Just another ‘nothing-to-do-with-Islam’ case of domestic terrorism in NYC

New York Jihadi Arrested for Alleged Grenade Attack Plot on Times Square

Times Square New York City

Federal and local authorities arrested 22-year-old Ashiqul Alam of Jackson Heights, Queens, on Thursday for plotting to attack Times Square with guns and hand grenades. Law enforcement described the suspect as a “lone wolf” with no known links to any larger conspiracy to attack New York City.
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According to CBS News in New York, Alam was taken into custody by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the New York Police Department and FBI. He caught the attention of the task force by expressing interest in obtaining explosives for an attack in New York and also wanted to try killing senior government officials in Washington, DC. The authorities launched an undercover sting operation and arrested Alam when he attempted to purchase the weapons he wanted.NBC News in New York said Alam made “jihadist comments as to why he would target the Crossroads of the World” during his interactions with undercover law enforcement officers. According to NBC’s sources, he was arrested while trying to purchase illegal guns, but had previously spoken of using grenades or a suicide vest for his attack.
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Now here’s the question that only the spooks from the FBI can answer: if it had nothing to do with Islam, what was it?
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You see, it’s complicated:
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“The FBI categorizes [terrorism] investigations into two main programs: international terrorism and domestic terrorism.”International terrorists include not only extremists overseas actively involved with groups designated by the U.S. government as “foreign terrorist organizations,” but also radicals inside the United States who draw inspiration from those designated groups – known as “homegrown violent extremists.”

The domestic terrorist designation, meanwhile, has little to do with international terrorism. “Domestic terrorists” are defined as those moved to violence by what McGarrity called “domestic influences, such as racial bias and anti-government sentiment.”

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