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    "Video, setup led to arrest of 6 accused of Ft. Dix attack plot
    May 8, 2007



    CAMDEN, N.J. — The FBI arrested six people Monday night, including five in Cherry Hill, N.J., for an alleged plot to kill soldiers at Ft. Dix, several federal officials said.
    “If you want to do anything here, there is Ft. Dix and I don’t want to exaggerate, and I assure that you can hit an American base very easily,” one of the men told an FBI informant, according to the FBI. “You take a map and draw it and then you calculate that there are areas where there are 100 to 200 invididuals ...“When you got a military base, you need mortars and RPGs,” the man allegedly said.

    “My intent is to hit a heavy concentration of soldiers,” the man on the tape said. “You hit four, five or six Humvees and light the whole place up.”

    Greg Reinhert, a Justice Department spokesman in Camden, N.J., described the six as “Islamic radicals ... who were involved in a plot to kill U.S. soldiers at Ft. Dix in New Jersey.”

    “Their alleged intention was to conduct an armed assault on the Army base and to kill as many soldiers as possible,” he said.
    A Justice Department spokesman in Washington noted that none of the suspects is charged with terrorism crimes.

    “We have no indication that they were receiving direction from a foreign terrorist organization,” said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd. “However, they were engaged in weapons training, surveilled targets and discussed killing large numbers of servicemen, and so that certainly warranted a strong law enforcement response.”

    They also targeted Dover Air Force Base, but determined that it was too well-guarded to attack, the FBI said.

    While training for their alleged Ft. Dix mission in the Poconos in February, some of the men allegedly discussed a planned attack on two American warships that were supposedly going to be docked in Philadelphia next year, the FBI said.
    During a meeting on March 16, also apparently recorded by the FBI, one of the men said:

    “You know where the stadiums are in Philadelphia? There is the Navy base and every year they have the Army-Navy ball game and they come and stay one or two weeks. The Navy base will then be full of people. You see this is an opportunity and the beauty of this location specifically if you have the proper weaponry, is that you can hit it ...”

    Four of the men charged have been living in Cherry Hill and hail from the former Yugoslavia: Mohamed Shnewer and brothers Dritan, Eljzir and Shaine Duka.
    The others charged are Serdar Tatar of Philadelphia and Agron Abdullahu of Williamstown, N.J. One was born in Jordan, one in Turkey.

    The investigation began more than a year ago, according to an affidavit from FBI agent John J. Ryan.

    The tipster called the FBI on Jan. 31, 2006, and said that someone had brought a “disturbing” video to have duplicated.

    “The DVD depicted 10 young men who appeared to be in their early-20s shooting assault weapons at a firing range in a militia-like style while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic, ‘Allah Akbar,’ or ‘God is Great.’”

    In March 2006, an FBI cooperator infiltrated the group, the FBI said, and began recording his conversations with the Shnewer.
    On a laptop computer belonging to one suspect, the FBI found a file labeled “19,” and “what appears to be the last will and testament of at least two of the hijackers” in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI said.

    On July 29, a second FBI informant recorded a meeting with the three Dukas and Shnewer, during which they watched videos on the laptop that included “armed attacks on and the killing of U.S. military personnel,” the FBI said.

    Three days later, the FBI said, the informant recorded a meeting with Shnewer in which he said the six were part of a “group that was planning to attack a U.S. military base.”

    “Shnewer explained that they could utilize six or seven jihadists to attack and kill at least one hundred soldiers by using rocket-propelled grenades,” the FBI said.
    Carolee Nisbet, a public information officer at Ft. Dix, said: “I understand that they weren’t just targeting Ft. Dix, that it was a multiple-base plan to attack several bases in the Northeast.” She declined to elaborate.

    Some of the six men tried to purchase automatic weapons from a local gun dealer before the arrests, sources said.

    “These guys were absolutely serious,” one official said.

    Tatar provided the group with a map to the base, a federal official said.
    Their nationalities could not be confirmed Tuesday morning, but several are believed to be naturalized U.S. citizens.

    At the base this morning, Nisbet said: “They are going to make the security procedures more stringent, but we’re not going to increase the threat level. We are just going to make people more aware of their surroundings.”

    All six men are expected to be arraigned in federal court in Camden Tuesday, according to Reinert.

    Ft. Dix is a 13,400-acre military post near Exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike in Burlington County. On an average day, there are about 15,000 to 16,000 soliders and civilians. It is a regional reserve and mobilization site, the largest such site in the country.

    Ft. Dix spokesman David Moore issued a statement Tuesday morning that says:

    “Security at Ft. Dix remains stringent in the wake of arrests Monday of six men who were allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the post. This alleged attack is a reminder that we are a nation at war, and that each of us must be vigilant and aware of our surroundings ...

    “Mobilization and training continue as scheduled at Ft. Dix, which has mobilized and demobilized more than 95,000 Soldiers since Sept. 11.

    “Those passing through checkpoints onto Ft. Dix will notice more frequent vehicle searches and strict adherence to a 100-percent ID check, which may slow traffic.”
    Last edited by eman2k5; 05-08-2007, 03:55 PM.
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  • #2
    Good Job LEO's. keep kickin terrorist butt
    Last edited by eman2k5; 05-08-2007, 03:55 PM.
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    • #3

      U.S. Accuses Six Men of Plotting to Attack Fort Dix (Update4)

      By David Voreacos and Chris Dolmetsch

      May 8 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. authorities charged six men, including five identified as ``radical Islamists,'' in a plot to kill American soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey.

      U.S. agents who infiltrated the group arrested the men last night and charged five of them with conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers. They face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. A sixth was charged with aiding and abetting illegal possession of firearms. He faces 10 years in prison.

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a 15-month undercover probe, relying on two informants who secretly taped meetings in which the alleged plot took shape, according to a complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. An FBI affidavit describes months of planning during which the alleged conspirators scouted military bases, discussed weapons, trained for their mission, and talked of killing soldiers.

      In a meeting recorded by one of the informants, suspect Mohamed Shnewer said ``they could utilize six or seven jihadists to attack and kill at least one hundred soldiers by using rocket-propelled grenades or other weapons,'' the complaint said. Shnewer said he and the others ``were not afraid to die.''

      The six men made an initial appearance in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, today before a U.S. magistrate judge who ordered them held pending a bail hearing on May 11.

      ``The actions of these defendants posed a real threat to the safety and security of New Jersey residents,'' Christie said in a statement.

      `Disturbing' Video

      The FBI learned of the plot after an individual went to a retail store seeking to make a copy of a DVD depicting 10 young men shooting assault weapons while shouting ``God is Great'' in Arabic, the complaint said. A store representative reported the ``disturbing'' video, it said.

      The video depicted the six men charged in the case, including three brothers from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who are living illegally in the U.S., the complaint said.

      They are Dritan Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir Duka, 23. Mohamad Shnewer, 22, a Cherry Hill resident originally from Jordan, and Serdar Tatar, 23, a Philadelphia resident from Turkey, also were charged. Agron Abdullahu, 24, of Buena Vista Township, was charged with aiding and abetting.

      The Dukas and Abdullahu are ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, authorities said.

      Weapons Sought

      Two of the men were arrested in Cherry Hill as they met an FBI informant to buy three AK-47 automatic machine guns and four semi-automatic M-16 rifles, authorities said.

      ``There is no evidence that they received direction from an international terrorism organization,'' White House spokesman Tony Snow said earlier today. ``There is no direct evidence of a foreign terrorist plot.''

      In a 26-page affidavit accompanying the complaint, FBI agent John J. Ryan details how the suspects weighed attacks on several military bases before settling on Fort Dix. The base, in central New Jersey, is about 20 miles from the state capital in Trenton. Tatar once delivered pizzas at the base, and his family owns a pizzeria nearby.

      One of the FBI informants, identified in the complaint as CW-1, developed a relationship with Shnewer, federal authorities said. Shnewer gave the informant a DVD with ``various jihadist images,'' according to the complaint.

      Shnewer told the informant to review two other video files on his laptop computer, including ``what appears to be the last will and testament of at least two of the hijackers'' involved in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the complaint said.

      `Armed Attacks'

      Another video showed ``images of Osama bin Laden and other Islamic extremists making various speeches in which the speakers call the viewer to join the jihadist movement,'' Ryan wrote.

      The alleged conspirators believed that Abdullahu was a sniper in Kosovo and that CW-1 had experience in the Egyptian military, the complaint said.

      Shnewer showed another informant, dubbed CW-2 in the complaint, ``a number of videos'' on his laptop that ``depicted armed attacks on and the killing of United States military personnel,'' Ryan wrote.

      At meetings with CW-1 in early August, Shnewer said that he, Tatar and the three Dukas were part of a group planning to attack a U.S. military base, specifically Fort Dix, and a nearby naval base, the complaint said.

      ``Shnewer also said that he and others in the group had saved money to pay for the weapons and that they were not afraid to die,'' the complaint said.

      Bases Scouted

      A few days later, CW-2 asked Shnewer ``what made him think of Fort Dix as a target,'' the complaint said. Shnewer replied: ``My intent is to hit a heavy concentration of soldiers.''

      As Schnewer and CW-1 drove into Fort Dix, according to an account in the complaint, Shnewer said: ``This is exactly what we are looking for. You hit 4, 5, or 6 humvees and light the whole place [up] and retreat completely without any losses.''

      In mid-August 2006, Shnewer and CW-1 scouted the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey and the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Ryan wrote in his affidavit.

      The informants recorded many conversations with the Dukas as they discussed plans to buy rocket-powered grenades and machine guns, the complaint said. Tatar told CW-1 that he would get a map of Fort Dix from his father's pizzeria.

      The Duka brothers rented a house in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania, and traveled there in early February with Abdullahu to practice firing the weapons, the complaint said.

      `Kill American Soldiers'

      CW-2 met with Dritan and Shain Duka on March 10, when the informant asked about Tatar, the complaint said.

      ``Shain Duka explained that Tatar wanted to join the U.S. Army so that he could kill U.S. soldiers from the `inside,''' the complaint said. ``When CW-2 asked about Tatar again, Dritan Duka remarked, `He had only one mind, how to kill American soldiers.'''

      The Dukas later said that, ``rather than waging jihad overseas, they could do so in the United States,'' the complaint said.

      The case is USA v. Dritan Duka, 07-m-2046, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Camden).

      To contact the reporters on this story: David Voreacos in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey at [email protected] ; Chris Dolmetsch in New York at [email protected] .

      Last Updated: May 8, 2007 15:33 EDT
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      • #4
        Ft. Dix terrorists

        Update: The names of the suspects via one of the filed complaints:

        Dritan Duka (illegal alien); Eliver Duka (illegal alien); Shain Duka (illegal alien)
        Serdar Tatar (the pizza deliverer...his family owns a pizzeria near Ft. Dix)
        Mohamad Shnewer; Agron Abdullahu

        Via Allahpundit: According to CBS News, Shnewer is from Jordan and is the lone (naturalized) U.S. citizen of the six; Tatar, from Turkey, and Abdallahu, from the former Yugoslavia, are legal permanent residents. The illegal alien Duka brothers are also from the former Yugoslavia.

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        • #5
          Fbi Undercover Sting: $100,000

          Trial In Court: $2,ooo,ooo

          Executing 6 Terrorist That Tried And Failed $5,000,000

          6 Bad Guys That Figured Out They Don't Get 70 Virgins When They Die For Their Cause: Priceless

          The Dollar Amounts May Not Be Close But Who Cares 6 Dead Terrorists!

          Last edited by irishdep; 05-08-2007, 07:51 PM.
          "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything!"-Wyatt Earp

          "You never know when crazy will show up!"-Irishdep


          • #6
            Hellooo, my family of Democrats. Not only are we fighting a front over there, we now are seeing what can happen over here! Call it what you may, but adding pretty words will not paint a pretty picture for what happened at Ft, Dix. If you my fellow democrats were not brain dead, we could have already finished off this war and with honor. But, oh no. you keep sending mixed signals that retreat and defeat is what we must always do when the enemy is knocking at our door!! Get real, these people don't like us, they want to kill us many of us as they can when given the opportunity. My fellow Democrats stop their feeding frenzy and have the guts to send a sound and clear message, We will not retreat until every last coridor or sabastion of evil and disregard for freedom is stomped into the ground! No more polite political correctness which opens our arms to them and gives them sanctuary to live and be educated in our country for years, until their little cell comes together to eventually unleash its diobolical henious crime upon the people of America.
            Say what you may about pres. George W. Bush, but he stands for America and will protect this country at all cost. AT least he doesn't deny they are real and they are on the way!! Semper Fi to those who are risking their lives each and every day for ...US! God bless them and keep them


            • #7
              Originally posted by irishdep View Post
              Fbi Undercover Sting: $100,000

              Trial In Court: $2,ooo,ooo

              Executing 6 Terrorist That Tried And Failed $5,000,000

              6 Bad Guys That Figured Out They Don't Get 70 Virgins When They Die For Their Cause: Priceless

              The Dollar Amounts May Not Be Close But Who Cares 6 Dead Terrorists!

              300 POSTS AND GOING STRONG
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              • #8
                I've always thought it was ridiculously easy to circumvent nearly any security while on deliveries. I deliver everywhere from the police station, to college campuses, to hospitals, etc. I cannot think of ONE time I was refused entry or questioned when trying to enter a secure area at any one of those places while in my uniform.


                • #9
                  Good job by the feds ... but .... a great job by the video store clerk!

                  At the pizza shop run by the family outside the base gates the father ..

                  "It's persecution, religious persecution. Nothing more!"

                  Many of these folks were part of the original Kosovo airlift and settled near the base. Hell of a way to say thanks to the troops.
                  Last edited by enviroguy; 05-09-2007, 09:01 AM. Reason: typo


                  • #10
                    I bought Pizza from that guy while i was at FT. Dix. It was good.
                    It takes a Wolf.......


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