Monday, October 20, 2008

Al-Qaida Inspired Fort Dix Plot? The Hell, You Say.

Why is it that this sounds vaguely familiar?

Authorities said that in 2006 and 2007 the men turned paintball games into terrorist training sessions and met to discuss a plot to sneak into Fort Dix, used primarily to train reservists for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. No attack was carried out.

"Their motive was to defend Islam. Their inspiration was al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Their intent was to kill members of the United States armed services," Deputy U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick told the jurors. - from the National Examiner


Oh, yeah. That's why.

While some of the allegations have already surfaced in public reports, a great deal in the factum had never been published. Some of that expected evidence
  • Videos of terrorist indoctrination, in which the accused are exhorted to wage battle in the new empire of "Rome" in North America, "whether we get arrested, whether we get killed."
  • Wiretap surveillance in which they discuss their desire to "establish the religion of Allah and to get rid of the oppressors" and the need for funds to finance their goals of building a "team" to "go make an attack."
  • The construction of a "radio frequency remote-control detonator" that needed
    to be improved because its range was nine metres.
  • Allegations the accused attended two training camps. One was a 12-day camp
    near the town of Washago, Ont., where they practised military-style exercises in camouflage gear and undertook firearms training with a 9-mm firearm. The second was a two-day camp at the Rockwood Conservation Area, where they donned camouflage clothing and made a propaganda-style video of their military drills. - from the Toronto Star

Did you ever get the idea that maybe sometimes we're just not connecting all the dots?

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