Breaking: Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve in Manhattan Foiled

October 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm (Al Qaeda, Bangladesh, Bomb Plot, Federal Reserve, Manhattan, President Obama, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, Terrorism, World Trade Center)

A federal terrorism sting has led to the arrest of a Bangladeshi national for a bomb threat targeting the National Reserve in Lower Manhattan.

From ABC-7:

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis , 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan’s financial district.

The suspect was arraigned in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn and remanded without bail.

Agents set up a sting and he was caught and taken into custody according to officials.

Nafis attempted to detonate a van that he thought was laced with the explosives, from a hotel across the street from the World Trade Center site.  Nafis also claimed to have overseas connections to Al-Qaeda and had recorded a martyrdom video.

Via CBS:

“This individual came here for the purpose of doing a terrorist act,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters. “He was motivated by Al Qaeda, so we see this threat as being with us for a long time.”

No word on whether or not the administration will argue Kelly’s claims of a motivation by saying the suspect was angry about an anti-Islam video.

Fortunately, when the President does get around to calling this a terrorist plot two weeks from now, Candy Crowley will be there to hold his hand.

In related news, the President is dropping the phrase ‘Al Qaeda is on the run’ from his campaign speeches.

Via Fox News:

President Obama may be recalibrating his campaign rhetoric on Al Qaeda, in the aftermath of the Libya terror attack.

Before that attack and as recently as a week ago, Obama had taken to saying Al Qaeda is on the road to defeat. During a Miami stop on Oct. 11, he said: “And today, Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

But at the debate Tuesday and on the campaign trail Wednesday, the Al Qaeda reference appeared to have been walked back. 

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Iowa Voters Take Out Full Page Newspaper Ad Apologizing for Voting Obama in 2008

October 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm (2008 Election, 2012 Election, Apology, Barack Obama, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mitt Romney, Sorry)

Heh.

Don’t worry Iowa voters, many, many people should be making the same apology in newspapers throughout the country.  Here’s hoping they apologize at the voting booth in November.

Des Moines Register (h/t Weasel Zippers):

A full-page Mitt Romney campaign ad in today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette takes the form of an open letter from 13 Iowans who say they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but regret their choice and won’t do so again in 2012.

The letter is phrased as an apology, and lays out a case for why Romney, the Republican nominee is a better choice this time around.

“Mitt Romney will deliver the real recovery that President Obama has failed to bring, he’ll get Americans working again, and he’ll turn our economy around,” the letter says.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Cedar Rapids Gazette Ad

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Candy Crowley Proven Wrong on Topic of President Calling Benghazi Terrorism By … Candy Crowley

October 17, 2012 at 11:34 am (2012 Election, Benghazi, Candy Crowley, CNN Moderator, David Axelrod, Fact Check, Hofstra Debate, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Terrorism)

The worst moment of last night’s debate involved moderator Candy Crowley interjecting her own fact-checking into an argument in which she was ultimately proven wrong.  She back-tracked post-debate.  But what’s worse is that several weeks ago, Crowley was arguing with the Obama administration about the same topic, by using the same exact argument that she fact-checked Romney on last night.

Why then, did she argue against her own knowledge and facts?

Clearly to throw the President a lifeline.

Here’s the exchange via the Washington Times:

The most shocking exchange took place on the Benghazi attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others dead.

Mr. Romney: “You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying.”

Mr. Obama made no defense. “Please proceed, governor.”

“I want to make sure,” Mr. Romney said. “Get the transcript,” the president said. Then Ms. Crowley jumped in to do her own fact-check, on the spot. “It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. … He did call it an act of terror.”

The truth is, he didn’t. The day after the attack, he said only this: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” It took another two weeks before the White House would label the attack an act of terror.

After the debate, Ms. Crowley walked back her inappropriate comments.

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

After the debate, debate moderator Candy Crowley said Republican nominee Mitt Romney was “right in the main” but “picked the wrong word” on the Obama administration’s immediate response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

What a weak defense for blatant bias.

What’s even more interesting is that Crowley sounded exactly like Romney a couple of weeks ago in debating the issue with Obama adviser David Axelrod.

Via Breitbart (h/t Weasel Zippers):

On CNN’s “State of the Union” on September 30, Candy Crowley insisted David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, was wrong when Axelrod tried to claim President Barack Obama called the Benghazi attack “an act of terror” on the day after.

“First, they said it was not planned, it was part of this tape,” Crowley said when Axelrod tried to spin her.

This was Crowley the journalist, unlike the pro-Obama advocate who moderated Tuesday’s debate between Obama and Mitt Romney and interjected herself into an argument between Obama and Romney on the exact same issue — and took Obama’s side.

During the debate, Crowley affirmed Obama’s assertion that he referred to the Benghazi attacks as acts of terror on the day after.

After Romney correctly said it took Obama 14 days before Obama said the the Benghazi attacks were acts of terror, Crowley took Obama’s side — to an ovation from the town hall audience —  and she proclaimed Obama had indeed claimed the Benghazi attacks were acts of terror the day after the attacks in the White House Rose Garden.

On September 12, the day after the attacks, Obama did say the words “acts of terror” but he was not referring to the attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Here’s the video…

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