American sentenced to 16 years in New York City pipe bomb case

NEW YORK Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:40pm EDT

Jose Pimentel, 27, is seen in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York November 20, 2011. REUTERS/William Lopez/Pool

Jose Pimentel, 27, is seen in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York November 20, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - An American Muslim who pleaded guilty to a New York state terrorism charge for attempting to make a pipe bomb was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said.

Jose Pimentel, a 29-year-old Dominican-born U.S. citizen, was arrested in 2011 after a police informant secretly recorded meetings with him as he bought bomb materials and read online instructions on how to assemble them, according to court documents.

Pimentel was accused of plotting to attack police stations, post offices and military personnel in and around New York City.

In a statement on Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Pimentel had a personal website that advocated violence against U.S. citizens and government agencies and that had links to bomb-making instructions.

The components seized by the New York police department were detailed in a step-by-step bomb-making guide published by Al Qaeda's Inspire Magazine, Vance said.

"As Pimentel's guilty plea confirms, the threat of terrorism is increasingly coming from radicalized local actors living in our communities," Vance said in the statement.

Pimentel's case was brought under a New York state anti-terror law passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The New York City police conducted a year-long investigation leading to his arrest in November 2011.

(Reporting By Dena Aubin; Editing by Ken Wills)

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drauckerr wrote:
“As Pimentel’s guilty plea confirms, the threat of terrorism is increasingly coming from radicalized local actors living in our communities,” Vance said in the statement.

The problem with this case is that he was “radicalized” by government agents. Left to his own devices, he most likely would have done nothing.

This is very reminiscent of government actions during the 1960′s anti-war riots which were later found to have been instigated by government agents to discredit the anti-war movement.

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moosemyfrnds wrote:
The Islamic attack on 9/11 killed over 3,000 American. We though this was over. Then Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s went on a Islamic rampage and shot our Troops in the back. Then the attack in Benghazi, killing 4 Americans there to help. Americans were shocked again, but the Boston Bombing attack killed more Americans. March 2014 Sami Osmakac, an Albanian from Kosovo, planned on blowing up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay or detonating bombs at the sheriff’s office and police departments before settling on a plan to plant explosives in Tampa’s Hyde Park party district and then spraying first responders with automatic gunfire, according to recently released court documents. The planned January 2012 attack, Osmakac said in a “martyrdom video,” would be “payback for Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may he rest in peace. ” A California Muslims; Nicholas Michael Teausant also knows as Ased Abdur-Raheem, was captured Monday after an FBI investigation revealed a foiled plot to attack the Los Angeles subway system and plans to help al-Qaida, officials said. NBC News, March 17, 2014. Mohamed Mohamud, The Somali-American was accused in an FBI sting of plotting to detonate a bomb at Portland’s downtown Christmas tree lighting in 2010. Mohammad Hassan Hamdan, a Dearborn Muslim, was arrested on terrorism charges after trying to board a plane to Beirut March 18 2014 ABC Detroit Free Press. Muslims Terry Lee Loewen Planned Airport Bombing For Al Qaeda. A 58-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, has been arrested for allegedly try­ing to blow up Wichita Mid-Continent Air­port with a car bomb in sup­port of Al Qaeda. DECEMBER 13, 2013. Three Amer­i­can cit­i­zens have attempted to join AQAP in 2013, includ­ing Mar­cos Alonso Zea and Justin Kaliebe of Long Island, and Shel­ton Thomas Bell of Florida. Muslim; Shelton Thomas Bell, arrested after making jihad recruitment videos, damaged Christian statues in cemetery,” Jihadwatch“Bell roused suspicions at the Islamic Center in Jacksonville in 2012. Shelton Thomas Bell almost certainly has a Muslim name that he goes by, the mainstream media doesn’t tell us what it is or refer to him by it. “Shelton Thomas Bell accused of supporting terrorists set to change plea Wednesday,” by the Florida Times Union, March 19, 2014: The Department of Justice announced today, Muslims Abdelkader and Hnia Amal held Hnia Amal in their home as a slave for three years in their home in Alexandria, Va March 20, 2014. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Long Island Muslim Doctor Arrested and Accused of Multi-million Medicare Fraud Scheme. Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed, 49, was charged with one count of health care fraud by a criminal complaint unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. A seizure warrant seeking millions of dollars of Ahmed’s alleged ill-gotten gains, including the contents of seven bank accounts, was also unsealed. In addition, a civil forfeiture complaint was also filed today against Ahmed’s residence located in Muttontown, N.Y., valued at approximately $4 million. Further, search warrants were executed earlier today at six locations in New York, Michigan and Nevada. Ahmed Ayedh Al-Jabrati, age 58, a citizen of Yemen residing in Baltimore, today to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to illegally redeem food stamp benefits in exchange for cash. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 FBI. Manhattan Federal Court, Mashud Parves Rana says consul general Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6:30 am to 11 pm, seven days a week for 18 months — and never paid him a dime. Wednesday, March 26, 2014
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Pimentel was accused of plotting to attack police stations, post offices and military personnel in and around New York City. Muslim who pleaded guilty to a New York state terrorism charge for attempting to make a pipe bomb was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said. Jose Pimentel, a 29-year-old Dominican-born U.S. citizen, was arrested in 2011 after a police informant secretly recorded meetings with him as he bought bomb materials and read online instructions on how to assemble them, according to court documents. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REUTERS. Leaving Real Americans to confirm that you cannot trust any Muslims

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