4 MUSLIM HOME GROWN TERRORISTS Arrested in Plot to Bomb NYC Synagogue and take down an Air National Guard Plane

The FBI arrested four MUSLIM men in New York City on Wednesday evening in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb and blow up a military plane.


One of the terrorists (NY POST photo)
One of the terrorists (NY POST photo)

Officials told The Associated Press the arrests came after a long-running undercover operation that began in Newburgh, NY MOSQUE.

The names and charges were not immediately known, but authorities said the suspects had planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives outside a temple in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. The investigation had been under way for about a year.

FBI officials were expected to announce the arrests Wednesday night.Rep. Peter King of New York, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests.

“This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists,” said King.

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FROM A PRESS RELEASE from the US Attorney’s Office:

The charges, which are contained in a criminal 

Complaint filed yesterday in White Plains federal court, include 

conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United 

States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles. 

The defendants are expected to appear in White Plains federal 

court tomorrow.  According to the Complaint: 


In June 2008, an informant working with the FBI met 

CROMITIE in Newburgh, New York.  CROMITIE explained to the 

informant that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and that he 

was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were 

being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the United States 

Military forces.  CROMITIE expressed interest in returning to 

Afghanistan and spoke to the CW about how if he, CROMITIE, were 

to die a martyr, he would go to “paradise.”  CROMITIE also 

expressed an interest in doing “something to America.”  The 

following month, CROMITIE and the informant discussed the 

organization Jaish-e-Mohammed, a designated Foreign Terrorist 

Organization based in Pakistan, with which the informant claimed 

to be involved.  CROMITIE stated to the informant that he, 

CROMITIE, would be interested in joining Jaish-e-Mohammed to “do 

jihad.”

 

Beginning in October 2008, the informant began meeting 

with CROMITIE at a house in Newburgh, New York that the FBI had 

equipped with concealed video and audio equipment.  During 

meetings at this location, CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS, ONTA 

WILLIAMS, and PAYEN discussed their desire to attack certain 

targets in New York, including a synagogue in the Bronx and 

military aircraft located at the Air National Guard Base. 

CROMITIE asked the informant to supply surface-to-air guided 

missiles and explosives for the planned operations.  The 

informant responded that he could provide CROMITIE with C-4 

plastic explosives. Read More NY POST

 

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