THE MODERN FACE OF TERRORISM….Federal authorities have arrested six men who were plotting to kill American soldiers at Ft. Dix in New Jersey. From the Washington Post:
Charging document filed in federal court in Camden yesterday portray an ambitious and cold-blooded — but somewhat bungling — cadre who hoped to kill at least 100 soldiers, but also dropped training videos off at a local store to be copied, and spoke openly to a Philadelphia police sergeant about obtaining maps of Fort Dix.
….In March of 2006, an FBI informant established a relationship with one of the men believed to be in the videotape….The informants convinced members of the group that they could help them obtain automatic weapons to use in their attacks.
….Their training regimen included playing paintball, the docments say.
Let me get this striaght: these guys dropped off jihadi videos at a local store, talked to Philly cops about getting a map of Ft. Dix, were still trying to procure weapons after 17 months of planning, and practiced for the attack by playing paintball.
This reminds me of that guy who planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge with a blowtorch. Or those dudes who wanted to destroy the Sears Tower but couldn’t even afford to buy boots and rental cars, let alone explosives. Or Jose Padilla, who, it turns out, was a deluded schmoe who didn’t really have serious plans to do much of anything.
Is al-Qaeda recruiting these doofuses just to lull us into a false sense of security? Or maybe they’re Jon Stewart fans and want to provide him with fresh material? WTF?