NJ: All terrorists, all the time — The Fort Dix Six

Originally published at the dead blog, Confessions of a Jersey Goddess, Tuesday, May 08, 2007. So, some of the links may not be zombified, just dead.

Whoa! How’s that for a sensational blog title? It’s only partly accurate, but it did pop into mind when I learned through Jersey Blogs at The Star Ledger that the Feds foiled a terrorist plot to attack Fort Dix. “Live from The Ledger” reports that “six people were arrested.”

Federal investigators last night arrested six Islamic radicals who were planning a heavily armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a statement released this morning that confirmed an earlier report on nj.com, The Star-Ledger’s Web site, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the men planned to “kill as many soldiers as possible.” (Live from The Ledger)

I was out of it yesterday. Had root canal at the dentist with happy gas and missed all the excitement. However, when I read about this latest terrorist plot, one that All Spin Zone says sounds like a move, the first thing I recalled was how New Jersey had to reform its Motor Vehicles Administration procedures for drivers licenses following the 911 WTC attack when law enforcement realized how many terrorists and potential terrorists had an easy time getting fake licenses through Jersey. No, I’m not having a false memory here. Read this from a 2001 CNN report:

NEW YORK (CNN) — During the two weeks since hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, investigators have focused on New Jersey as a possible hub of terrorist activity. (CNN)

And then there was the alleged arms deal in August 2003 where a terrorist was arrested at a hotel by the Newark International Airport. The man arrested, Hemant Lakhani, was a British citizen of Indian descent. He was later convicted, but said he was innocent and thought he was working with Russian Intelligence.

The Fort Dix Six are not Arab

According to “Live from The Ledger,” only one of the Fort Dix Six was born in an Arab nation, which is Jordan:

Four are ethnic Albanians, one was born in Turkey, and a sixth was born in Jordan, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Turkey is considered a Eurasian nation.

The blog at Simply Left Behind points out that the six men arrested in the Fort Dix sting were not brown-skinned and so do not fit the standard racial profiling criteria in this country for terrorists. I’ve said before that we’re all in danger because we’re focused on who looks Arab. The last time I mentioned it I talked about the suspicious Norwegian.

Life imitates art? Not quite.

I was watching CBS’ Numb3s Friday night. (Yes, again!) On it terrorists bought military clothing from a military supply store and also created some passable fake IDs. At first the FBI thought the terrorists intended to attack a military base, but later they realized that the terrorists intended to poison the civilian water supply with Sarin, not in Jersey but in California. They needed fake military IDs and military uniforms to fool security at a defense contractor site storing chemicals.

I remember thinking, Would it really be that easy to infiltrate a U.S. military base? So, when I heard the news today that the Feds have thwarted a dubious terrorist plot to attack a military base in NJ, I can’t help but say, “Hmm, spoooky.” Coinkydink, I’m sure, but you can watch the Numb3rs episode at CBS’ Innertube

I also had thoughts similar to another blogger, which are didn’t Republicans say keeping our troops in Iraq would help keep terrorists away from America?

Republicans blasted (Democrat Harry)Reid’s comments on the House floor Thursday night. … Lawmakers responded to Reid’s comments, saying the nation cannot give up the fight in Iraq or it will face terrorists on American soil. (Source)

Last week as Bush explained why he vetoed the war-spending bill, and war supporters declared we’ll be safe as long as troops stay in Iraq, I thought that particular argument for staying in that country didn’t make sense. I mean it seems to me that if you piss people off by blowing up their country and leaving it in worse shape than when you found it, and some of them truly believe they are in a holy war commanded by God, then wouldn’t it be likely that they and their sympathizers will mobilize to increase terrorist acts?

Those were just my puny thoughts since I’m not war expert, but Morra Aarons at BlogHer.org pointed out this foreign policy article by Bruce Ridel. It suggests my common sense logic may not be faulty after all.

You know, I’m surprised Steve Hart hasn’t blogged this yet, at least he hadn’t as of 2:30 p.m., May 8. He must be busy with his book release, The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway, full of New Jersey intrigue. It’s on my summer reading list.

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