The NYPD's Intelligence Division arrested a man Sunday who is accused of wanting to kill U.S. troops as they returned home from the Middle East along. The suspect also is alleged to have had police targets and plots to to bomb post offices.
According to Eurasia Review the suspect, a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer, is a resident of New York City who was planning on acting as a lone wolf. When he was apprehended by the NYPD the suspect is alleged to have been in possession of an explosive substance.
Jose Pimentel is a naturalized United States citizen from the Dominican Republic. He was arrested Sunday after being under police surveillance for over two years while he was allegedly assembling several pipe bombs.
A police informant was allegedly with the suspect as he shopped for materials for the bombs that he was making, including trips to Home Depot reports DNA info. Pimentel is currently unemployed.
Anti-terror experts have warned that one of the threats in the United States are 'lone wolf' terrorists. Those lone wolves are not afflilated with any one group but are sympathizers who act on their own accord. In a press release following the arrest of Pimentel antiterrorism expert Todd McGhee who pioneered new security measures at Logan Airport, post 9/11 and later co-founded Protecting the Homeland Innovations, LLC in Braintree, Mass. said that the arrest shows the need for the public to be vigilant during the holiday season.
"Warning signs of a lone-wolf terrorist include hanging back when everyone is in a rush, appearing trancelike or spouting ideology. Tune into your surroundings instead of your iPod to pick up on out-of-step behaviors that could mean trouble," says McGhee.
McGhee says that if you have a sense of threat to go with your instincts but not act alone.
"Pay attention to the ebb and flow of human activity in airports, rail stations and bus terminals to become more aware of behaviors that are out of step with the crowd. If you sense a threat go with your instincts. Move away and alert the nearest security professional or a gate agent. Do not try to detain the individual yourself. Your safety comes first," says McGhee.
This type of awareness does not only protect you from terrorist threats but from all types of violence, from drunks to sexual predators according to McGhee.
"We are profoundly grateful for the New York City Police Department's tireless efforts, which prevented another potentially deadly terror attack on U.S. soil," said AJC Executive Director David Harris in a press release. "The accused terrorist is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a convert to Islam. He was apparently influenced by radical Islamic leaders in the Middle East. This incident is another sobering reminder that, ten years after the 9/11 attacks, constant vigilance remains key to our collective security."