Thursday, September 29, 2011

How many drummers does it take to do jihad?

In this case, just one.  Again we have an instance where the soon to be jihadist is sucked into a sting operation.  Given multiple chances to back out, Rezwan Ferdaus instead decided to go ahead with the carnage, saying "I just can't stop. There is no other choice for me".  The list of the misunderstanders of the religion of peace grows larger by the day, there must be something Reza Aslan, or John Esposito or Karen Armstrong or Ibrahim Hooper can say to these people to get them to understand that they have gotten Islam all wrong.


From CBS September 28

Mass. musician accused of D.C. terrorist plot

A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives.
CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that U.S. officials say the suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus was deadly serious about his plans, but the plot had no chance of succeeding.
Ferdaus, an U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate, went by the name "Bollywood" when he played in a Massachusetts band. However, U.S. officials say the drummer is also a self-radicalized jihadist, intent on attacking Americans in the U.S. and overseas.
Is that like a self-taught plumber?
Ferdaus now faces charges of plotting attacks and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
Ferdaus was arrested after he bought what he believed to be 25 pounds of plastic explosives, three grenades and six automatic assault rifles from undercover FBI agents posing as al Qaeda operatives.
Over the past nine months, the agents recorded multiple conversations in which Ferdaus laid out plans for an aerial attack. He bought one small drone aircraft and planned to buy others which he hoped to fill with explosives and fly into Pentagon and Capitol from a park along the Potomac River.
He travelled to Washington to do surveillance taking pictures of his targets.
Officials stress that at no time was Ferdaus outside of the control of his undercover handlers, so he presented no actual danger. But, he repeatedly told the agents that he was driven to kill Americans which he called "enemies of Allah."
Remember, America is not at war with Islam.
He told the undercovers: "I just can't stop. There is no other choice for me."
Ferdaus' college degree is in physics, and he apparently has some proficiency with building explosive devices. In the course of the investigation, officials say he converted eight cell phones into detonators, which he thought were being used in Iraq to trigger IEDs against U.S. soldiers.
Ferdaus was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday afternoon.
There is a good chance Ferdaus will try to claim he was entrapped by the undercover FBI agents, but agents say they gave him multiple opportunities to get out of it during the course of their investigation.
Ferdaus could have just said no, but that would have insulted Muhammad and Allah.

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