A 21 year old Bangladeshi national in the US, here on a student visa, was arrested two days ago for attempting to detonate a 1,000 pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve bank in Manhattan. This was the result of a three month long sting operation by the FBI and the local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Congratulations to the agents and officers of the FBI and coordinating agencies who foiled this plot, and thank you for keeping our nation safe!
Homeland Security Today provides some initial details of the plot in what is, surprisingly, not a top national news story. I’m honestly shocked by this – Folks, this is big news! Based on the information provided, the detonation of a bomb this size (had it been real) would have done just as much damage as that caused by Timothy McVeigh at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. That bomb killed 168 and injured almost 700 people.
While there have been a lot of criticisms of our nation’s intelligence functions lately (see my earlier post on Fusion Centers), this is one of the true success stories. Let’s congratulate all of the officials involved in finding and catching this radical. I’m sure the employees of the Manhattan Federal Reserve bank and their loved ones are truly thankful.