Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Six Islamist Terrorists Charged With Plotting Attack on Fort Dix, NJ

6 Men Charged With Plotting To Attack Soldiers At Fort Dix In New Jersey - AP



Six men described by federal prosecutors as "Islamic militants" were
arrested on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and
"kill as many soldiers as possible," authorities said Tuesday.



The six were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Camden later
Tuesday to face charges of conspiracy to kill U.S. servicemen, said
Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New
Jersey.



Officials said four of the men were born in the former
Yugoslavia, one in Jordan and one in Turkey. Five of them lived in
Cherry Hill, 10 miles east of Philadelphia and 20 miles southwest of
Fort Dix, Drewniak said.



"They were planning an attack on Fort Dix in which they would kill as many soldiers as possible," Drewniak said.



A
law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because
documents in the case remain sealed, said the attack was stopped in the
planning stages.



Authorities believe the men trained in the
Poconos for the attack and also conducted surveillance at other area
military institutions, including Fort Monmouth, the official said. The
official said that the men had lived in the United States for some time.



The six were arrested trying to buy automatic weapons in a sale set-up by law enforcement authorities, the official said.



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The description of the suspects as "Islamic militants" was causing
renewed worry among New Jersey's Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim
men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained by authorities in the
months following the Sept. 11 attacks, but none was connected to that
plot. [BLOGGER'S NOTE: THIS ASSERTION BY THE A.P. MAY NOT BE TRUE.]



"If these people did something, then they deserve to be
punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Sohail Mohammed, a
lawyer who represented scores of detainees after the 2001 attacks. "But
when the government says 'Islamic militants,' it sends a message to the
public that Islam and militancy are synonymous.  "Don't equate actions with religion," he said.



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OF COURSE, the ones equating religion and terrorism are the terrorists.  If a group of terrorists say that they are killing in the name of god, then WHY in the name of god shouldn't we say so?











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