U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who claim that their top priority is terrorism failed to detect, investigate and arrest a group of North African Muslim terrorists. Both John Morton, head of ICE, and a commenter on this blog, routinely claim that their job is stopping terrorism.
Two men who were allegedly trying to buy guns and grenades have been arrested in New York City in connection with a potential terrorist act, possibly aimed at area synagogues, according to several New York media outlets.
WNBC quotes law enforcement officials as saying the men were taken into custody by NYPD intelligence officers during a sting operation in which they were allegedly trying to buy guns and grenades.
WABC quotes authorities as saying the two men, described as Muslims of North African descent, had talked about attacking synagogues in Manhattan, but investigators say they were planning out loud and no specific synagogue was selected.
Criminal charges are likely to be announced today. The New York Times notes that the case is being brought by New York officials, whereas major terrorism cases are generally investigated by the FBI and prosecuted in federal court.
Well, the New York Police Department caught these terrorists. ICE was no where to be found.
Reporting from New York City— The New York Police Department arrested two men Wednesday night in Midtown Manhattan on terrorism-related charges, according to a law-enforcement official who declined to provide further details Thursday morning.
ABC News reported that the men allegedly were trying to buy weapons, including a grenade, as part of a plot to attack Manhattan synagogues.
Drug Trafficking No specific synagogue was cited, but one of the men, who was described as in his 20s and living in Queens, allegedly was going to sell drugs to get money for the weapons, ABC reported, quoting police sources. He was drug dealing for jihad, a source told ABC News.
Although New York police have been on high alert since the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces this month, undercover officers apparently came across this latest alleged scheme before the death of the Al Qaeda leader and set up a sting operation.
New York's mayor and police commissioner were scheduled to discuss the arrests Thursday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported that the FBI was consulted about the case and declined to pursue it.
Since the 9/11 attacks, law-enforcement officials have foiled a dozen terrorism plots targeting New York.
Check out Samurai77 who claims he is an ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent. He claims that terrorism is ICE's priority, but, as usual, they missed out on this one. Great work Samurai, you missed two terrorists. A good thing that the NYPD was on the case, otherwise there would be some dead Americans, just like in ICE HSI's failed Operation Gun Walker resulted in two dead Americans.