Jamaica residents learned the hard way last Thursday that terrorism isn’t just the practice of international organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
A hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked four rookie police officers as they posed for a picture on Jamaica Avenue in what NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said was an act of terror.
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A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
Re your editorial “James Brady and gun control” and your report “Cuomo running mate’s Main Street campaign” (Aug. 7, multiple editions):
I admire your tribute to James Brady’s role in getting a milestone gun control law passed 20 years ago. But you noted that our nation “has largely been going in the opposite direction over the last decade.” Small wonder, since the NRA is the primary force pushing this backward movement. Then why did Gov. Cuomo pick an NRA cheerleader as his running mate?
Cuomo crafted our country’s toughest gun control law — The SAFE Act — reviled by gun lobby lunatics. Kathy Hochul drew support from firearms fanatics when she ran for Congress to represent her upstate New York district. She received the NRA’s highest honor (or dishonor), an A
rating, which helped her win. How does this fierce opponent of gun control reconcile her views with those of her running mate? Has she “evolved” on this issue, like President Obama did with gay marriage? Will she quit the NRA or remain a member of an outfit that’s hell-bent on kicking Cuomo out of office? Not withdrawing her membership is a huge conflict of interest, like a CIA agent working for Al Qaeda.
Hochul also urged the arrest of all illegal immigrants applying for driver’s licenses during Gov. Spitzer’s reign. Has she changed her views on this issue? Cuomo has kept her under wraps so far, but she must face tough questions from reporters in the fall campaign. If journalists don’t hold her feet to the fire, we risk having a gun nut and bigot holding New York’s second most powerful post.
As Desi Arnaz often said, she has some “splainin” to do.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
An Elmhurst resident has been charged along with a Brooklyn man with conspiring to solicit aid in support of terrorist organizations — including the Taliban and Al-Qaeda — fighting American troops in Afghanistan.
The men consider U.S. soldiers to be “dogs” and “bastards who rape our sisters” and believe Muslims should “kill them and cut them into pieces,” according to a deposition filed in the case by the lead investigator, a detective with the NYPD’s Intelligence Unit.
In a world where terrorists attack the innocent in the name of either religion or a political cause, there is something perversely refreshing about the Somali pirates who have become infamous for taking over ships and kidnaping crew members. It's just business to them and a profitable one at that, according to the new film “Captain Phillips.”
On the other hand, while the marauders may not have anything personal against their victims, they can be as bloodthirsty as the most hateful member of al-Qaeda if they don’t get the ransom that they are demanding.
Obama had been calling for action, or as he put it, “a shot across the bow” in Syria because Assad apparently has used poison gas on civilians and this is a violation of international law.
Wasn’t burning down churches and murdering thousands of Christian Copts in Egypt by the same “rebels” we now support also a violation of international law? Why, as a Christian, did Obama have nothing to say about that? Nor did the media see fit to comment on what is the oldest Christian community in the world now being wiped out by the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. And when Iranian citizens rose up, Obama made no effort to help them.
Assad, like all dictators, is a monster, but this monster at least protected religious freedom. If our government is now supporting al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood fighting Assad, who exactly are our national security agencies protecting us from?
Why also did Obama seek the OK of Congress to interfere in Syria? He didn’t ask them for it when he ousted Qaddafi or Mubarak, and they were allies of the United States. There has in fact been nothing Obama has done in five years in office where he has sought the input of Congress.
The MO of this administration has been to bypass the Congress or ram through bills on Friday nights and holidays before anyone gets a chance to read them. That’s how Obamacare passed.
What happened to immigration reform? Anybody know? The running of guns by the Justice Department to Mexico in Fast and Furious? Anybody care? The IRS harassing political opponents? The NSA’s invasion of every citizens privacy? Is everyone aware that big businesses are exempt from Obamacare, as are the unions? All the Congress members who rammed Obamacare down everybody’s throats are also exempt.
Syria is no threat to the U.S. Syria is a diversion. It’s the red flag to the bull. It keeps the public’s minds off all the above mentioned catastrophes that will affect them and their children all their lives, while they nonsensically fritter away their time and energy, discussing and thinking about — where was that again? Oh, yes, Syria.
The attacks of Sept. 11 seem a lifetime ago. Our world is so busy and our lives so involved that what was just 12 years ago may seem of little importance. But to those who lost a loved one, every day has moments of sorrow that will never go away.
Thousands responded to Ground Zero in the aftermath of the attacks. At first the efforts were to save anyone buried beneath the rubble that the day before was the Twin Towers. Ultimately the effort became one to clean up the site and to find body parts of the nearly 3,000 Americans lost to the terrorists.
Of those who worked on the pile, many have died from the contaminants that proliferated at the site. Congress belatedly acted to offer financial aid to the volunteers, who were also victims of al-Qaeda.
Daily those who worked on the pile die, leaving behind families who are forced to pay the price of the attacks. Many have children who face an uncertain future. Don’t we owe an obligation to the first responders who saved thousands sacrificing their lives? And shouldn’t we also be recognizing those who worked on the pile and have died doing the cleanup that we demanded as citizens?
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst on Sept. 7 will host the second Remember Me Run to raise funds for the children of those who died as a consequence of working on the “pile” to attend higher education. Following the run, a memorial service honoring the first responders will be held led by religious and community leaders. By respecting those who paid the ultimate price we honor their devotion and fulfill our duty as grateful citizens.
The writer is Communications Director for St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Failed terrorist living in Jamaica gets 30 years for bomb plot
Let’s assume that it’s a given that Alex Rodriguez purchased and used illegal performance enhancement drugs from sleazy Anthony Bosch and his disgraced Miami-based company, Biogenesis.
The way the New York tabloid media, particularly Daily News national baseball writer Bill “Hang ’Em High” Madden, covered the story, not only was A-Rod guilty but he should be treated like an al-Qaeda operative or North Korean spy.
Young Forest Hills artist and scholar Alexander Inagamov has done it again, winning another art contest — this one sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.
Alexander, 10, known as Sasha, entered the above work, “Mount Peacemore” in the ADL’s “Imagine a World Without Hate” contest. Sasha envisioned a takeoff on Mount Rushmore featuring various famous martyrs to the causes of peace and equality, all but one of whom were killed either for their beliefs or simply because of who they were.
What does the First Amendment mean to you?
Not since 1971 have we seen the government so blatantly attack the freedom of the press. Working for local news organizations most of my life, I have a strong affiliation to the principles that should guide the news. I also hold in equal regard the freedoms that must be upheld for our democracy to flourish.
Who did it? That’s the question on most minds as the investigation into the terrorist slaughter of three people and the maiming of nearly 200 in Boston on Monday continues.
On Wednesday afternoon we had to suffer through one of the worst failings of the media: false reporting. There has been an arrest, respected outlets such as CNN said. No there hasn’t, law enforcement authorities quickly responded.
The NRA really shot itself in the foot last Friday. CEO Wayne LaPierre’s proposal to turn our schools into free-fire zones qualifies him as certifiably insane. If he wants a national database for the mentally ill, his name should be the first one in it.
NRA stands for either Not Really Awake or Not Reality-Anchored. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. It was written when the only gun was a single-shot musket that had to be reloaded each time it was fired.
Gun violence kills 34 people every day. The NRA makes Hitler look like an under-achiever and is more dangerous than Al Qaeda. NRA RIP ASAP.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
Bosnian born Queens terrorist Adis Medunjanin, 34, was sentenced to life in prison for multiple terrorism offenses, after the Flushing resident joined al Qaeda and then plotted and attempted suicide attacks.
Medunjanin and accomplices were days away from executing suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The plot was foiled, leading Medunjanin to crash his car on the Whitestone Expressway in a last-ditch suicide attack attempt.
Residents in the quiet Jamaica neighborhood where alleged terrorist Quazi Nafis lived were unwilling to talk about the foiled bank bomb plot when questioned by the Chronicle late Friday morning.
“I don’t know this guy,” said a man who lived next door, where an American flag is prominently displayed. “I don’t know anything. I don’t have time to comment on this.”
The FBI has arrested 21-year-old Jamaica resident Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis for his alleged role in a foiled plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Manhattan.
Nafis, who is being charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, was arrested on Wednesday in the culmination of an investigation by the FBI. He allegedly arrived in the U.S. from Bangladesh in January 2012 with the intent of forming an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell in New York. However, one of the men he tried to recruit was an FBI informant. Thus, NYPD, FBI and New York Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators were able to closely monitor Nafis’s movements in the U.S.
The 11th anniversary of the attacks occurs during the Presidential election of 2012. After years of bloodletting America remains in the cross hairs of terrorists with our troops fighting and dying in Afghanistan.
The persistence and dedication of our enemies is remarkable considering their losses. Their leadership has been decimated and their foot soldiers are killed or wounded daily. Their zealotry is that of a fanatic believing their cause is true based upon religious beliefs with their reward being paradise.
In the United States, acrimony and outright hatred between the parties dominate politics, the election process and Congress. The Administration is stymied by a Republican call to arms ensuring that “Obama is a one-term president.”
Democrats who held power failed to accomplish their goals during the first two years of the Obama Presidency. Their petty bickering demoralized the nation which empowered the Tea Party. The Tea Party extremes and the devastation of the economic collapse created the Occupy Wall Street movement.
One must concede that al-Qaeda and their affiliates are patriotic to their cause. As repulsive as their beliefs are they adamantly will continue fighting for years to come. Death and inability to succeed seem to mean nothing to those who believe God is on their side.
Our election process should have evolved to a discussion of what is best for the nation. Rather it is marked outwardly by rhetoric that comes down to questioning one’s patriotism and love of country. Until there is consensus that regardless of party affiliation opponents accept each other as firmly committed to the welfare of the Republic, the divisions that are ripping us apart will unfortunately continue.
Police stood guard in front of the Sikh Cultural Center on 97th Avenue in Richmond Hill Monday morning out of what they called "an abundance of caution," the day after a gunman open fire and killed six people at a gurdwara — a Sikh place of worship — outside Milwaukee, Wis.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) sees her run for Congress as a natural extension of her work on the City Council.
“You can accomplish the same things on a larger scale,” she said in a recent interview with the Chronicle’s editorial board. “You deal with education, Social Security, jobs, infrastructure.”
Adis Medunjanin, 34, who joined al Qaeda and plotted to commit a suicide terrorist attack, was found guilty of multiple federal terrorism offenses after a four-week trial, the government announced Tuesday.
The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, the prosecution said. When the plot was foiled, the defendant attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
BROOKLYN, NY—Earlier today, following a four-week trial, Adis Medunjanin, age 34, a Queens resident who joined al Qaeda and plotted to commit a suicide terrorist attack, was found guilty of multiple federal terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. When the plot was foiled, the defendant attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
Ibrahim and his co-conspirators had planned to explode fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline underneath the airport, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
U.S. District Court Judge Dora Irizarry, who sentenced Ibrahim, hailed the outcome as an example of how American courts and security work.