Feds Arrest Man Plotting Attack On New York Fed

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Update: we now have the suspect's name: Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who in addition to Plan A had Plan B: "If Nafis felt his attack was about to be thwarted by cops, he would invoke the back-up plan, which involved a suicide bombing operation"

From CNN

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan, the Department of Justice and a U.S. attorney's office said in a press release.

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We now have some more detail about the plot to blow up the reserve bank from a press release that breaks down the criminal complaint filed against Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis:


The Bangladeshi national allegedly came to the United States in January to carry out a terror attack on U.S. soil and said he had overseas connections to al-Qaeda. As he attempted to recruit others to join his cell, he tried to recruit someone who turned out to be an FBI source, the criminal complaint says.


Nafis initially had a few targets in mind, according to the complaint, including  "a high-ranking U.S. official and the New York Stock Exchange." In the end, Nafis settled on the New York Federal Reserve Bank, federal officials said.


"In a written statement intended to claim responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Federal Reserve Bank on behalf of al-Qaeda, Nafis wrote that he wanted to 'destroy America' and that he believed the most efficient way to accomplish this goal was to target America’s economy," the Justice Department press release said. "In this statement, Nafis also included quotations from 'our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden' to justify the fact that Nafis expected that the attack would involve the killing of women and children."


The "explosives that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public," according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch.


The plot came to light as an FBI undercover agent posed as an al-Qaeda facilitator, federal authorities say.


Nafis asked the undercover agent for 50-pound bags of what he thought were explosives, and then worked on putting together an explosive device, according to prosecutors.


"Nafis purchased components for the bomb’s detonator and conducted surveillance for his attack on multiple occasions in New York City’s financial district in lower Manhattan," a Justice Department press release describing the criminal complaint said. “Throughout his interactions with the undercover agent, Nafis repeatedly asserted that the plan was his own and was the reason he had come to the United States."


He met an undercover agent that supplied him with what he thought were explosives on Wednesday morning. After meeting up, they both traveled in a van to a warehouse, the Justice Department said.


That’s apparently when Nafis told the agent he had a "Plan B."


If Nafis felt his attack was about to be thwarted by cops, he would invoke the back-up plan, which involved a suicide bombing operation, the criminal complaint alleges.


When the pair arrived at the warehouse, Nafis began putting together what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside the van. Then they drove together to the target: The New York Federal Reserve Bank. As they drove, he armed the purported by putting together the detonator and the explosives, the criminal complaint says.


The van was then parked next to the bank. The pair went to a nearby hotel, where Nafis apparently recorded a video statement meant to be shown to the American public in connection with the attack.


"We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom," he said, according to the criminal complaint.


He then tried, several times unsuccessfully, to detonate the device, which was actually inert explosives.


Nafis was then arrested.


A good portion of the sting operation was caught on tape, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

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NBC 4 New York has learned that federal authorities have arrested a man they say was plotting to attack the Federal Reserve in New York City. The man is in custody in New York. Sources tell NBC 4 New York that he lives on Long Island. Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk.



According to the report, the suspect drove a van he believed to be loaded with explosives from Long Island to Lower Manhattan. He then placed the van near the Federal Reserve and was then arrested by the FBI and NYPD.


The suspect, whom sources said is from the Jamaica Queens section of New York City, is currently in custody in New York. Sources say he was acting alone.

Some more:

Middle Eastern man parked van he thought was filled with explosives outside N.Y. Fed this morning, then walked to nearby Millennium hotel and tried to set off bomb with cell-phone detonator, New York Post reports, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.


Suspect posted about Jihad online 3 months ago, told FBI agent he met online that he wanted to blow up

And "New York terror suspect is a 21-year-old Bangladeshi citizen who traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out terror attack."

At least all that tungsten gold lying on the Manhattan bedrock is safe and sound and John McClane will not be called out of retirement just yet.


It is unclear yet if Quazi hated America for its Federal Reserve or its collection of weapons grade Tungsten.

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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:22 | 2898753 Alpo for Granny
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Wait.....terrorists attacking the Fed or terrorist at the Fed?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:24 | 2898761 Dalago
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Some would call him a hero.  Its the Fed thats the terrorist.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:28 | 2898777 vast-dom
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rumors are that he was an active ZeroHedge poster.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:29 | 2898783 Dalago
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Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk.

This was a set up.  Probably more bomb making in a FBI apartment where the FBI builds it.  File this one under "Racketeering"

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:33 | 2898811 knukles
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Whaddya expect?
He was from "Long Giland"
Home of JW Bobbit and Joey Buttafuco

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:37 | 2898845 DoChenRollingBearing
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Zero Hedge seems to have broken this story 15 minutes before I heard it on the radio.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:41 | 2898870 Colombian Gringo
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No surprise that the Federal Reserve colluded with the FBI to set up this sucker. They now have the excuse to criminalize dissent, and crush protestors. Another false flag courtesy of our money masters.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:44 | 2898888 Dr. Richard Head
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Uh-oh.....he was a muslim!  His name was Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis.  WE HAVE TO GO BOMB IRAN!

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:54 | 2898911 Kitler
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As all Americans will soon know... Bangladesh is the third largest city in Iran.

All roads lead to Tehran, even the explosive device displayed looks just like the Iranian one Netanyahu recently showed us.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:06 | 2899019 economics9698
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The message must be spreading.  Good thing I do not live in NYC.  Someday when the fiat dies this story will end differently.  


Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:08 | 2899041 notbot
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He must have seen the youtube video

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:14 | 2899070 Stackers
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Another episode of Bait Car brought to us by the FBI ???

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:26 | 2899132 NotApplicable
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Well, it's not like they're smart enough to do anything else. Those people work for the CIA.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:37 | 2899198 Kitler
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Nafis wrote that he wanted to 'destroy America' and that he believed the most efficient way to accomplish this goal was to target America’s economy,"

Not smart?


Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:40 | 2899211 Dalago
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This should also be filed under entrapment.  What the FBI is doing is illegal.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:49 | 2899221 Kitler
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You mean should be illegal.

I assure you they made it very very legal.

On the other hand however it's strangely reassuring to know that the FBI knows that the Fed IS the American econony.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:05 | 2899298 HobbyFarmer
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Thank goodness the feds stopped this man before NYPD arrived.  Imagine the mahem and thousands of innocent bystanders the NYPD would take out shooting their weapons into busy streets trying to take this guy out!

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:27 | 2899585 Half_A_Billion_...
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Jesus Christ this is so dangerous; imagine the amount of tungsten flying everywhere.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:10 | 2899654 clymer
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And here begins the process of associating foreign terrorists with domestic persons opposed to the federal reserve system. And the good men and women that make up the county, state and federal law enforcement community will swallow it up, hook, line and sinker.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:19 | 2899657 Slewburger
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Exactly, a self inflicted wound.... Because terrorists would only attack something good for the American people.

Somebody please fast forward I've already seen this movie



Thu, 10/18/2012 - 06:48 | 2900378 Harlequin001
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The man's a fucking looney.

How can you destroy America by destroying the Fed?

You're doing the country a service for christ's sake...

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:28 | 2899361 sunaJ
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It's actually smart by TPTB to formulate a sting where the FED is the target.  It's that much easier to now say that anyone who demonstrates at the FED or even speaks ill of the beast is in line with terrorists.  We have stings here.  In the Middle East, dictators would have agents attack their own citizens so they can claim the culprits as whatever enemy of the state they wish.  It is a natural corruption of this line of thinking.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:33 | 2899380 Kitler
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Same old same old...

Last time the targets were the Pentagon and Silverstein. Wouldn't want to be called anti-American or anti-Semitic would you?

And both made out $$$ handsomely.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:06 | 2899647 fourchan
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some day in the not too distant future,

this terrorist might be known as a patriot, and the target a terrorist.


if reality reasserts itself.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:39 | 2899398 Cathartes Aura
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ahhh, this story has a familiar ring to it. . .

FBI: alleged Christmas tree bomber thought 9/11 'was awesome'

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who is accused of plotting to bomb a Portland, Ore., Christmas tree lighting ceremony, was not entrapped by FBI agents, says US Attorney General Eric Holder.


they really aren't that creative any more, the methods are so obvious. . .

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:39 | 2899686 TheFourthStooge-ing
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FBI-orchestrated 'terra' plots occur on a regular rotation. Five months ago, they needed to generate fear of 'domestic terra', so they trotted out a handful of retarded white guys and a scheme to blow up a bridge in Ohio.


Apparently someone who decides such things decided that American fear of Ay-rab Moozlim Al Kayduh terrists needed a little boost. The result was today's episode of community theater, brought to you in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:10 | 2899050 TruthInSunshine
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"In a written statement intended to claim responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Federal Reserve Bank on behalf of al-Qaeda, Nafis wrote that he wanted to 'destroy America' and that he believed the most efficient way to accomplish this goal was to target America’s economy,"


What a dumbass.

Destroying the Federal Reserve would unleash the biggest wave of organic economic activity, robust real economic growth and true prosperity that Americans would ever experience; America would become the economic superpower to end all economic superpowers

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:26 | 2899366 MsCreant
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I logged in just to say this, you beat me to it.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:43 | 2899691 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Indeed. If this patsy really wanted to see America's economy destroyed, he'd be guarding the NY Fed to protect it from attack.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:29 | 2899864 Kali
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Excellent protest idea!  Get the OWS'ers to dress up like muslims carrying signs saying "Al Quedans for the FED". 

I can see the YuToob now, "  I am very greatful to Ben Bukkake and the Fed for saving my life.  My wife and children were afraid I would die in a suicide bombing of an American Embassy.  Thanks to the fine people in this building, I won't have to do that to try and bring the Great Satan down. The Fed is doing God's work for us.  Allah Akbar!"

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:38 | 2899395 drbill
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Exactly correct. The FED is destroying America already. Why should Al Qaeda interfere with the FED? Targetting the FED is the last thing that Al Qaeda should, and probably would, do.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:50 | 2899528 Bawneee Fwank
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I agree, why would AL Qaeeeeda go after the fed...Shit is getting dumber and dumber.  I think it is so Fed/local law enforcement can treat us like this...


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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:42 | 2899690 JLee2027
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What I can't figure is why you would let the bomber assmble his materials, drive to the target, "arm his weapon", return to his hotel, record a video, and then let him try to set it off? Are they nuts? I thought all this "security" and safety that's forced upon us would prevent someone from getting this close.


Wed, 10/17/2012 - 21:05 | 2899714 zerozulu
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Was not he the same guy in the third row, last night trying to ask a question to Obama about FED?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:39 | 2899397 booboo
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Krugman put him up to it, it's in his book, lots of "broken windows"

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:20 | 2899473 killallthefiat
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Oh goodness.  If he blows up the Fed, he is going to wipe out the gold reserves too.  If he does that, how will we back our fiat with gold (as a previous article referred to three scenarios for gold)?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 20:44 | 2899695 JLee2027
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You can't destroy gold. The explosion would result in a shower of small gold pellets in a radius of several blocks. Talk about returning wealth to the people. Sheesh.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:45 | 2899513 silverserfer
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The money and power that are behind the FED will still be there after the colapse. They will have accumulated most of the gold and be there to make the new rules and retain the power to start up the new currency.  

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:50 | 2899621 chump666
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lol excellent TIS!

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:54 | 2899537 NaN
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  The message must be spreading...

Unless the undercover agent picked the target.  Oh, that would also mean the message was spreading.  

(I don't condone violence of any sort, in case anyone is wondering.)

In any case, the US acts like it is willing to finish itself off by demonstrating the limits of its military and economic power with numerous failed wars, just like OBL predicted.  

The maintenance pattern is clear from the Isreali Occupation that each little attack from the Palestinians causes a 100000X economic cost to Isreal in response with more checkpoints, more waiting, more unproductive military spending, not counting the opportunity and externality costs.

In fact, the plan worked even better than OBL imagined: It is self-sustaining.  Now the FBI invites maybe-wanna-be terrorist losers to keep the fear level up so real terrorists are not even necessary.


Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2899154 resurger
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Bangladesh will lead to China Kitler...


OFC thats after Tehran!


All hail Quasi Bin Laden!

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:50 | 2898928 john39
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how dare they plan to attack OUR master....

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:58 | 2898982 kaiserhoff
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Never trust a ferret, to do a weasel's job.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:59 | 2898996 saturn
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You should ask how dare they to outsource this job..

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:16 | 2899086 Vincent Vega
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We have to go bomb Iran...and beef up groppings of women and children at airports. But under no circustance is there to be any racial profiling.  (fixed it for you)

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:41 | 2899606 Kayman
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"His name was Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis"

Geez... isn't that Irish ?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:50 | 2898893 FEDbuster
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Forget truck bombs, buy silver and gold with your FRNs.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:08 | 2899046 delacroix
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he didn't plan that attack himself, the gov. helped him.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:27 | 2899372 MsCreant
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Nice. Whats good for the goof is good for the gander.

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