February 26, 2010, - 1:32 pm
UPDATED – Who is Perry Roosevelt?: Why the Silence on Yesterday’s Attempted NY Train Station Bombing?
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In 1993, one of the convicted Al-Qaeda members who participated in the plot to bomb the World Trade Center was Clement Rodney Hampton-El a/k/a Abdul Rashid Abdullah, a Black convert to Islam confined to a wheelchair. Before that, he and Al-Qaeda murderer of Rabbi Meir Kahane, El-Sayyid Nosair, accompanied Bin Laden mentor, Sheikh Abdulllah Azzam, on lectures around the U.S.
Clement Rodney Hampton-El,
Harlem Train Station–Site of Thursday’s Attempted Bombing
Hampton-El’s name and image came to my mind, as I read this story, which–strangely–has gotten little coverage anywhere. You’d think a story about a bombing attempt, yesterday, at a New York Train station would be national news. But, sadly, it isn’t. That’s especially odd, given that Muslim Najibullah Zazi just pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb the New York Subway and two of his high school friends were just indicted for their parts in the plot. Were Roosevelt Terry and the others in this plot Muslims, too? I’d bet money on it.
Lots of questions here:
An amputee missing both legs was arrested Thursday after police said he was wheeled into a busy New York City train station and planted a bomb.
Police found the bomb before it could detonate, but the discovery interrupted regional train lines briefly and closed the station for several hours.
The alleged device—a bag of small explosives wrapped in shotgun shells, along with bullets, glue, lug nuts, pens and a ruler—was left in a waiting area at a station in Harlem. Police later surveyed security videos to identify suspects including, Roosevelt Terry, the amputee. Police from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the Metro-North Railroad that was shut down, arrested Mr. Terry late in the afternoon.
“If the thing blew, people would have gotten hurt … could have even gotten killed with all the stuff in there,” said Bill Morange, director of security for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The incident is still under investigation.
I’m sure it is. I’ll bet they’re visiting the guy’s mosque, too. These guys didn’t try to blow up a train station . . . “just ‘cuz.” But maybe they did it for something they think is a “just cause” . . . like Islam.
**** UPDATE: It appears that the Wall Street Journal, to which I linked above, got the name wrong. The amputee with the bomb is Perry Roosevelt. Still, there are very few details about what happened, it isn’t big news, and what we do know is chilling (yet not the big story that it should be):
A law enforcement source said the device was in a black Steve Madden shopping bag. Inside, cops found a laptop bag containing a computer, wires, lug nuts, paper and three shotgun shells taped to some M-80 fireworks.
Surveillance camera footage showed the bag being left next to a waiting room bench by a man in a wheelchair, who was being pushed by a second man, according to the source.
A 57-year-old legless man was questioned by police and admitted for psychiatric evaluation.
The device was not capable of being detonated remotely, but “if it was lit, someone could have been hurt pretty bad,” a law enforcement source said.
Two MTA patrol officers spotted the package shortly after 11 a.m.
Well, maybe they were testing the system to see the reaction time and extent of any response. I don’t put anything past anyone when it comes to acts of terrorism. Would love to know more about Mr. Roosevelt and his partner(s) in crime.
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