February 26, 2010, - 1:32 pm

UPDATED – Who is Perry Roosevelt?: Why the Silence on Yesterday’s Attempted NY Train Station Bombing?

By Debbie Schlussel


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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24 Responses

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Bob Porrazzo on February 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Bob, you must also be a truther. Why believe the worldwide threats and attacks from Islamist terrorists when we can just say they were framed? What a sorry moron you are.

    Mikey on March 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

I live in New York, if you had not reported this I would still not know it happened. I did a search, and sure enough there were brief reports, in print only, without any real detail. Wow. I’m speculating the NYPD et al, does not want to offend the peaceful Muslims worldwide.

mark hammond on February 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I read this tiny article on page 9 of the NY Post and thought it strange that an attempted bombing got such little play.

Davida on February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I wonder if the story would have gotten coverage if it were Grand Central rather than some station up in Harlem. I’m just sayin!

Kaiser Sozay on February 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

shhh!!! shaa shtil! eyes to the floor and keep moving…..

Not Ovenready on February 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Perhaps if you’d searched on the correct name, which is “Perry Roosevelt”, you might find some articles about the incident. I found 22 listed from yesterday.

On the other hand, maybe Liberal who want bring about anarchy helped the guy legally change his name, just in time for Liberal reporters to write their stories, so that they’d have an excuse not to report on the terrorist incident. Of course, that doesn’t explain why there were 22 articles about it.


S: I read the article in the Wall St. Journal, as you can see from the link above. It has the guy’s name as Roosevelt Terry. I am updating the piece accordingly. But, FYI, I still didn’t read or hear about the case, regardless of the man’s name. Thanks, DS

Stephen S. on February 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Perhaps this wasn’t widely reported because it was such an amateur job: http://gothamist.com/2010/02/26/man_in_wheelchair_put_bomb_in_125th.php

    Mind you, that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored, but it doesn’t rise to the level of national news.

    Stephen S. on February 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      “not important enough for national news.”…let me see….
      so youre saying we almost had a terror attack, like the Christmas Day (miracle) attempted terror attack, (thank you my Man of the Year- Jasper Schurwinga) and it isnt necessary to have every citizen in this country alerted??? Really, Steven, pLease think about your answer.

      esther on February 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Roosevelt Terry is a well-known NYC amputee & panhandler who is in and out of hospitals, rehabs, maybe jails? He is not crazy nor a muslim, but very clownish in manner and generally well-liked by those he begs from on the street. Not sure why he would be involved in this unless he was paid. It would be interesting to know who wheeled him. ‘Rosie’ usually wheels himself.

    kay on March 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

while waiting for the 11:58 a.m. train out of the harlem station yesterday we witnessed the police action prior to the identification of the would be explosives left behind by them named suspect. we were told not to sit next to the suspected bag but rather a few seats away until the sniff dogs arrived. a few minutes later i approached the officers and asked why, if they felt it necessary to call in dogs, they were letting people sit nearby. i told that they were just following “protocol” and that there really was not threat. not impressive at all given the facts that have since emerged.

a relatively comfortable white woman who agrees that if the “event” occurred in grand central the response would have been very different and very reported

francesca turchiano on February 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

more proof that there is an Almighty G-D…

esther on February 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

sounds like the bomb was not really a bomb but a concoction made to look like a explosive device..a couple m80 firecrackers taped togather does not make a bomb.
what a waste of time.

c stryker on February 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

Today, firecrackers; tomorrow, a bomb.

apodoca on February 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm

just like the 2 smiling idiots in SC, officials now just say it was “fireworks”. Nothing to see here folks just move along.

ender on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Deb I live out here in “flyover” country and don’t get much current news so I’ve come to depend on you to find things that I wouldn’t normally read about. Could this be another “dry run”, to test our defenses, our readiness, our preparedness, to see how far they can push the envelope? Sure seems that way. Thanks Deb and Happy Purim.

kenny komodo on February 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

An M80, if is is set off or goes off close to an individual, can really do some harm. Yes, this should have been reported nationwide to alert people to check more closely. As one poster stated: “Today a fire cracker; tomorrow a bomb.”

Rick013 on February 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’m wondering how much money you want to bet that this was done by Muslims. I’ll take any odds.

richard on February 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    just to be clear, Debbie, I’m betting it wasn’t Muslims. Are you still up to “bet money on it”?

    richard on February 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

One would figure that a bomb on a NY trainstation WOULD be national news but down here in Florida we heard nothing about it.
I love how this person was taken for psychiatric evaluation by police but no mention of his arrest. If he is Muslim then we will never know as now he is a “Mental Patient”.
Having a Muslim attack right now would not be good for Chairman Maobama so we will never know unless a real news agency finds out the truth.
I have a question though for any “Truther” out there. Are you really this stupid? or do you just need a conspiracy theory to make life interesting?

martin fee on March 2, 2010 at 6:52 am

Whenever there is a hush-hush blackout or delay of news coverage of an event. I suspect Islam may be involved.

Another psychiatric eval?
But….Islam is not a psychiatric disorder. It is the religion of peace and beauty.

Our Homeland Security Dep’t and a certain American Mental Health Association tell me that American patriotism is a dangerous psychiatric disorder (Authoritarian Personality blah blah blah)and that patriots have such low IQ’s that they may require a dual diagnosis. Stupid yet dangerous!

I stopped riding the subway years ago. But if an officer told me to sit anywhere near a suspicious package…I would run in the other direction! Perahps I now will require a diagnosis for that decision!

Cat K on March 2, 2010 at 8:02 am

Dry run never was fun.

Breaking News on March 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

God so loved the Muslims that He gave them sand in lieu of brains.

neal desruisseaux on March 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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