Man Pleads Guilty in NYC Pipe Bomb Terrorism Plot

Jennifer Peltz, ABC News, February 19, 2014

A man accused of building homemade bombs to wage holy war in New York City pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-level terrorism case.

Jose Pimentel, wearing a knitted skull cap, softly answered questions and shook his head at times as he acknowledged he’d tried to craft a pipe bomb in 2011, with the idea of using it to make a violent impact on U.S. foreign policy.

He sought, according to a statement a judge read on his behalf, to “try to undermine public support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Pimentel pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism. {snip}


“Today’s guilty plea further supports the fact that, increasingly, the threat of terrorism comes from radicalized local actors living in our community,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at a news conference.

But Pimentel’s lawyers have suggested he would never have progressed from posting online to trying to make pipe bombs if police hadn’t sent a series of informants to engage with him.


Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yusuf, is a Dominican immigrant who was raised in the U.S. and converted to Islam around 2004.

He maintained a website with articles praising Osama bin Laden, describing Sept. 11 victims as legitimate targets and listing reasons to “nuke the USA,” prosecutors said in court papers. He repeatedly clashed with his former wife because of his militant beliefs about Islam, and his mother had thrown him out of her apartment over his views, prosecutors said.

His vitriol deepened in 2011, when he was recorded talking about assassinating a judge, killing returning soldiers and bombing a police station or the George Washington Bridge, officials said; he also talked about targeting Jews, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hickey said. He was arrested that November as he assembled bombs from clocks, Christmas tree lights, match-head scrapings and other items acquired at dollar shops and hardware stores, prosecutors said.

One informant and an undercover officer had gotten nowhere with Pimentel, Walsh and fellow Pimentel lawyer Lori Cohen said. But then police sent another informant, a fellow Hispanic Muslim convert who smoked joints with Pimentel while they talked about jihad, accompanied him to buy bomb makings and opened his apartment to Pimentel to put the materials together.


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  • If he didn’t like it here, he could have simply gone home… naaah, too damned complicated for a Diversitard. Now he gets to do his prison time and then go home.

  • bubo

    There needs to be, and perhaps there already is, some sort of NSA program that can identify individuals who have recently converted to Islam so that they can be watched.

    • They’re probably more concerned about Christians, home-schoolers, Tea-Partiers and NRA members.

      • Some Guy

        And returning vets.

    • Tarczan

      Oh yeah Obammy’s watching them, and when he finds them they get food stamps, section 8 and college scholarships.

      • You forgot officer’s commissions in our armed forces.

        • Tarczan

          They are now allowed to dress in Muslim outfits.

  • bigone4u

    Ahh, the smell of gunpowder, the sound of explosions, the screams of victims, and blood everywhere. What music to a muzzies’ ears. What a delight to a muzzies’ eyes. Islam is the most evil influence in the world today. Let’s hope our Mexican amigos don’t go that route.

  • MekongDelta69

    Jose Pimentel, aka Muhammed Yusuf bin Laden is no Dominican ‘immigrant.’ He’s just another insane ‘diversity’ illegal alien America has welcomed to its shores, instead of Whites, since 1965.

    • benvad

      Send him and his clan back to Puerto Plata.

  • DaveMed

    Islam has no place in Western countries. Period. The amount of distortion required to reconcile the two is obscene.

    We need a reincarnation of Jan Sobeski. (I think Geert Wilders is doing a pretty good job.)

    • bubo

      It makes perfect sense when you realize that the leftists seek to destroy the west. The followers of Mohammed are simply a battering ram they can use, along with massive non-white immigration to achieve their end goal.

      • NoMosqueHere

        The left and lslam are allied to destroy the west. This alliance is as bizarre as it is dangerous.

      • With that in mind, it is ironic that a Muslim takeover of the developed West would permanently end the left’s influence in society. Muslims aren’t really interested in respecting anyone’s rights, but especially not gay rights, women’s rights, animal rights, etc.

  • The legal case is questionable to me, because at least the way it reads, it seems too much like the bad kind of provocation and entrapment.

    However, the solution is simple: Don’t let Dominicans into the country.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I wish my Dominican neighbor would be deported. But, he would get a pass, considering that he now claims Judaism.

  • Extropico

    Religion is often a pretext for racial disaffection.

    • NoMosqueHere

      It’s no accident that blacks are attracted to Islam, particularly its violence and liturgical insanity.

  • Spartacus

    Is this what they call “Intersectionality of diverse opression” ?

  • JohnEngelman

    The Gospel According to Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    There shouldn’t be any Muslims in the United States or any other western country for that matter. Islam appeals to those with low IQs and high impulsiveness by offering a simple, easy-to-understand message: follow the example of the raping, murdering pedophile prophet Mohammed and you too can get anything you want through violence.

    Muslims are primitive savages who cannot be assimilated for both racial and cultural reasons. Save a white life today and send them back to wherever they came from.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Wonders never cease, didn’t they just learn that water was wet? It is no surprise at all he was caught building bombs given who and what he is.

  • NotAnEskimo

    His parents came here because maybe his dad was a brilliant electrical engineer and his mother was an expert oncologist, and they also wanted to make investments here and create jobs, so after careful consideration, we gave them immigrant status.