Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Massachusetts Man" Plotted To Bomb The Pentagon And Capitol Building

That's how all the news media are reporting it, anyway. Just a "Massachusetts man" of no special interest. And if his name happens to be "Rezwan Ferdaus," it would be very wrong of you to infer from that any foreign national origin, non-Western civilization, or religious identity.

You can take it from U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz herself that Ferdaus's actions do not reflect on any particular culture, community, or religion. She says so right there in the FBI press release announcing Ferdaus' arrest:

“Our top priority is to protect our nation from terrorism and national security threats. The conduct alleged today shows that Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country, including attacks on the Pentagon and our nation’s Capitol. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners, that plan was thwarted,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “I want the public to understand that Mr. Ferdaus’ conduct, as alleged in the complaint, is not reflective of a particular culture, community, or religion,” she added. “In addition to protecting our citizens from the threats and violence alleged today, we also have an obligation to protect members of every community, race, and religion against violence and other unlawful conduct.”

But wait. What about this statement in the very same press release?

During various recorded meetings, Ferdaus envisioned causing a large “psychological” impact by killing Americans, including women and children, who he referred to as “enemies of Allah.” According to the affidavit, Ferdaus’ desire to attack the United States is so strong that he confided, “I just can’t stop; there is no other choice for me.”

Enemies of Allah? Are they a big problem in Massachusetts?

The affidavit and complaint filed in the case says the same thing:

"Ferdaus ... began planning to commit violent "jihad" against the United States, which he considers an enemy of Allah."

Why don't we just come clean and say that a "Muslim man in Massachusetts" was plotting to commit terrorism against the United States? That's what happened, after all.

Back to the press release, we learn that the FBI toyed with Ferdaus for a year before hooking him up with the weapons and explosives that are the basis for most of the charges against him:

According to the affidavit, at today’s meeting the [FBI's undercover agent] allowed Ferdaus to inspect the explosives and firearms (a quantity of C-4 explosives, three grenades, and six fully-automatic AK-47 assault rifles) that the [undercover agents] delivered, and that Ferdaus had requested for his attack plan. After inspecting the components, Ferdaus brought them to his storage unit, took possession of the explosives and firearms, and locked them in his storage unit. Ferdaus was then immediately arrested.

Maybe Ferdaus didn't read chapter seven of the al Qaeda manual, which instructs the jihadi on precautions he should take when buying or transporting weapons. In particular:

"Prior to purchasing, the seller should be tested to ensure that he is not an agent of the security apparatus."

Good advice, that.

All in all, Ferdaus ought to have stuck with his bitchin' Freestyle Americana band, the Silk Road. He made a better drummer than terrorist.


Anonymous said...

TSB: "Silk Road" has an opening? How about this experienced musician who has proven he can play with almost ANYONE!??


Anonymous said...

TSB: I'm glad I didn't try listening to that music last night before bed. It would take some chemical preparation and campadres to deal with that stuff. (especially Gaza Dozer)

Anonymous said...

TSB: Are you sure that guy wasn't just a suicidal Red Sox fan with a religious overlay? gwb

TSB said...

The Red Sox are a good angle. When "Massachusetts Man" comes to trial, he might want to try out a secular motive like that.

Anonymous said...

I've been rooting for the Rays to overcome the Sox all season. And to have ex-Ray Carl Crawford blow the final play for Boston was sweet! But we Mariner fans feel your pain Boston! gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: I guess a FOI request uncovered that there are 422,000 US citizens on the terrorist watch list. I sure would hate to see what might happen if any of these federal agencies became politicized? And I predict that many of the mute politicians who voted for all this might have some near term problems getting re-elected. Of course the new Gov. of N.Carolina has already called for suspending the 2012 Elections. R.Nixon would love this! gwb

Anonymous said...

Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead: U.S.-Born Al Qaeda Cleric Killed In Yemen

TSB: It's almost the 2 year anniversary of the 10/6/09 Ft.Hood shooting inspired by this guy. Interesting how things happen on anniversaries. gwb

TSB said...

The two year anniversary? I missed that. Thanks!