Domestic Terrorism Threat: New York Al-Qaeda Sympathizer Wanted to Attack US Military Personnel in US

jose-pimentelJose Pimentel:

  • 27 years old
  • born in the Dominican Republic
  • came to the US when he was eight years old
    • spent 19 years living in America
  • converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammed Yusef
  • unemployed, divorced and living in New York City
  • spent most of his time on the internet on radical extremist Islamic websites
  • inspired by al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki
  • wanted to change his name to Osama Hussein to celebrate his heroes Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein
  • followed instructions in the al-Qaeda “Inspire” magazine article entitled: “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”
  • purchased parts for his bombs at a Home Depot in the Bronx and at a 99-cent store in Manhattan
  • planned “to build a bomb and use a bomb to assassinate U.S. servicemen and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
  • also planned to kill police officers
  • he would show “there was mujahedeen in the city ready to fight jihad here.”
  • his uncle Luis Severino whom Pimento moved in with two years ago after getting a divorce:  “I don’t know anything. The only change I noticed in him is that he started following the Muslim religion.”

“People have to understand that America and its allies are all legitimate targets in warfare. This includes facilities such as army bases, police stations, political facilities, embassies, CIA and FBI buildings, private and public airports, and all kinds of buildings where money is being made to help fund the war.” — Jose Pimentel

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