Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two Muslim brothers 'plotted to blow up a New York City landmark in revenge for American drone attacks but couldn't fund their plans'

A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a bail hearing that Raees Alam Qazi, 20, researched bomb-making techniques on Internet sites affiliated with al-Qaida, including one using Christmas tree lights, and the FBI recorded phone calls and conversations linking Qazi to a purported 'lone wolf' plot.

'He fully intended to do this, and thankfully he didn't have enough money,' Gilbert said.