FD Editor’s Note: More ridiculous charges – an entrapment case, again. I spoke to some people who knew him in Bangladesh. They told me that he was a very nice young man, he was involved in his Mosque. They also said that there were never any AQ people in Bangladesh, and that the people there do not go around thinking up terrorist plans. This is very clearly yet one more case in the FBI’s targeting young Muslims. How many more before we rise up and take a stand? Remember that a guilty plea is not an admission of guilt in these cases. They take the plea agreement because the other option is much much worse, perhaps life in prison, or perhaps they told him that his family would be targeted, or that he would be sent overseas, I’ve heard those being used before. They frighten them half to death until the plea agreement looks good to them.
By MITCHEL MADDUX
A Bangladeshi man today admitted trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, conceded wrongdoing and admitted that he alone had selected the target.
“I intended to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Manhattan,” Nafis told the judge.
“I had an intention of committing a violent jihadistic act,” he said.
Nafis – who has a flawless command of English and attended college and a technical academy after completing high school – spoke softly as he recounted the plot.
He apologized for his actions.
“I no longer support violent jihad and deeply and sincerely regret my involvement in this case,” Nafis told the packed courtroom.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, under the terms of a plea agreement with Brooklyn federal prosecutors.
Nafis is potentially facing life in prison when he is sentenced by Brooklyn federal Judge Carol Amon.
Nafis was arrested Oct. 17 by FBI agents shortly after he tried to detonate a car bomb intended to wreak destruction in the heart of the city’s Financial District.
He was later indicted on one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Undercover FBI agents posing as sympathizers supplied Nafis with a fake bomb to use in the Federal Reserve Bank attack, which Nafis tried to detonate with a radio-controlled triggering device.
But authorities say that the public was never at risk from the dummy explosive device.