a man who was hailed as the image of moderate islam is under arrest today for helping those he thought terrorists plot a terrible attack on civilian defence workers and as many others as possible
when the initial debate about the 9/11 mosque rose this man was a spokes person for moderate muslims who said the mosque was not intended to be a islamic victory site but one that showed how compassionate Islam really is
i guess he is now showing us the real compassion of Islam by wanting to kill as many innocents as possible...
FBI nabs former Staten Island man charged in plot to bomb Washington D.C. subway system
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A former Staten Island man was busted in Washington Wednesday for helping what he thought were al-Qaeda terrorists plot a huge attack on the capital's subways.
They were really FBI men stringing him along, the feds say.
Farooque Ahmed, 34, a computer engineer who lives in suburban Virginia, was accused of making sketches and surveillance videos of the subway stops by the Pentagon, the tourist-packed Arlington Cemetery, and a popular nearby mall.
U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said Ahmed's goal was "killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks."
"It's chilling," he said.
Ahmed thought he was providing information to help plan an attack that would take place in 2011, according to the complaint.
The White House stressed that straphangers were never in any danger.
Much like the upstate New York men convicted of plotting to blow up a Bronx synagogue, Ahmed was stung by an undercover FBI operation and never met any real terrorists.
He appeared briefly Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. and will be held until a detention hearing Friday.
Ahmed, a Pakistani who became a naturalized citizen in New York 17 years ago, worked for the Ericsson telecommunications firm in Virginia setting up routers for the Sprint network, according to his online LinkedIn profile.
Ahmed received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the College of Staten Island in 2003. He studied mechanical engineering for a master's, but did not receive the degree, CCNY officials said.
Ahmed's online profile blamed that on "a political issue between computer science and (Engineering) departments."
The profile also says he received a bachelor's degree in computer science at the College of Staten Island - but the college says they have no record of anyone by that name graduating or even attending the school.
Records indicate Ahmed grew up in Staten Island and registered as a Republican in the borough in 2002. He moved south a few years later and started racking up motor vehicle violations in Virginia in 2005, records show.
Neighbors in Ashburn, Va., said he had a wife and baby son.
The Washington Post reported his wife, Sahar, helped organize a Meetup.com group for mothers of new babies called Hip Muslim Moms.
Ahmed is also accused of pledging to fund Al Qaeda terror attacks, offering to travel overseas if needed and making helpful suggestions about where to plant bombs on trains to kill as many commuters as possible.
He also suggested the terrorists pack their bombs in rolling suitcases rather than in backpacks, and came up with the idea to add the Crystal City stop to the list of targets, the indictment says.
Crystal City is a mall near the Pentagon often packed with shoppers and the area is home to many Defense workers.
Starting in April, he met repeatedly with men he thought were radical militants in hotel rooms, where he turned over video footage, notes on crowd sizes at different times, and sketches of subway stations, according to the complaint.
Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. would be the best time to set off simultaneous blasts, he told the men he thought were terrorists.
"Ahmed wanted to kill as many military personnel as possible," the complaint alleges.