by Damozel | Their arrest began with them planting bombs -- fake bombs, thanks to the "assistance" of an FBI informant -- in cars outside the Temple and Jewish Center.(NYT) Fortunately, the FBI have been aware of the plot since June 2008, thanks to a federal informant.
Law enforcement officials identified the four men arrested as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh. Some of the men were of Arabic descent, and one is of Haitian descent, according to law enforcement officials. At least three were United States citizens, according to officials. They are all Muslim, a law enforcement official said.
Mr. Cromitie, who is of Afghan descent, had told the informant that he was upset about the war in Afghanistan and that that he wanted to “do something to America.” Mr. Cromitie stated “the best target” — the World Trade Center — “was hit already,” according to the complaint.