Federal investigators last night arrested six Islamic radicals who were planning a heavily armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a statement released this morning that confirmed an earlier report on nj.com, The Star-Ledger's website, the U.S. Attorney's Office said the men planned to "kill as many soldiers as possible."
The alleged plot included conducting surveillance of the Army base and purchasing multiple firearms, including hand guns, shotguns and semi-automatic weapons, according to the federal complaint released this morning.
Several things: First, I'm glad--we're all glad--that none of our troops stationed at Ft. Dix were hurt.
Second, as No More Mister Nice Blog points out:
[A]pparently no warrantless wiretapping led to these arrests, no torture of suspects in overseas prisons, nothing liberals have objected to in the Patriot Act. Remember that when you're told that these arrests prove that we can't trust liberals and Democrats.
Finally, for how many Americans who read that story this morning was the first thought, "Hm. I wonder what that's supposed to distract us from?"
Damn the Bush administration for its phony "terror alert level" changes before elections or major speeches by Democrats. Damn them for their splashy, news-cycle stealing press conferences announcing the capture of someone who was actually apprehended months earlier. Damn them for making domestic security a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican re-election effort. Damn them for making us wonder, even for a moment, if this was, in fact, a patrol of Boy Scouts from Patterson NJ captured last summer while working on their camping and pioneering merit badges 50 miles away, announced only now to distract attention from multiple converging administration scandals.
Let's see where the news on this goes.