Full FBI Statement On Arrest Of Fed-a-Bomber Suspect Quazi Nafis, Who Worked "On Behalf Of al Qaeda"

Tyler Durden's picture

From The FBI:

Joint Terrorism Task Force Arrests Man in Lower Manhattan After He Attempted to Bomb New York Federal Reserve Bank
Defendant Attempted to Strike New York’s Financial District on Behalf of al Qaeda

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 17, 2012    

Eastern District of New York (718) 254-7000

BROOKLYN, NY—Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (Nafis), 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan’s financial district. The defendant faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.

The arrest of Nafis was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI New York Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The explosives that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public.

The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Mary E. Galligan, Acting Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).

According to the criminal complaint filed today in the Eastern District of New York, defendant Nafis, a Bangladeshi national, traveled to the United States in January 2012 for the purpose of conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Nafis, who reported having overseas connections to al Qaeda, attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the United States. Nafis also actively sought out al Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack. Unbeknownst to Nafis, one of the individuals he attempted to recruit was actually a source for the FBI. Through the investigation, FBI agents and NYPD detectives working with the JTTF were able to closely monitor Nafis as he attempted to implement his plan.

The complaint alleges that Nafis proposed several targets for his attack, including a high-ranking U.S. official and the New York Stock Exchange. Ultimately, Nafis decided to conduct a bombing operation against the New York Federal Reserve Bank. 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. 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.

During the investigation, Nafis came into contact with an FBI undercover agent who posed as an al Qaeda facilitator. At Nafis’ request, the undercover agent supplied Nafis with 20 50-pound bags of purported explosives. Nafis then allegedly worked to store the material and assemble the explosive device for his attack. 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. 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.

Earlier this morning, Nafis met the undercover agent and traveled in a van to a warehouse located in the Eastern District of New York. While en route, Nafis explained to the undercover agent that he had a “Plan B” that involved conducting a suicide bombing operation in the event that the attack was about to be thwarted by the police. Upon arriving at the warehouse, Nafis assembled what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb inside the van. Nafis and the undercover agent then drove to the New York Federal Reserve Bank. During this drive, Nafis armed the purported bomb by assembling the detonator and attaching it to the explosives. Nafis and the undercover agent parked the van next to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, exited the van, and walked to a nearby hotel. There, Nafis recorded a video statement to the American public that he intended to release in connection with the attack. During this video statement, Nafis stated, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom.” Nafis then repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to detonate the bomb, which had been assembled using the inert explosives provided by the undercover agent. JTTF agents arrested Nafis immediately after he attempted to detonate the bomb. Throughout the morning, federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, working with the JTTF, closely monitored the movements of Nafis as he attempted to implement the attack, including assuring that the van was not stopped by NYPD counterterrorism units active in lower Manhattan.

“As alleged in the complaint, the defendant came to this country intent on conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil and worked with single-minded determination to carry out his plan. The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy. He thought he was directing confederates and fellow believers. At every turn, he was wrong, and his extensive efforts to strike at the heart of the nation’s financial system were foiled by effective law enforcement. We will use all of the tools at our disposal to stop any such attack before it can occur. We are committed to protecting the safety of all Americans, including the hundreds of thousands who work in New York’s financial district,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “I would like to thank our partners at the FBI, NYPD, the other agencies who participate in the JTTF, and the Department of Justice’s National Security Division for their hard work on this important investigation. I would also like to thank the security teams at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and the New York Stock Exchange for their assistance.”

“As alleged in the criminal complaint, Rezwanul Nafis devised this attack plan himself and came to the United States for the purpose of carrying out such an attack. I thank all those responsible for ensuring that his alleged plans never came to fruition,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Monaco.

FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Galligan stated, “Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure. The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences. It is important to emphasize that the public was never at risk in this case, because two of the defendant’s ‘accomplices’ were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent. The FBI continues to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism.”

NYPD Commissioner Kelly stated, “Al Qaeda operatives and those they have inspired have tried time and again to make New York City their killing field. We are up to 15 plots and counting since 9/11, with the Federal Reserve now added to a list of iconic targets that previously included the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Stock Exchange, and Citicorp Center. After 11 years without a successful attack, it’s understandable if the public becomes complacent. But that’s a luxury law enforcement can’t afford. Vigilance is our watchword now and into the foreseeable future. That’s why we have over 1,000 NYPD officers assigned to counterterrorism duties every day and why we built the domain awareness system. I want to commend the NYPD detectives and FBI agents of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the work they did in the case and U.S. Attorney Lynch and her dedicated team in prosecuting it.”

The defendant has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2332a; and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B. His initial appearance is scheduled this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James P. Loonam and Richard M. Tucker, with assistance from Trial Attorney Bridget Behling of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section.

The charges contained in the complaint are mere allegations. As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis
Age: 21
Jamaica, New York

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Ineverslice's picture


This is moving so quickly.

Wag-it boyz....see if it sticks.

Joe Davola's picture

Maybe Obama didn't win the debate after all.

john39's picture

no win situation for the american people...

Stackers's picture

Surprise !!!! Yet one more episode of Bait Car brought to you by the FBI

TruthInSunshine's picture

Whisper rumor that Bernanke & Geithner both took personal offense at this alleged plotter's alleged plans, and asked to be included on the team making the arrest.

Apparently, they didn't appreciate the fact that this guy was encroaching on their territory and impersonating both a Treasury Department and Federal Reserve official in actively plotting to attack the dollar.

Kitler's picture

News update:

Quazi is pleading insanity.

falak pema's picture

then he must think he be a true FED operative, one of the hallowed crowd.

spanish inquisition's picture

He should plead not guilty, just invoking the Bush doctrine preemptive strike on financial terrorism due to rampant dollar devaluation. No different than a drone strike anywhere in the world. Anyone within the bomb blast would obviously be a terrorist.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

So what's the over/under on this guy's IQ? Mind you, he couldn't put together any materials himself, always had undercover guy to "help". Sounds like that other case a year or two ago--5 guys, illiterate, "materially assisting" what was 90% effort from the FBI guys...

cynicalskeptic's picture

Have ANY of these 'terrorist plots' NOT been dependent on undercover FBI or other law enforcement agents providing the weaponss. 'bombs' or other material?   Without the 'help' of law enforcement would any of these guys be anything mopre than hotheads mouthing off?

Gotta love the 'inert explosives' - what was it ?  Playdoh?  A serious 'terrorist' would test the stuff and be sure it worked.   I doubt ANY of these guys have any real 'skills' - most of these plots are laughable.... using a torch to cut cables on the Brooklyn Bridge, Pizza delivery guys attacking an Army base....  setting off a car bomb with fireworks (and leaving the keys in the car).....   this is 'keystone kop terrorism'

Seriously - seems like law enforcement is spending all its time encouraging low IQ malcontents to 'do something' so they can justify the ongoing and never ending 'War on Terror".   Remember - BinLaden's stated goal was to get the US to send troops to Afghanistan - where it was easier for them to be killed.  They're doing a pretty good job over there - do you really think they're making a serious effort HERE?   One FBI agent I knwo complained that they were taken off serious financial fraud investigations after 9/11 and put on 'wild goose chases' - investigating every call from busy-body old ladies in NY.  All that law enforcement firepower would do a LOT more good if put back on investigation of financial crimes... far more damage was done there than by any of the post 9/11 'terrorists'.

GIven the sheer incompetnece of post 9/11 'plots' you've gotta start wondering about just who was really responsible for 9/11....   

BigJim's picture

Al Qaeda = Bad!

Al Qaeda try to destroy Federal Reserve Bank! 

Therefore: Federal Reserve Bank = Good!

StychoKiller's picture

Given the fact that a lot of these folks trying to contact Al Quaeda end up contacting the FBI, one could come to the conclusion that Al Quaeda == FBI!

Seer's picture

I think that it's second-hand stuff, handed down from the CIA (al Qaeda was foreign-born).

And, it's possible that just as this guy was given inert material, the FBI might also have been handed duds from/by the CIA.  The FBI and the CIA are two competing little empires... they're not exactly friendly to one another.

ShortTheUS's picture

I was holding my breath when they named the suspect hoping it wasn't Tyler Durden and the Demoloitions Committee of Project Mayhem...

blu's picture

I think that would rock. We need more of life imitating art.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The first rule of Operation Mayhem is:  YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT OPERATION MAYHEM!

pods's picture

The second rule of Project Mayhem is you do not accept help from those with government plates!


Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

The third rule of project mayhem is to pretest the "explosives" you've been given, as the FBI always gives out fake explosives. (Except for the first WTC bombing, the FBI learned their lesson.....)

-Tijuana Hillary Clinton Show

Abiotic Oil's picture

I get it...

If you don't like the Fed, you work for Al-CIA-Duh.


CH1's picture

You're either a sheep or a terrorist.

Rainman's picture

I feel dirty greenin both of youse

Andrew G's picture

Official reaction from England: "If I met this Al Qaeda, I'd be like - Oi! Al! You and me - outside!"

Chupacabra-322's picture

Al CIA-duh - (Noun)

A division of an intelligence agency or entity who’s primary purpose is to create the illusion of, or appearance of, a real threat for the purpose of consumption by the general population, while conducting clandestine operations which are often in opposition to the benefit, needs, or desires of the general population.

The rest is all PsyOp and False Narratives created by the aforementioned.

Seer's picture

H.L. Mencken said all that was needed to say on this when he said that the primary purpose of government is to keep us chasing after hobgoblins.

Your post kind of pre-empted one I was gong to post, which was based on this:

"The explosives that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public."

Given the impact/value of PsyOps one could hardly say that it's of no threat to the general population* (just like those who say that violence doesn't achieve anything- if that were the case then govts wouldn't be using it so much).  The long-term impacts are a threat to the very foundation of liberty/freedom.

* I suppose that TPTB feel they have the sheep contained [trained to funnel money/support to them] and that the ones they are really targeting are folks such as us.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds”  - Bob Marley

Squid Vicious's picture

These sting operations are really getting old and transparent, except for the absolute dimmest of 'merkans

hedgeless_horseman's picture



"Unbeknownst to Nafis, two of the individuals he attempted to recruit were actually working for the FBI."


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Read my mind, HH.

Those aren't the real GLG-20's. 


fonzannoon's picture

Why don't you gentleman have a Pepsi

espirit's picture

Fake fertilizer instead of play-doh.  Good thing the Pre-Crime Unit was on to this from the inception.

RacerX's picture

All I want to know is: Was he pissed off about the movie too?

ejmoosa's picture

I wonder what movie he had watched?

Neethgie's picture

It was ron paul trying to end the fed....

Seriously why is the go to response alqueda?

the guys barely been arrested and im pretty sure he wouldn't just say "yo guys im alqueda ect"

The interesting line is "WMD" what constitutes a WMD? 

RacerX's picture

yeah strange how everything seemed all tee-ed up for this.

Paperwork done.. Check.

Stakeout.. Check.

Arrest.. Check.

Neethgie's picture

"The explosives that he allegedly sought and attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public."

This is another case where they persuade some moron to be a terrorist and give them the explosives and then shout "WE GOT THIS GUY!!"

hoos bin pharteen's picture

You don't "persuade" someone to want to blow something up.  He came here looking for trouble, and apparently found it. While I'm not a fan of certain LE tactics, the guy deserved to get pinched.

blu's picture

He did indeed.

However there is also evidence that the FBI steered him into the particular course he took. Which ended up aimed at the Federal Reserve, ranked among the most obscure institutions in the entire United States inside or outside government. It is unlikely that a 21 yo from outside the US would have initially held any idea that we even have a Federal Reserve, least of all that it has any direct connection to the US economy.

Cathartes Aura's picture

I posted this on the earlier thread,

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.


The one-count indictment charges Mr. Mohamud with knowingly attempting to use a “weapon of mass destruction” against targets within the US. The charge carries a potential life sentence.

The indictment stems from a 15-month undercover investigation in which federal agents posed as Islamic militants willing to conduct indiscriminate terror attacks within the US.


they make their jobs up - the suspects, the motives, the "bombs" - everything.  all created from scratch.



Kali's picture

No shit!  Used the same MO.  Like the guy in times square too.  FBI/CIA/(Name your "National Security" agency) operate like pedophiles grooming victims.  Are people really so stupid they can't see through these transparent schemes?

cynicalskeptic's picture

In contrast to people like 


33 bombs in NY over 16 years - and the guy was declared insane and committed.   

That tells you that these 'plots' are all bogus.  If a nutjob like Metesky can keep going for 16 YEARS before getting caught......  and they weren't going around claiming the Russkies were trying to bring down America.

zerozulu's picture

My gut feeling is that he was a loyal FBI agent and he sacrificed him self for the sake of our liberties.

Dr. Sandi's picture

More likely a dumb ass who got a free airline ticket from 'unknown benfactors.'

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Detailed Press Release..Check

Court Date...Check

jaap's picture

uncheck that court date with NDAA