Officials foil apparent bomb plot at Federal Reserve in NYC
FBI says one arrest has been made
- Duration 5:52
- Date Oct 17, 2012
FBI says one arrest has been made
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There is breaking news now in New York City and we've just learned that federal authorities have now arrested a man they say was plotting to attack the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan.
Just blocks from the World Trade Center site not plotting to attack it but tried to blow it up this morning.
-- that's the word from authorities here's what we know the suspect apparently raised some red flags after he posted -- -- on the online some stuff about Jihad or holy war.
Here's how we think -- this went down this Middle Eastern guy start saying stuff.
An informant or an FBI guy gets in touch with them.
The FBI agent didn't met him and the guy believe that the FBI's it was not an FBI agent and an accomplice.
Got him all this stuff together.
The suspect in the FBI agent planned a fake attack for months.
And this morning it went down let's get the details about went down Rick -- balls in the newsroom rate.
She ever the suspect is a Bangladeshi national who according to the FBI travel to the US in January for the sole purpose of carrying out a terrorist attack.
Allegedly -- to destroy America in his own words and what he did was go online to try and recruit others to form a terror cell.
And one of the people that he recruited was an undercover FBI agent who this suspect.
Apparently thought was in fact someone who also wanted to commit a terrorist act and this undercover FBI agents supplied this Bangladeshi national.
They put that 1000 pounds of material in a van.
And drove together to lower Manhattan and parked outside the New York federal reserve bank -- liberty street where this suspect.
Allegedly believed that he was about to blow up a 1000 pound bomb.
He had a detonator he had worked for months to assemble this this fake bomb that he up allegedly thought was real.
He went to a hotel nearby.
Win this FBI informant and the two of them -- together when this suspect allegedly tried to detonate the bomb with a cell -- And recorded a video.
Which the FBI who apparently has a stating his reasons for trying to carry out this terror attacks of this attack I never would have happened because the bomb itself.
Was fate thanks to both the and the participation of this.
FBI agent who was acting -- -- -- -- Rick Leventhal stay with this we've just -- a statement from prosecutors Jonathan Hunt has that.
I -- this is from FBI acting assistant director -- Gallagher and she says quote attempting to destroy a landmark building.
And kill all may not untold numbers of innocent bystanders.
Is about as serious as the imagination can conjure.
The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences.
It is important emphasized that the public was never at risk in this case.
Because two of the -- two of the defendants encompasses.
What actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent she concludes the FBI continues to place the highest priority.
On preventing -- Terrorist Jonathan thanks so here's what we know this morning after months and months of planning according to authorities.
The guys -- Middle Eastern man and came over here with -- as Rick reported this sole intention of of destroying America.
Took a van full of something that he thought was something else to get downtown next the Federal Reserve Bank had a cell phone through which -- was gonna trigger it.
Dial the number waited for it to go boom -- instead of it going boom the authorities came and arrested him.
Sounds like a major major thing doesn't it.
Fox News senior judicial analyst is here judge Andrew Napolitano.
This sounds familiar yes it does sound very familiar this this a process that the FBI goes through of finding people who.
Have expressed a hatred for the United States -- of American institutions and a willingness to attack them.
That then the FBI.
-- engages them via one of its own agents typically pretending to be confederate and walks them through other crime.
-- the crime of course is something that would have been impossible to have accomplished because there was never any bomb material there.
So there's there's I would suggest -- to ways to look at it one is.
This is a guy was very evil intention.
Who on his own travel from Pakistan to come to the United States expressed -- hatred and antipathy.
To our institutions.
And a willingness to destroy them.
And if the FBI had not engaged him in this he would have been free to engage on his own and some act of terror what -- people.
The other way to look at it is this is the eighteenth person since 9/11 that the FBI has found.
And persuaded to go along with a plot that it created.
And that never in danger to anybody.
How to they find people.
The American public has to make a determination do they want FBI agents looking for crazies and weak people among us.
And leading them to believe they're going to commit a crime because these people end up going to jail for the rest of their lives.
This will be into probably probably be convicted.
Is the FBI probably taped everything he did audio and video of this of the eighteenth such person.
That the FBI has taken off the streets using this method.
Is -- a good thing.
Of course -- pushing the limits of what the law enforcement should be -- And that is the question this morning the feds are said to have watched.
As a man dialed the phone which was to be the detonator ended his mind at least at that moment.
When he finished dialing the phone and it rang on his end.
America would be for ever changed.
Think of it if the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan had blown up this morning.
Where would our economy be at this moment.
Of course it was never going to happen.
Did the FBI.
Boarded the FBI helped to -- this.