NYPD Gets in on the Aspirational Terror Franchise

Posted on May 12, 2011


The FBI has a good deal of success tempting common criminals and the mentally ill into signing on to “terror” acts, in which financial remuneration is also promised. I’ve written about this “aspirational” terror division of law enforcement before, now it seems like the NYPD is also getting into the act, as the New York Times reports:

Two men who the authorities said intended to carry out a terrorist attack against a synagogue in New York City were arrested late Wednesday, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter.

The two suspects had purchased a hand grenade and two guns, and were arrested after what one law enforcement official described as a sting operation. A person briefed on the matter said their aims appeared “aspirational, and that the men had discussed attacking a synagogue


He said that his son, 26, lived in the family’s basement apartment, and had quit his job in selling cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue a couple of years ago, and was pursuing opportunities as a fashion model.

Mr. Ferhani pointed to the basement door, which showed dents left from the previous night, when law enforcement agents entered the apartment and confiscated some personal items, including a computer.

Told of the allegations against his son, Mr. Ferhani, a cabdriver, laughed in disbelief. “Oh my God, that’s unbelievable,” he said. “Bomb a synagogue? That’s not my son.”

Mr. Ferhani said his son was friends with people of all different backgrounds, including those who were Jewish. Ahmed’s girlfriend is Christian, Mr. Ferhani said. “All people are equal,” he added. “We don’t make a distinction.”

He said his son was raised as a Muslim, in Algeria, before the family fled in 1994 at the height of that country’s civil war.

“But he’s not a religious fanatic,” Mr. Ferhani said. “He doesn’t pray, he drinks.”

“I’m sure he got pushed by those kids,” he added.