPD for the last two-years and is described as an al-Qaeda sympathizer. His intended targets were U.S. Troops returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, US Postal workers and Law Enforcement Personnel. Pimintel was acting alone and had not been identified as acting under a terrorist organization.
According the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Piminetel was inspired to commit his acts following the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. Pimintel was a follower of al-Awlaki and sought to travel to Yemen for training so he could return to New York to become a martyr in the name of Jihad. Pimitel is a US Citizen born in the Dominican Republic who converted to Islam and lived most of his life in Manhattan. He wanted to change his name to Osama Hussein to pay homage to his heros Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
This is another incident that tells us that our nation is still vulnerable to terrorism.