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What the "Lone Wolf" Says About FBI/NYPD Relations

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The FBI twice refused to get involved in the Jose Pimentel case. Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses what this tells us about federal-local police relations.

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Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

- Major Hassan of Fort Hood Texas
- Times Square bomber - thankfully incompetent
- Bronx bomb plot - likewise
- Fort Dix attack plot
- 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot

Terrorism in the United States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_the_United_States

The above is a tallying.

Nov. 22 2011 12:35 PM
John A.

I get the impression that WNYC has two or so reporters and about three Dozen producers. I don't know that that's true, but in the meantime I'm not faulting the reporters for being spread too thin.

Nov. 22 2011 11:30 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

People making bombs in their kitchens or where ever need to be arrested. And how is someone forced into make a bomb?

Nov. 22 2011 11:28 AM
Jane rivers from Rockaway

Entrapment? Perhaps, but two thoughts: he didnt have to go along with the informant, and two: someone, somewhere probably would have financed this guy...?

Nov. 22 2011 11:24 AM
Kevin-NY

This is chump bait to change the focus of the bad press that the mayor has been getting by rushing an unprepared case to the fore and playing the national security card. Bush redux....Then his comments today on the failure of the executive in the debt crisis....

Nov. 22 2011 11:23 AM
Sherry from LES

Uh what? This man is just a guy not part of cell. What kind of extreme Muslim is involved with Pot smoking?

Nov. 22 2011 11:18 AM
Marco from new york

Let me guess this straight....a man is arrested while in the process of building a bomb and somehow this is a bad thing. How can one be entrapped into building a bomb? Just because most of these jihadis are incompetent doesn't mean they shouldn't be arrested.

Nov. 22 2011 11:14 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I like Hennelly's reporting, but why does he regularly break out into mocking voices? I find it odd for a reporter.

Nov. 22 2011 11:14 AM

Bob Hennelly would sound more like a journalist and less like a spokesman for the NYPD and Michael Bloomberg if he raised even _one_ of the criticisms raised by people like Glenn Greenwald, Bruce Ackerman, Jonathan Turley, David Cole, and _many_ others.

But the idea of actually _investigating_ an issue as opposed to just rehashing NYPD propaganda is alien to Hennelly and WNYC.

Nov. 22 2011 11:12 AM
gary from queens

@hughsansom

We need to watch the whacko jihadists as much as the level-headed ones. Each are capable of igniting a bomb and killing people.

And I wouldnt accept the judgment of the FBI under Eric Holder, who defended terrorists in Gitmo and is under siege for the handling of voter intimidation and gun walking etc.

As for the IRA, they never attacked americans.

As for Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League, after 30 years, we must admit he was right. Muslims in palestine will never accept jewish national sovereignty. We know that now. We didnt when he was alive and saying it, before a muslim assassinated him.

Nov. 22 2011 11:12 AM
Aaron from at work on Wall Street

distraction tactic. weak case to draw our attention away from the treatment of peaceful protesters this past week/weekend.

Nov. 22 2011 11:07 AM

Let's see of Bob Hennelly can get something right about this. His reporting on things involving New York money or power is usually poor.

We now have ample evidence — from numerous cases — that the FBI is routinely using techniques to encourage, even coerce, people into vaguely terrorist-related activities when those people otherwise might be nothing more than frustrated, angry, foolish, ill-informed . . . whatever, but not terrorists.

Contrast this with kid-glove treatment given American supporters of the IRA or Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League and Kach.

When the FBI says the case is too weak — given their lust for inducing 'terrorism' and suspending all semblance of due process or constitutional protection — then we should be deeply concerned.

Nov. 22 2011 10:58 AM
gary from queens

Lone Wolf Zionist Bomb Plot Thwarted!!

Oops. My bad. I must have gotten that headline from Daily Kos or some leftist website.

Looks like we have yet another Muslim who never got the memo that read "Islam is the Religion of Peace."

Sorry Brian. I know you wanted this guy to be a militant Jew or Christian. Or ANYONE but a Muslim, so as to prove your point that Islam isn't the problem.

But chin up. You still get help from the likes of Mike Bloomberg and the MSM.

They love to repeat the term "Lone Wolf" to describe these guys. It conveys the impression that they are wacko loners with no ties to Islam and other Muslims.

But that's a convenient liberal myth. These guys are accessing jihadist websites and attempting to contact jihadists abroad. They're espousing the koran.

They're not getting brainwashed by their local boy scouts or little league.

Give me a break! If he had espoused nazism, FDR would have had him hanged in a few weeks time, as he had actually done during WWII.

NY authorities downplay jihad bomber's Islamic faith: He "smoked marijuana and drank...and only attended Muslim religious services infrequently"
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/ny-authorities-downplay-jihad-bombers-islamic-faith-he-also-smoked-marijuana-and-drankand-only-atten.html

Nov. 22 2011 10:58 AM
Robert from NYC

Here's a billionaire mayor with the whole of a city police department at his disposal, led by a thug/ape mentally, protecting himself and his "friends" /co-billionaires and using the department, as any despot would, to keep down a population screwed over by just about every financial and governmental institution. And nothing is done to either correct the horrid situation we find ourselves in nor punish those who caused this, what I call, depression.

Nov. 22 2011 10:14 AM

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