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The Justice Department made a collective fool of itself in the Miami case because it pulled out all of the public-relations stops and equated those suspects with the foulest of the al Qaeda foul. That was plain silly.This time the response was more measured.
Christopher Christie, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, took pains to say that the men were not linked to any international organization, although he did make what seemed to be a gratutitously irrelevant reference to Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho in saying that the men had the same potential for destruction.
But the lack of any terror ties was not a big relief because the conspirators, as amateurish and bumbling as they seemed to be, represent a new brand of free lancers who are inspired by Al Qaeda and other groups even if they are not part of them.Three of the men are ethnic Albanian brothers who owned a roofing business and were in the country illegally. The others include natives of Jordan, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia who were legal residents.
"Terror attacks are not always going to be on the scale of 9/11," Christie said. "This is the model for the post Sept. 11 era."
"What we are witnessing here is kind of a brand new form of terrorism," said J.P. "Jody" Weis, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia field office. "They operate under the radar . . . they strike when they feel it is right whenever that might be."
Court papers documented a series of conversations recorded by the federal informants as the six men reconnoitered targets. They eventually settled on Ft. Dix because there was less security there than high-profile targets like Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. In fact, Ft. Dix is a virtually wide open installation that includes a small low-security federal prison, among other facilities with relatively easy public access.
"In the end, when it comes to defending your religion, when someone attacks your religion, your way of life, you go jihad," Eljvir Duka, one of the conspirators, allegedly told one informant. "My intent is to hit a heavy concentration of soldiers. "This is going to be easier to hit specially if you have eight or nine shooting with machine guns and they are good shooters."In April, one of the informants arranged a gun buy, and on Monday night FBI agents posing as the seller showed up at the brothers' home with an inoperable AK-47. The deal was consummated and arrests were made.
Sketches by Susan Schary/New York Daily News