To whom did he speak about this? Didn't anyone take him aside and explain to him that all true Muslims abhorred Osama bin Laden and everything he stood for -- all, that is, except for a Tiny Minority of Extremists™? More on this story: "'Lone wolf U.S. citizen who wanted to change name to Osama Hussein' foiled in pipe bomb terror plot to kill police officers and returning soldiers in New York City," by Thomas Durante for the Daily Mail, November 21:
The New York Police Department has foiled an alleged terror plot targeting law enforcement and soldiers returning from the battlefield.
Jose Pimentel, 27, an Al-Qaeda sympathizer from Washington Heights, New York, was arrested yesterday at his apartment.
The charges against him include conspiracy, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism, and soliciting support for a terrorist act.
He was believed to be acting as a 'lone wolf', New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a press conference tonight.
Jose Pimentel, 27, is an American citizen and Islam convert originally from the Dominican Republic.
He is believed to have been inspired by radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and further influenced by his online terror magazine, Inspire.
Pimentel spoke of changing his name to Osama Hussein in support of his two heroes, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
The NYPD counter-terrorism unit had been following him since May 2009, when he began speaking about violent jihad.
Pimentel turned his talk into action after the death of Awlaki on September 30 and began building a bomb, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
He faces several terrorism-related charges, including first-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism.
Mayor Bloomberg said Pimentel was 'plotting to bomb police patrol cars and postal facilities as well as targeted members of our armed services returning from abroad.'
The NYPD's counter-terrorism unit has been tracking Pimentel since May 2009, when he began discussing his terror plans.
Pimentel, an unemployed American citizen originally from the Dominican Republic, had converted to Islam and was allegedly inspired by Al-Qaida - namely radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki....
But Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Pimentel was close to putting his deadly plan into action.
He said: 'We had to act quickly yesterday because he was in fact putting this bomb together. He was drilling holes and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb.'
Pimentel was reportedly able to build three pipe bombs using instructions found in an article in the online terror magazine Inspire.
The magazine featured an article entitled, 'How to build a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.'
He also intended to test the effectiveness of the bombs by placing them in mailboxes and detonating them.
His terror plot intensified from talk to action with the dealth of Awlaki, Inspire's publisher, in September....