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It’s hard work, but we’ve managed to uncover evildoers who are dumber than our president.  The dastardly plot was revealed yesterday.

Six Muslim men from New Jersey and Philadelphia were charged Tuesday with plotting to attack Fort Dix with automatic weapons and possibly even rocket-propelled grenades, vowing in taped conversations "to kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said.

Not to make light of any terrorist plot against our country, nor lessen the possibility (however slight) that this scurrilous bunch might have accidentally succeeded (like The Duchy of Grand Fenwick in "The Mouse That Roared"), but isn’t Fort Dix a military base, and doesn’t it contain lots of weapons and military personnel who have been expertly trained in weaponry?

This group of villains included a roofer, cab driver and pizza delivery man. Authorities were originally alerted to their brilliance

when personnel at a video store alerted the authorities after the suspects requested that he transfer onto a DVD a videotape of the group shouting about jihad as they fired assault weapons at a range in the Pocono Mountains.

Not since Richard Colvin Reid (aka Abdul Raheem) the infamous Shoe Bomber who attempted to ignite C-4 explosives in his shoe with a lighted match, has such genius been revealed.

With this dangerous plot exposed, the man who once deemed the continent of Africa a nation and proclaimed "The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country" can breath a sigh of relief...the treachery has been averted. We can all rest assured that our country is in good hands.

Originally posted to larbabe on Wed May 09, 2007 at 09:36 AM PDT.

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  •  Stupid or not... (1+ / 0-)
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    debedb

    the case is a reminder that law enforcement, not military might, is the best way to handle domestic terrorism.

    These guys may have been stupid, but they were also obviously not a benign bunch. They wanted to kill other people and were on a mission to buy weapons.

    I, for one, am glad they are behind bars and hope they stay there for a long, long time.

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

    by kmiddle on Wed May 09, 2007 at 09:30:48 AM PDT

  •  I don't understand... (0+ / 0-)

    ...in the video, were they all sharing the same rifle? Otherwise they wouldn't need to buy new weapons.

  •  It would not have worked (1+ / 0-)
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    MsWings

    Military bases are damn hard to get into.  My sister lives in base housing and a taxi could only bring her to the front gates.  This plan would have failed spectacularly and miserably because they are not really a threat. Would they have gone in delivering one pizza together, or each separately? How would they have hid the weapons? Cars are searched inside and out before entering a base.  It was not supposed to be a suicide mission but if you start shooting on a Military base it is probably the last thing you do.

    This was low hanging fruit, not a real threat.  The people that our military fight in Iraq mean business. This group was trying to recreate The Knights of Prosperity in real life. Threats should be taken seriously, but to call these guys terrorists is giving them too much credit. They did plan to use terrorism as a tactic but they did not have the capability.  We need to focus on real threats from organized groups and not get distracted by wannabe terrorists.

    •  Wrong (0+ / 0-)

      Pizza delivery guys get in ANYWHERE and lots of them are illegal aliens!! That's how they got the idea. They'd been delivering pizza's in there. I work in a very secure building in NYC and the food del. guys are all over the place.

      •  As I said (0+ / 0-)

        My sister lives in Base housing.  I know many people who work at another base, others who shop on that base and they search the cars entering and leaving.  I used to have to drive by that base and after Sep. 11 they backed up traffic out on the highway because each car was searched. The entry was reconfigured to give enough room to search the vehicles without interfering with traffic. All but one of the alternate entrances were closed.  Strict rules were put into place as to who could enter a base and where they could go.  This plan was a dream created by lunatics that did not have the ability to carry it out.

        Maybe Ft. Dix stopped following the military protocol, but every car is supposed to be searched.  My sister had to wait quite a bit while they checked her car.  She is a spouse of a service person and has an ID showing that, was going on base to meet him and they still had to check the vehicle.  Her husband, in uniform was stuck waiting while they inspected his vehicle. Pizza guys should not be an exception.

        •  Not necessarily. (1+ / 0-)
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          Even after 9/11, my husband's Navy base didn't search every car. They did random checks. And this base has nuclear weapons on it.

          But I suspect that the Pizza guy would have been searched because he didn't have a military ID.

          I think precisely how they handle security differs from base to base. Even after the  bombings of the Saudi barracks, the Cole bombing and the bombings of our embassy, security on our base in Japan was  pretty lax. If you studied English with a wife,  you got a pass for 6 months, good only for that particular day and time of the class. More than once it occurred to me that it wouldn't be hard to join a class, get a pass, plant something, go to class, than leave as usual. One hopes security has gotten better (for a while there they did search under cars with mirrors and did spot checks on trunks).

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Wed May 09, 2007 at 11:39:40 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

            I only know about the security at bases that my family has experienced.  The two hardest places to get into should be military bases and nuclear power plants.  Al Qaeda has attacked our bases before and all bases should be as well protected as they can be.  I still would hope that a group of guys pretending to be pizza guys would not get past the front gate.  If there is a security hole when it comes to food delivery, at least it was exposed by this incompetent bunch instead of a well trained and well backed group.  

            •  They MIGHT call to the phone from which the pizza (0+ / 0-)

              was ordered--msot pizza delivery want the number--and have the guys who ordered it coem down.

              The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

              by irishwitch on Wed May 09, 2007 at 12:55:12 PM PDT

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            •  No Way. It's a basic fact of life that if the (0+ / 0-)

              same pizza guy is showing up every day after a while he's just getting waved through. These are human beings. They get to know eachother. They're saying stuff like how are the wife and kids after a while. This pizza guy could easily be going past the same guards three or four times a DAY! You think they're gonna stop him and bust his balls every time? No fucking way.

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