Monday, December 22, 2008

NJ Fort Dix 'Terrorists': Five Convicted

Hearing the news from CNN that a jury convicted five of the six men who plotted to kill soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey in 2007 caused me to do something I've intended to do for a while: organize my old New Jersey posts from my dead Jersey blogs or blogs that were active when I lived in New Jersey. The first post I resurrected and zombified was "NJ: All terrorists, all the time — The Fort Dix Six." I also put some in for earlier post dates that had links in the Fort Dix post.

I frequently became annoyed with myself when I'd hear old stories pop into the news again and realize I'd written posts on the subject before but no one could read them because I closed down the blogs. So, I decided I should at least be able to link to certain posts without reactivating my all of old sins at Confessions of a Jersey Goddess and other blogs. I've named the collection of resurrected writing The Zombie Post. This means I'll be able to stop hiding them here at WSATA when needed and move them over to my blog catacombs. Sure, it'll be old news, but perhaps someone will take a peek for nostalgia's sake.

If you don't know much about the Fort Dix Six, here's an excerpt from CNN:
The defendants were acquitted of attempted murder charges but face life in prison.

The jury spent six days deliberating.

Six men were arrested on May 7, 2007, in New Jersey, as two of them were meeting a confidential government witness "to purchase three AK-47 automatic machine guns and four semi-automatic M-16s to be used in an attack they had been planning from at least January 2006," according to a criminal complaint.

The sixth defendant, Agron Abdullahu, pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of providing firearms to illegal aliens and received a sentence of 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Abdullahu told the court in October that, from January 2006 to May 2007, he and Turkish-born Serdar Tatar provided firearms to brothers Dritan Duka, Shain Duka and Eljvir "Elvis" Duka.

The Duka brothers, born in the former Yugoslavia, were in the United States illegally.

Tatar and Abdullahu are both legal U.S. residents. The other defendant, Jordanian-born Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, is the only U.S. citizen among them.

The alleged Fort Dix plot came to light when two men gave an 8 mm videotape to a clerk at a Circuit City store in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and asked him to convert it to DVD format. (CNN)
New Jersey bloggers and newspapers had a lot to say when authorities revealed the plot, and some of those old links are in my zombified post.

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