Published On: Mon, Feb 11th, 2013

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis pleads guilty in Federal bank terrorist plot of 2012

A Bangladeshi man who tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York remotely only to find that the bomb was fake and his plot had been under the constant surveillance of federal agents pleaded guilty last week to the terrorism charges.

Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis twitter photo

Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis twitter photo

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, age 21, was in the US on a student VISA and 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.

A source tipped of the authorities who planted an undercover agent to make contact with the man and gave him the materials for a fake bomb and other support, leading him all the way to the moment of detonation before arresting him in October.

In response to criticism of the law enforcement approach and the claim that men like Nafis could not pull off an attack without the government’s help, Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, emphasized that Nafis had entered the United States with plans to carry out the attack and that the sting operation was the best way to stop him.

“He came with information about how to make bombs,” Ms. Lynch said in a news conference outside the Federal District Court in Brooklyn. “At every opportunity this defendant showed his determination and commitment to this plan.”

Nafis pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He will be sentenced on May 30 and faces a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. The guilty plea came just four months after he parked a van with the fake bomb outside of the bank, in Lower Manhattan, hoping to destroy the immense building in a fiery explosion and strike a blow to the American economy.

During the hearing, he flinched when Judge Carol B. Amon read the words “weapons of mass destruction.”

“I had intended to commit a violent jihadist attack,” Mr. Nafis said, speaking slowly and softly. “I no longer support violent jihad. I deeply and sincerely regret my involvement in this case.”

“I just want something big. Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country,” he said in one of the conversations recorded by the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes F.B.I. agents and members of the Police Department.

Nafis decided to target the financial district. He scouted the Federal Reserve building in August, taking pictures of it while federal agents were taking pictures of him.

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  1. Murray Rothbard says:

    Nice to see that our homeland security is actually succeeding in protecting innocent lives from time to time. That said, abolish the Federal Reserve System the right way – repeal the 1913 Bank Acts. (Read this for starters – The Case Against the Fed by Murray Rothbard.)

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