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Bomb Plot Suspects Arraigned

Thursday, May 21, 2009

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Three of the four suspects alleged to have plotted to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military planes based at Stewart Airport have been arraigned in federal court in White Plains.

At the arraignment, Assistant US Attorney Eric Snyder described the suspects as "extremely violent men who easily embraced terrorism." The alleged ring leader and high school dropout, 55-year-old James Cromitie, told US Magistrate Lisa Smith that he had smoked pot yesterday but could still understand the proceedings. All three men who appeared before the judge said they were U.S. citizens and needed the court to provide them with Legal Aid lawyers. The trio was sent to the Westchester County Penitentiary and are scheduled back in court June 5th. The fourth suspect Laguerre Payen, who is believed to be a Hatian national, will be arraigned later this afternoon.

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James Cromitie, is led from a NY federal building, May 21.
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David Winter, exec. dir. of the Riverdale Jewish Center.
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Police stand guard outside of Riverdale Temple.
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In front of the White Plains federal court.
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Vincent Briccetti, attorney for James Cromitie, in White Plains.
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A cowboy wear store in Newburgh, New York, home of suspects.
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The New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport.

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Comments [3]

Tom from Toronto

This whole episode stinks... and I'm not just talking about the bottles of urine one of the accused is reported to have stored at his domicile.

May. 22 2009 09:27 AM
Alex Leslie

You wonder why you have difficulty securing donations when you have a commentator interviewing an ex NY Police officer on entrapment, specifically leading that person into acknowledging entrapment. No wonder the intelligent right cannot stand Public Radio!

May. 22 2009 07:23 AM
Zulema Seligsohn

It more than smells of entrapment, but worse, it's a plot hatched by the FBI and foisted upon mentally ill and ignorant men whose state of mind is a product of the prison system. One wonders where the plot began and how much the FBI sustained and encouraged it. The media have a responsibility to question the powers that be.

May. 21 2009 08:48 PM

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