December 02nd 2008 02:56:40 AM
Fort Dix Jihad Update. “Jurors in Fort Dix terror trial view tape from seized computers,” by John P. Martin for the Star-Ledger, October 23 (thanks to Jeffrey Imm):
Jurors at the Fort Dix terror trial today watched videos of beheadings and al Qaeda propaganda seized from one defendant’s computer, footage investigators contend proves the young Muslim men were studying terror tactics and preparing to attack.
Then two Iraqi captives appeared in succession on camera, each sitting before a red tapestry and confessing they had been spies for America and Israel.
An FBI language specialist, Gassan Hajjar, then described for jurors what happened next: Using a knife, the captors sliced off the hostages’ heads, taking four to six minutes to complete the decapitations, he said. They held the severed heads aloft, placed them back on the bodies and celebrated.
Prosecutors aired the videos as the first week of testimony in the Camden courtroom came to an end, letting the images potentially linger in jurors’ minds as a searing coda to the week.
Agents extracted the videos from a computer seized last year at the Cherry Hill home of Shain and Eljvir Duka, illegal Albanian immigrants who prosecutors say were radical Islamists plotting to attack Fort Dix or another area installation.
Being tried with them on charges of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers are their brother, Dritan Duka, of Cherry Hill; Mohamad Shnewer, a native of Jordan and nationalized U.S. citizen from Cherry Hill, and Serdar Tatar, a legal permanent resident from Turkey who lived in Philadelphia.
The clips jurors watched were among hundreds of jihadist photos, articles and Internet links agents found on the defendants’ computers after the May 2007 arrests ended a 15-month FBI investigation. […]
When potential jurors in this case were “grilled on whether they *think* Islam teaches violence,” JihadWatch noted: “Apparently you have to believe that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ to serve on this jury — which suggests that the trial itself will tread only very, very lightly, if at all, into territory concerning the motives and goals of these men.” From the AP last month:
…Lawyers on Tuesday morning asked questions of 11 potential jurors, examining whether they could be fair even if they thought Islam encouraged violence or they had family in the military. […]
The first one may have been one of the hardest cases. The woman said she is the wife of a retired New Jersey National Guard member who served about a year in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay, where the U.S. is holding suspect terrorists rounded up abroad.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick asked if she could keep an open mind in light of that.
“I think I would have some difficulty,” said the woman, whose name, like those of others called on the case, is not being made public , even to the attorneys questioning her.
For 45 minutes, lawyers on both sides grilled the woman on a number of topics, including her opinion of Islam, whether she would hold it against the defendants if they did not testify, and whether she could separate the case from the people she’s known who have served at Fort Dix….
JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer closed with, “She had ‘too many biases’ and was excused.”
Let’s recall that this whole plot came to light when a Circuit City clerk making a copy of the tape overcame his guilt for being “racist” and alerted authorities to its contents. Circuit City declared bankruptcy last month. Who will protect us now?
Below are some previous updates on the Ft. Dix case, which I haven’t had time to mention:
Man Sentenced in Fort Dix Plot Case (from March)
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A man who admitted letting a group of accused terror-plotters shoot his guns at a firing range was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler said Agron Abdullahu deserved more than the 10 to 16 months that sentencing guidelines call for because he knew the men who were talking about violence against Americans.
“I am convinced that he is not as innocent as he’d like us to believe,” Kugler said before imposing the sentence. “This is not a common, ordinary, technical violation of the law.”
But the sentence was less than half the five-year maximum allowed. With time served and credit for good behavior, it’s likely Abdullahu will be free before the end of the year. He could face deportation.
Abdullahu said he was sorry he let his friends use his weapons at a firing range in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007. He said he discounted their tough talk about hurting America.
“Not at any moment did I think they were actually going to do what they said,” he told the judge.
Abdullahu, 25, was arrested last May with five men who are charged with conspiring to kill soldiers on Fort Dix.
Though the group was dubbed “The Fort Dix Six,” Abdullahu, a supermarket baker whose ethnic Albanian family escaped Kosovo when he was a teenager, always stood out. While the others are on track for a trial in the fall for charges including conspiracy to murder military personnel and attempted murder, Abdullahu pleaded guilty last year to a single, lesser charge.
Abdullahu was charged with letting the brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka shoot two weapons that he owned legally. It is a crime to allow illegal immigrants like the Duka brothers to possess guns.
Note: Abdullahu was the Albanian who reportedly had been a sniper in Kosovo — which means at the age of 15 (see Bosnia “slaughter” of Muslim men “and boys”) — and received Ft. Dix’s hospitality when his family came here among the Clintons’ designated “refugees”.
Next update: Fort Dix plotter gets 20 [months] (from April)
CAMDEN — Agron Abdullahu, the Buena Vista Township man who admitted he provided weapons used at a firing range by illegal aliens charged last spring with plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, was sentenced Monday to 20 months in federal prison.
Abdullahu, 25 and a refugee from Kosovo, could be released from custody next fall, said his attorney Richard Coughlin, federal public defender for New Jersey.
Throughout the 90-minute sentencing hearing, Couglin, a team of federal prosecutors, and U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler said repeatedly that Abdullahu had no active part in the conspiracy to attack personnel at the military base.
Setting for the his reasons for the sentence, more than the 11 months suggested by the defense but substantially less than the 60 months that the government said “would be reasonable,” Kugler referred to letters written in support of Abdullahu. Those letters described him as a hard-working, pleasant, and polite man who loved the United States. [Note: Recall my quip here: You know your carjacker is Albanian if while he holds a gun to your head, he says pro-American things. Meanwhile, try to find the word “Albanian” in this AFP report on the Abdullahu update. You will, however, find the words “Serbian” and “Yugoslavia”.]
Kugler said that while secretly-recorded conversations among Abudullahu and his co-defendants included Abdullahu’s assertion that he would never kill anyone, and would not help the other men kill anyone, he knew the others wanted to prepare to carry out sniper attacks.
Coughlin described Abdullahu as a young man, who socialized with co-defendants because they shared a refugee history. While Abdullahu often worked up to 70 hours a week and was described by the sentencing judge as “the glue that held his family together,” his meetings with the other men gave him an opportunity for beer, pizza, and girlfriends.
Coughlin said Abdullahu was “very grateful” for the sentence and “appreciated the time the judge devoted to this case.”…Coughlin said he did not know what steps would be taken after Abdullahu’s release by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in connection with the possible deportation of Abdullahu.
Abdullahu possessed and used the weapons legally, although his conviction bars him fro[m] possessing any firerms in the future…Jury selection now is set to begin in September. Co-defendants are Mohamad Shnewer of Cherry Hill; Eljvir, Shain, and Dritan Duka, three brothers also from Cherry Hill, and Sedar Tatar, of Philadelphia.
In his statement to the court before his sentence was announced, Abdullahu said, “I was not paying attention to anything they said. I mind my own business,” Abdullahu said. “I never thought they would actually do what they said.”
Though the following from this update seems to show that he took their words seriously enough to admonish them against it:
…Abdullahu was indicted on charges of providing weapons to illegal immigrants and has admitted letting illegal immigrants use weapons he owned legally, including a Beretta 9 mm pistol and a Yugoslav semiautomatic rifle…”He regrets that he is associated with any plot, which has not been proved,” [Coughlin] said.
Authorities said that while Abdullahu provided weapons to the other men and joined them for target practice in Pennsylvania, he resisted the idea of participating in an attack. The government said he told the others at one point that it would be against Islam to kill civilians and that it would be “crazy” to attack the military installation. […]
From Byzantine Blog:
Fort Dix U.S. Army base was not the only terror target of the group consisting of predominantly Kosovo and Macedonian Albanian terrorists. According to the authorities, surrounding U.S. Army objects and Federal Building in Philadelphia were also targeted by the group.
Updates on the remaining Ft. Dix Five:
A federal grand jury in Camden yesterday returned a new indictment that contains additional charges against the five men accused of plotting an armed jihadist attack on Fort Dix.
The superseding indictment includes three new counts - two firearms charges and a count of attempted murder of members of the U.S. military.
The indictment also adds some details about the firearms the men were accused of seeking and alleges the men also scouted McGuire Air Force Base for a possible attack.
They were accused of planning to use a pizza-delivery pass to get onto Fort Dix, where they would open fire on soldiers. They could face life in prison if convicted.
The new indictment replaces the five-count indictment brought against all six defendants in June. The new one removes Abdullahu from the case.
The new indictment says that the five men attempted to identify others sympathetic to their cause and to recruit them “to their violent jihadist philosophy.”
Prosecutors also added to the indictment that the men had scouted McGuire, and that Dritan Duka and Shnewer told [informant] Omar that they wanted to buy AK-47 assault rifles from a black-market gun dealer he purported to know. […]
The comical part in all of this was hearing the expressions of shock — SHOCK! — over the Ft. Dix plot from the leadership of the terror-won state-in-progress, Kosovo, and from Albanians in general:
Kosovo has been shocked by the arrest of four Islamic radicals of Albanian origin who were allegedly plotting to attack the US military base at Fort Dix, close to New Jersey.
News of the arrests has caused something of a furore in Kosovo, with politicians and institutions strongly condemning the alleged plotters and offering to help the US government with their enquiries.
“We are disgusted by the fact that any Albanian anywhere in the world could be involved in such acts against a nation which has been so generous to us,” said [former Kosovo “prime minister” Agim] Ceku.
Kosovan political parties said the alleged plot damaged the image of Albanians.
Hashim Thaci, head of Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, the main opposition party in Kosovo [but now the ruling party with Thaci as “prime minister”], said…that “Kosovo and Albanians in general have always and continue to take an active part in the war against global terrorism”.
Just as Bosnian ambassador and terror facilitator Bisera Turkovic, said “her country was shocked that a Bosnian-born teenager [also a Clinton “refugee”] killed five people [in Utah] in a country that has granted ‘our freedom, our prosperity,’” these people kill with impunity in their home countries — where war criminals are heroes and go free more often than not — then they start killing here, surprisingly. Why would leaders of a narco-terrorist mafia state be “shocked” that four of their kin were continuing in America what they learned from home? Too soon? And why did Albanians condemn these four even as they fight to free Albanian terrorists elsewhere?
Then again, Albanians are used to feigning shock over their own terrorism:
PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Two officials of Kosovo’s governing coalition have been arrested after police found a minibus packed with heavy weapons and ammunition.
A police source said the haul included a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun and more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades.
Local media reports said the find, made late on Wednesday in the Drenica region of central Kosovo, was the largest in Kosovo since the 1998-99 war and the deployment of NATO peacekeepers.
Three men were arrested, including a senior adviser to the Kosovo labor minister and a member of the governing Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), which emerged from the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army.
The Kosovo government issued a statement expressing regret for what it said was an isolated case. The AAK, a junior member of the governing coalition, said it was “surprised” that two of its members were involved.
Finally, in January of this year, the Nine/Eleven Finding Answers organization released a detailed report based on compiled news items, concerning the Ft. Dix plot. The group is focused on jihad terrorism, and unlike most other reports on the Ft Dix plot, this one does not conceal the Albanian Muslim identities of four of the six plotters. Some key parts — from Abdullahu’s true level of involvement to the Dukas’ 15 year-old brides to their childhood modeling/acting careers — are excerpted below:
Report #13 in a NEFA series, “Target: America”
A NEFA analysis of U.S. v. Shnewer
…Shain Duka told another FBI informant that Serdar Tatar “wanted to join the U.S. Army so that he could kill U.S. soldiers from the ‘inside.’” [Note: this is what Yugoslavia was dealing with early on from Albanians in the military — and what the U.S. has already had a taste of.]
Then, in early February 2007, fourteen individuals – including Shnewer, the three indicted Duka brothers, Abdullahu, and Abdullahu’s thirteen and eighteen-year-old brothers – traveled to a rented house at 2717 Eagleview Drive in Gouldsboro. On February 2, 2007, federal agents…watched the Duka brothers train at a firearms range with a 9 millimeter Beretta handgun, a Mossberg 12 gauge pump shotgun, an SKS semi-automatic rifle, and a Beretta Storm semi-automatic rifle. They also noted that Abdullahu was instructing members of the group how to hold the shotgun when shooting it. Three days later, some of the men were recorded discussing “bombs, nitroglycerin, and the explosive C-4.”
If there were any confusion about the purpose of the group’s trip to the Poconos, Eljvir Duka clarified the issue, explaining that it “had been a training mission.” Duka added, “at the end when it comes to defending your religion, when someone is trying attacks [on] your religion, your way of life, then you go jihad.”[Note: this is the one who wasn’t “involved” in the plot.]…In addition to live fire training, cell members readied themselves for jihad by playing paintball.
While the cell eventually settled on Fort Dix as their primary target, at least one of the conspirators also considered assaulting a handful of other military locations. Court documents allege that Mohamad Shnewer suggested attacking two American warships when they docked in the Port of Philadelphia and bemoaned the fact that “they had missed an opportunity to attack United States military personnel during the Army-Navy football game that had been recently played in Philadelphia.” According to Shnewer, in the lead up to the game, the nearby Navy base was “full of people,” presenting a golden “opportunity” because “you can hit it from…New Jersey.” And, as discussed below, Shnewer physically assessed the vulnerability of the U.S. Army base at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey; the U.S. Coast Guard Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Dover Air Force base in Dover, Delaware.
To analyze other targets for attack, Mohamad Shnewer conducted a number of surveillance runs. On August 11, 2006, the same day he surveilled Fort Dix, Shnewer conducted surveillance of the U.S. Army base at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey…
Two days later, on August 13th, Shnewer carried out surveillance on the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware.
While information is sparse on the multitude of factors that may have led to the radicalization of cell members, some clues do exist. For one, press reports indicate that the Duka’s [sic] uncle, who reportedly became radicalized while jailed in New York State and was eventually deported, played a role in his nephews’ transformation. Media sources claim that several years ago, Eljvir, Shain, and Dritan became increasingly fervent in their beliefs, giving up alcohol and growing beards. Dritan and Eljvir also wed 15-yearold girls in religious ceremonies. Additionally, Mohamad Shnewer’s mother told a reporter that her son was upset about images of the Iraq war he saw on television.
[D]uring the February 2007 Poconos trip, Shnewer played jihadist videos that featured the bombing of U.S. military vehicles. A court filing alleges that when “Shain Duka pointed out that a United States Marine’s arm had been blown off…laughter erupted from the group.”
The connections between the conspirators can be traced as far back as 1999, when Eljvir Duka, Mohamad Shnewer, and Serdar Tatar attended Cherry Hill West High School in New Jersey. Moreover, Eljvir Duka is married to one of Shnewer’s sisters. The Duka brothers are further tied to Shnewer through the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society Mosque in Philadelphia and the Islamic Center of South Jersey in Palmyra, which their families attended.
A lawyer for the Duka brothers reports that the family, which hails from Debar, Macedonia, illegally entered the United States through Mexico in 1984.
In 1996, the Duka family laid down roots in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, having spent time in Texas and Brooklyn, New York. As children, the three indicted Duka brothers modeled in New York City; Time reports that “Eljvir appeared in a rock-music video, Dritan was an extra in Law & Order, and Shain was in a commercial for the World Wrestling Federation.”
High school classmates remember that Elvjir and his older brother Shain, who also attended Cherry Hill West, “had…a gangster attitude”, “talked about fighting a lot,” and “were in trouble all the time.” A retired assistant principal at the school confirmed these reports, telling a reporter that the two brothers were “incredibly disruptive.” What’s more, police were even called to Cherry Hill West to remove Ferik Duka, who threatened to assault the principal over a disciplinary incident involving Eljvir. Neither Eljvir nor Shain graduated from high school. Along with Dritan, they went on to operate a roofing company. Dritan and Shain Duka also owned a pizza restaurant in Turnersville, New Jersey but sold it in June 2005. The individual to whom they sold the shop described the brothers as “surly” and “arrogant.” He asserted that the business “was a rat trap” when he bought it and claimed, “I don’t think they did any business. It was horrible.” (The president of the Islamic Center of South Jersey, Ismail Badat, presented a different perspective on the Duka brothers, describing them as “religious kids. They were hardworking boys. They were very friendly, well-behaved, wellmannered. There was nothing to indicate they were going off the path.”) [Indeed, they still haven’t gone off the path.]
In addition to jointly owning businesses, the brothers lived together, along with their parents and other relatives. A neighbor reported that the Duka brothers were extremely close: “they did everything together…it was like they were attached at the hip.”
Though Agron Abdullahu has not been indicted in connection with the plot, he “provide[d] weapons to persons whom he knew to be preaching jihad,” and his background is thus worth examining. Born in Gilan [Gnjilane], Kosovo, Abdullahu fled his strife-torn homeland in 1999 along with his parents, three siblings, and grandmother. Abdullahu, then sixteen-years-old, and his family spent five weeks in a United Nations refugee camp on the Macedonian border. After winning an immigration lottery, the Abdullahu clan traveled to the U.S., ironically entering through Fort Dix and settling in Williamstown, New Jersey.
A filing by Abdullahu’s attorney paints Abdullahu and his family as fervently pro-American. According to that document: “The Abdullahu family is eternally grateful to the United States. The United States’ participation in the Kosovo refugee lottery system allowed the Abdullahu family to escape war-ravaged Kosovo intact…”
The same filing states that “Abdullahu has also found America a wonderful place for pursuing his own passions. He enjoys mechanical projects and has spent a great deal of his free time refurbishing cars and a boat. He is also a gun enthusiast.” In light of these facts, Abdullahu purportedly has a “great feeling of indebtedness…toward the United States.”
Agron Abdullahu, who was not charged in connection with the Fort Dix plot, displayed a strong interest in explosives. During interviews with federal agents, he detailed how “he has used gun powder to blow up logs in his back yard.” He “explained that he ignited the gun powder with a fusing system that incorporated an extension cord and a ‘lighter-wire’ that he placed into an electrical socket which heated the lighterwire which, in turn, ignited the gun powder.” What’s more, a former co-worker told the media that Abdullahu, who purportedly called Usama bin Laden “Uncle Benny,” had bomb recipes in his car.
And during the February 2007 trip to the Poconos, Abdullahu discussed explosives with members of the group, as he explained, “You have to have the perfect temperature. You have nitroglycerin. You can make a bomb with the fucking ammonium. Fucking Windshield [w]iper…Burns like fucking gasoline.” He added, “you can use it in an assault.” When asked about his interest in bombs, Abdullahu responded, “I love that shit. I looked for it, I learnt about it…I like to know everything in case very time comes. Because it the times. If any moment if somebody turns against me. If they turn against me, I would have a fighting chance. You don’t have to have that fucking military [stuff] to making bombs. You can break into fucking house and steal stuff to make a bomb. You can break into a gun store and steal the stuff and make the bomb…I can break into the Home Depot and make a fucking bomb.”
Nonetheless, when talking to federal agents, “Abdullahu claimed that he had neither formal military training nor bomb-building training.” Federal prosecutors assess that “Abdullahu clearly minimized his knowledge of explosives to the interviewing agents…”
According to press reports, some of the suspects talked about crashing fuel tankers into crowded buildings; however, they decided the plot was impractical because, as illegal immigrants, they would be unable to obtain the necessary licenses.
While incarcerated, a number of the individuals charged in connection with the probe have created additional problems for themselves.
[O]n November 22, 2007, a corrections officer discovered a DVD hidden in a book in the prison’s law library. At that point, “Dritan Duka began yelling and stated that the DVD was his.” Court documents reveal that: “the DVD contained one of the many videos that were recovered from defendant Shnewer’s laptop computer during the course of the investigation. The video was produced by Al Qaeda. The video is slightly more than one hour of clips depicting the plight of Muslims around the world, and of Usama Bin Laden and other Islamic extremists making speeches which call the viewer to join the jihadist movement…’”
An inmate later advised corrections officers that Shnewer had given him the DVD to watch. This DVD is the same one Shnewer gave to Mahmoud Omar in May 2006. Analyzing this incident, prosecutors wrote, “the fact the defendant Shnewer and, perhaps, his co-conspirators may be spreading jihadist recruitment videos to other inmates clearly raises grave security concerns…”
Months before this controversy, Agron Abdullahu also disturbed prison officials with his actions. On May 25, 2007, a corrections officer noticed that Abdullahu had “etched into his cell door a depiction of an AK-47 machine gun firing bullets at the words ‘FBI,’” as well as the words “Rainca Kosova UCK.” Prosecutors explained that “UCK” is an acronym for the “Kosovo Liberation Army,” an “ethnic Albanian paramilitary organization which fought for the independence of Kosovo from Yugoslavia in the late 1990s. Some prominent KLA members have recently been charged with committing war crimes. As recently as December 2006, the Albanian National Army or AKSH, with which some former KLA members appear to have been linked, has been involved in violent attacks against legitimate police forces in Western Kosovo.” Court documents further note that “although Abdullahu has publicly attempted to disassociate himself with the KLA, his promotion of it paints a different picture.” In addition to the two etchings, Abdullahu also removed a screw from the metal light switch plate in his room and bent it from the wall. Officials feared he may have been attempting to create a weapon with the plate.
Prior to their arrest on terror charges, the Duka brothers ran into trouble with the law on numerous occasions. Shain Duka has been arrested on charges of making physical threats, obstruction of justice, and hindering apprehension. He has also been cited for traffic violations five times. Eljvir Duka has been arrested on drug charges and amassed two motor vehicles citations. And, Dritan Duka was arrested for disorderly conduct, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moreover, he was ticketed for speeding or driving with a suspended license a total of six times. [Note the recurring theme of criminality giving way to increased Islamic fervor. Which also accounts for Islam’s appeal among prison populations.]
According to media reports, Tatar first applied to become a police officer (at an undisclosed time) in Oakland, California. Then, on April 10, 2007, he applied to the Philadelphia police department.
Despite the evidence amassed against the cell members, their relatives have steadfastly proclaimed their innocence. For example, Serdar Tatar’s father blasted authorities for their alleged anti-Muslim bias, commenting, “It’s persecution, religious persecution. Nothing more.” [Here again, a Muslim himself is equating criminal behavior with Islam. He is essentially saying that these would-be terrorists are doing nothing more than practicing their religion.] He has also stated, “I believe in my heart that my son is
not guilty” and claims that his son “loves the United States.” And Tatar’s wife told the media, “I know he is not a terrorist…I know. I know my husband. He is not a terrorist.” Similarly, Mohamad Shnewer’s mother commented that her son was a “good boy” and the allegations “made no sense.” Finally, Dritan Duka’s wife asserted that her husband was “always home or working. He would never [have] had time to do this.”
Notice that it is only Muslims, from the Islamic Center guy to the family members, who are professing the boys’ goodness. But recall this short blog post from a friend of mine who knew the Dukas when she was growing up in Brooklyn:
When Elvis and Dritan Duka, two of the three brothers arrested on terrorism charges in Fort Dix, were kids, they were neighborhood bullies. When they got a little older, they became drug dealers.
How do I know? They grew up in my neighborhood, my brother and his friends used to brawl with them on a fairly regular basis. My brother’s best friend’s mom was friends with their mom. Then they moved to New Jersey and became Jihadis. Of all possible paths for the Duka kids, that one didn’t seem the most likely.
They’ve been here since they were kids, illegally it turns out, lived American lives, went to our public schools, and then decided to try and kill some of our troops. I don’t know that I’ll ever get used to this world.
Indeed, Islam is the umbrella organization for all kinds of criminality. In addition to being a political ideology hiding behind a religious shroud it is quite simply a joint criminal enterprise.
Among the choice comments below the quote are one from “Sean” and another from “Former Bay Ridger”:
…There’s one family across the street from my aunt (the family, not just the kids) who has basically terrorized the block for about 30 years. It’s not a muslim thing either. They terrorize the nice Bangladeshi muslims the worst, because the Bangledeshis (on this block) are a very peaceful group…I still don’t know why, to this day, we took (and continue to take) their [Albanians’] side in anything.
Former Bay Ridger:
…seems like there’s a whole contingent of Muslim/Arab/Albanian pseudo-Jihadi angry teenagers now in that part of Bay Ridge, roughly between 4th and 8th avenues in the 60s - but beginning to stretch down to the higher streets.
So while Americans continue to split hairs over how many or how few Albanians are “like that,” and how gratuitously or not a handful of KLA members and/or harborers were killed in 1998-99, columnist Jack Cashill responded to that humanitarian American concern the month that the Ft. Dix plotters were arrested:
…[T]he State Department upped the [fictitious] total to 500,000 Kosovo Albanians missing and feared dead…As to the missing ethnic Albanians, a platoon of them showed up in South Jersey last week plotting to attack Fort Dix.
In 1999 I read that, like the Duka brothers who left their pizza business to kill Americans, three brothers from Long Island, named Bytyqi, left their own pizza and painting businesses to head off to Kosovo to join the KLA in killing Serbs (a call of duty that American Albanians would answer again in 2001, this time to stand up to Macedonians whom Albanians were terrorizing).
Later, I read that the three brothers were dead*. Which means we know for sure that there are three fewer Albanians who will eventually move on to plot against Americans. Something that, as we know from the Ft. Dix plot, can be done with the help of a pizza delivery route. (Here’s another Albanian who gave up pizza for Serb-killing in ‘99 as part of the “Atlantic Brigade” of Albanian-Americans.)
(* In case anyone is tempted to moral outrage on behalf of the three dead brothers, be advised that if three al-Qaeda operatives had snuck into the U.S. to murder American police officers or otherwise attack the United States, and a judge only gave them two weeks in jail for improper border passage, it’s not difficult to imagine a scenario in which members of the police force might take the law into their own hands (or stand aside while someone else did), especially if the guys were part of a group of known cop-killers like the KLA. The Bytyqi brothers, like others infiltrating Kosovo through Albania, snuck into a country to join a terrorist group and attack that country.)