Lone Wolf Terrorism Plot

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CHICAGO - A Muslim convert who talked about his desire to wage jihad against civilians was charged Friday in a plot to set off hand grenades at a shopping mall at the height of the Christmas rush, authorities said.
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Investigators said Derrick Shareef, 22, an American citizen from Rockford, was acting alone and never actually obtained any grenades. He was arrested Wednesday when he met with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four hand grenades and a gun, authorities said.

"He fixed on a day of December 22nd on Friday ... because it was the Friday before Christmas and thought that would be the highest concentration of shoppers that he could kill and injure," said Robert Grant, the agent in charge of the Chicago
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Authorities said Shareef had been under investigation since September, when he told an acquaintance that "he wanted to commit acts of violent jihad against targets in the United States as well as commit other crimes."

The acquaintance immediately informed the FBI, officials said.

Federal officials said Shareef planned to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale shopping mall in Rockford, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

Other potential targets that Shareef allegedly discussed included government facilities such as courthouses and city hall, authorities said.

An affidavit quoted him as saying: "I just want to smoke a judge."

Shareef was born in the United States and converted to Islam, officials said. They believe he might have learned about jihad through videos and Web sites.

"While these are very serious charges, at no time was the public in any imminent peril," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement.

A spiritual leader of Rockford-area Muslims commended authorities for intercepting the alleged plot and reiterated "the Muslim community's condemnation of terrorism in the name of Islam," said Shpendim Nadzaku, imam of the Muslim Association of Greater Rockford.

Asked if he had ever met Shareef, Nadzaku said: "No one in the community has any clue as to who this person is — he's completely anonymous."

The door of a Rockford town home that is the last known address for Shareef went unanswered Friday although a female inside was seen turning off a light as a reporter stood outside.

Shareef appeared briefly before a judge Friday and was ordered held without bond. He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Defense attorney Michael B. Mann declined to comment on the charges.

Shareef and his acquaintance cased the mall on Nov. 30, discussing the layout and spots where they might set off several grenades simultaneously to create more pandemonium, according to an FBI affidavit.

A spokeswoman for the mall said officials were cooperating with the investigation but referred all other questions to the U.S. attorney's office.

Mall customers expressed a mixture of anger and indifference Friday evening.

"I don't think anything is going to stop people from coming to this mall now. It's Christmas," said 27-year-old shopper Jaclyn Gonzalez of Rockford. "You're not going to keep from doing what you have to do just because someone is making ignorant comments."
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Seeing as how this lunatic had no ties to extremist groups, is this proof that organized terrorist sleeper-cells aren't the only threats imposed by the Koran?
 

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Seeing as how this lunatic had no ties to extremist groups, is this proof that organized terrorist sleeper-cells aren't the only threats imposed by the Koran?
Kinda. Lone wold incidents present themselves and can't really be said whether or not they are common or not because of they are lone wolf.

And I for one am skeptical if there are any terrorist cells withing the US that have ties to Al-Qaida. The closes thing was the Imam case, but even then that was fishy.
 
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And I for one am skeptical if there are any terrorist cells withing the US that have ties to Al-Qaida. The closes thing was the Imam case, but even then that was fishy.
Or the ones who flew planes into the WTC towers, but whatever.
 

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No, I'm not sure right now would be a great opportunity to operate in the US. Let alone the FBI has yet to uncover any cells. Not saying their arent any but I am skeptical if there are any at the moment.
 
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Kinda. Lone wold incidents present themselves and can't really be said whether or not they are common or not because of they are lone wolf.

And I for one am skeptical if there are any terrorist cells withing the US that have ties to Al-Qaida. The closes thing was the Imam case, but even then that was fishy.
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This doesn't warranty being called a terror plot, nor is this major news. He was only trying to get weapons, so we were pretty safe from this nutball.

It's unfortunate, but until things settle down on the homefront Muslims are going to be viewed with suspicion. Hopefully we will be able to keep the TV nujobs like Cavuto and Beck from putting them in concentration camps in the meantime.

Wait so this guy did it because he was Muslim?!?
That was his claim. His friends turned him in, does anyone know if they were Muslims too?

Cases like these seem to be more of a "I'm a nutjob, and the whole Jihad thing looks cool on TV" scenario.

We keep hearing he is a "muslim convert" whatever that means.

So you think they are satisfied now and have just given up?
I'd hope that our intelligence services kept a better eye on known terrorists these days.
 

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I'm sorry but did you even read the article ...

He was caught in a sting opperation ...

So no. No 'Muslim' friends gave him in.
 

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I'm sorry but did you even read the article ...

He was caught in a sting opperation ...

So no. No 'Muslim' friends gave him in.
I'm sorry, but that is what happened according to Fox News, at least as of last night.

Apparently this friend was part of an operation (known ahead of time? ) but that is NOT what Fox News said last night. They made no mention about this friend being an informant.

Serves me right for watching Fox I suppose, not too good with their accuracy.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,235518,00.html#
Federal officials said that in September, Shareef became acquainted with a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and confided to him that he wanted to commit acts of "violent jihad," as well as other crimes, to obtain funds to further his goals.

From then on, Shareef's activities and movements were under constant surveillance and "there was no imminent risk to the public," Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI, said in a statement.

"By using an undercover agent, confidential sources and physical surveillance, the JTTF was in position to continuously monitor Shareef's activities and was prepared to intervene before he could act," he added.

The CherryVale Mall was among several potential targets that Shareef allegedly discussed during the course of the investigation, authorities said, while the others were primarily local government facilities.

According to an FBI affidavit supporting the complaint, Shareef became acquainted in September with someone in Rockford, in whom he confided about his jihad dreams. That confidant, referred to as "the CS" in the affidavit, was a FBI witness. The CS told Shareef that he would introduce him to a friend who was able to obtain weapons. That "friend" was actually an undercover government agent.
 

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So you think they are satisfied now and have just given up?
Haha nice!

I think I agree with Spike a little here. I don't think there is any high-level activity going on INSIDE the US simply because we are being hyper-vigilant towards terrorist plots the size of what happend on 911.

However, I also agree with you. They are hell bent on killing us to the last man, there's no reason for us to let our guard down. I'm sure if the opportunity arised, they would release a giant fart-bomb in the middle of NYC.

I bet we see a string of little pussy terrorist plots and nothing to materialize.
 

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Look I do not advocate letting our guard down. That's a no brainer, but at the moment, either they are here with extreme secrecy or they are not here at the moment.
 
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Look I do not advocate letting our guard down. That's a no brainer, but at the moment, either they are here with extreme secrecy or they are not here at the moment.

I think that would be the point. I doubt they like to announce their presence and intentions.
 

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I bet we see a string of little pussy terrorist plots and nothing to materialize.
I hope so, and I believe that might be the case. However we aren't doing the bangup job in preventing terror that some think. The 9/11 comission people gave us a D grade in protecting ourselves.
 

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Are you aware of some recent attack we didn't prevent? Maybe I missed it.
Are you aware of some recent attack that we DID prevent? Maybe I missed it.

Well, let's see. I'm basing my concern that our government isn't doing it's best to keep us safe on the report released this past year by the members of the 9/11 commission. (I could link it if you wish, assuming you want to read it)

You are basing your faith that we are doing great on what exactly?