Every day more proof of our hypothesis emerges by demonstrating motive, means, and opportunity. I was in New York this week as it was announced that a terror plot to bomb the New York Fed was foiled. This was the 53rd plot stopped since 9/11/01.
This particular attack was targeting the NY Fed building with a truck bomb. It wasn’t an attempt to maximize casualties. It was an attempt to destabilize the financial system. Regardless of how it was attempted, this proves motive and intent. Neil Cavuto had a good segment that explains this.
From a Yahoo News article:
According to the criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in the Eastern District of New York, Nafis traveled to the United States in January 2012 “for the purpose of conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.”
Working alone, Nafis attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the United States, according to the complaint. He “actively sought out al Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack.” One of those individuals was an FBI source, the bureau said, and an investigation was launched by both the FBI and NYPD.
The complaint alleges that Nafis initially considered several targets for his attack, including “a high-ranking U.S. official and the New York Stock Exchange” before settling on the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan’s financial district.
The FBI said it confiscated a note Nafis wrote saying he wanted to “destroy America” and referred to “our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”
There are lots of articles that describe the motive behind the intended attack. A key quote came from USA Today:
In a written statement allegedly intended to claim responsibility for the attack, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis stated that he chose the landmark to strike against the U.S. economy in pursuit of a goal to “destroy America.”
Sort of proves the point, doesn’t it?