FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

NYPD: 'Lone Wolf' Bomber Plotted Attacks on Police

November 21, 2011  | 

Photo: NYPD.
Photo: NYPD.

New York Police officers have arrested an Al Qaeda sympathizer who planned to bomb NYPD squad cars, a New Jersey police station, and several post offices.

Jose Pimentel, a 27-year-old Manhattan man, had been planning the attack since August, and had purchased bomb-making materials including a clock, elbow piping, and Christmas lights, reports the New York Times.

Pimentel, a convert to Islam who was also known as Muhammad Yusuf, had been under surveillance by the NYPD's intelligence unit for more than two years and had come close to completing three bombs when he was arrested Saturday.

Pimentel, an unemployed U.S. citizen, lived in Washington Heights. He had previously lived in Schenectady where "he made even some like-minded friends nervous by his extremism," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a press conference.

"He talked about changing his name to Osama Hussein to celebrate his heroes Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein," Kelly added.

Pimentel is believed to be a lone wolf, rather than a member of a group planning the bombing. Pimentel apparently was fascinated with Anwar al-Alwaki, the U.S.-born Islamist militant who was killed in a drone strike in September in Yemen.

He had discussed bombing NYPD patrol cars and a Bayonne (N.J.) Police Department station. Bayonne has been identified as a prime terrorist target because of its vast chemical storage facilities, reports the Hudson Reporter.

Apparently, the FBI declined to pursue a case against Pimentel, because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling off the plot, the Associated Press is reporting.

By Paul Clinton


Comments (3)

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

Dan J. @ 11/22/2011 8:10 AM

What an a$$. In another 30 years, he'll probably be a Chicago college professor....

Tom Ret @ 11/22/2011 10:01 AM

Now everyone knows why NYPD has their own anti terrorism unit and doesn't rely on the feds.

TimFromLA @ 11/22/2011 10:08 AM

Yes we do Tom Ret. Because it's to cover the butts of the mayor and also the pogues in the P.D. when they order the troops to go after Occupiers. Gee, the brass did a GREAT job protecting New Yorkers...Bull-feces!

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Fallen Phoenix Officer Remembered as "Larger than Life"
A Phoenix police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty was remembered...
Video: Civilians Help Texas Officer Arrest Aggressive Suspect
An Arlington, TX, police officer is feeling grateful for his training and for some alert...
Video: Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Suburban Chicago Shootout
A police officer was wounded and a suspected shoplifter was killed in a shooting outside a...
Search for Kidnapped California Teen Intensifies After Suspect Killed in Shootout with Deputies
The man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping a 15-year-old Bay Area girl was killed Thursday...
Officials Say Officer Shortage May be Causing Spike in Las Vegas Crime
The local sheriff, police union officials and district attorney have various theories...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine