Sources: Terror Suspect Wanted To Blow Up A Bomb On The USS Intrepid

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The man accused of trying to build pipe bombs to blast New York Police Department cars, post office vehicles also wanted to target the USS Intrepid, sources told CBS 2.

Jose Pimentel was behind bars Monday night, being held without bail because, sources said, he had grandiose plans to blow up people and places in the metropolitan area, including the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.

He wasn’t planning to sink the ship, sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer, but wanted to explode a pipe bomb on the deck, where it could maim and kill because of shrapnel inside.

He allegedly bought the components for the bombs at different stores – including a Home Depot in the Bronx.

Pimentel, who was arraigned Sunday night, was an hour away from finishing three pipe bombs when cops nabbed him.

Prosecutors say Pimentel, an American citizen, became a radicalized jihadist, taking his inspiration from slain cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden.

Pimentel had been on the NYPD’s radar screen for two years but Al-Awlaki’s death on September 3th in a drone attack accelerated his actions, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“He appears to be a total lone wolf,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Sunday night news conference. “He was not part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad.”

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

LINK: Jose Pimentel complaint

“Pimentel talked about killing U.S. servicemen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Pimentel was apparently unaware that he was under tight surveillance by the NYPD since 2009. Officials say Pimentel was arrested Saturday after he was putting the finishing touches on a third bomb.

Police released a video which shows a similar pipe bomb powerful enough to blow the roof off a car.

Prosecutors say Pimentel was responsible for a website which included posts entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom’s Home,” “The Prepatory Manual of Explosives,” and “The RPG System” to name a few. Some of the content on the site was apparently from the Al Qaeda English-language propaganda magazine “Inspire.”

“I don’t think this case is nearly as strong as the people believe,” said Pimentel’s attorney Joseph Zablocki. “He has this very public online profile. … This is not the way you go about committing a terrorist attack.”

“I don’t know whether there’s an entrapment issue at this point,” said Zablocki. “It’s not outside the realm of possibility that there are other people involved.”

Federal sources said that they declined to get involved in the Pimentel case and police said the defendant himself tried to weasel out after he was arrested.

“He said words to the effect that he did make these devices, but that he decided not to use them just moments before the police came through the door,” Kelly said.

CBS News reported the case was handled entirely by the NYPD, without the involvement of the FBI or other federal authorities. The absence of federal involvement may also reflect on the overall strength of the case, CBS News reported.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • sk

    what is wrong with some of these commentors? you don’t wait until its too late to catch the terrorist! why should innocent people be killed because we have to live in a world of DENIAL? prentend things don’t exhist? yes there are some peaceful moslems out there and there are peopel who kill who are not moslem! but these muslim extermists are using their religion for a reason to kill! all you have to do is listen to what they are saying and see whats going on in the world! you should be thankful the guy was caught by the NYPD, not cursing them because you don’t want to admit that we have security threat!



    • Meme Meyagi

      kill yourself fkn mooslime terrorist

    • Amtracmarine

      WE WILL KILL YOU” LOL, you’re a little confused aren’t you?

  • j

    About 6 years ago I called the San Francisco U.S. District Attorney’s office to complain about the DoJ employees fabricating evidence and stealing from me. They had been harrassing me and stealing from me for almost 20 years. More recently I called the Santa Clara County D.A.’s office to complain about the same since the stealing continued after my called to the Federal D.A..

    Several corrupt DEA also went as far as tell me that if I contniued to complain about the stealing I could find myself in a rendition.

  • Kleetis MacAnurney

    “CBS News reported the case was handled entirely by the NYPD, without the involvement of the FBI or other federal authorities. The absence of federal involvement may also reflect on the overall strength of the case, CBS News reported.” Ha-ha-ha, say no more … Ray ‘Photo Op’ Kelly never fails to jump at a chance to get his mug in front of the cameras. The fact that, “Federal sources said that they declined to get involved in the Pimentel case..” speaks volumes. Sounds like Kelly’s usual M.O. of trying to make his department appear to be better than everyone else … He and his cronies are just smoke and mirrors.

  • MIKE


    • Meme Meyagi

      allah want you to jihad yourself, fkn mooslime terrorist

  • Bullett

    Goes to prove that there are a lot of kooks out there, and in this case, the NYPD stopped one from doing harm to innocent bystanders. Too bad his pipe bomb didn’t explode when he was in the process of making it. Could have saved us taxpayers the cost of defending him, plus room & board.

  • 911 inside Job


    Can’t they at least get some advice from Hollywood to make it look real?

    What a waste of time

  • MIKE




    • Schmellma Aass

      Would you care smell my ass?

  • Peter

    one bullet to the head !! perfect !!

  • Saltine

    Note the words used by the Propagandists in our gvt, “Planning” and “Plotting” , “Lone wolf”.

    Note that NO BOMBs were made and the materials allegedly found might or might not (Xmas lights ppl, REALLY???!) be used to make a mock-up bomb.

    Note that NO bombs were complete. Nothing was detonated. Nothing destroyed.

    A bad economy has wrecked havoc on the NYPD Propagana Dept, I see. They didn’t even bother setting one off, scaring a few idiots and THEN arresting this dude.

    Another “pre-emptive” arrest of another clueless man who is not even from the Arab states???! Really???!

    Anyone remember the clueless pot-heads down in Fla who were lured by our crack FBI to buy bomb making materials and “assemble” bombs. They never bought anything, spent the $$ on pot and were arrested on “pre-emtive” grounds anyway and then they were very quietly released with no press present.

    Christmas lights????! Really??! Just to add more Seasonal relevance to a fictional story???

    Srsly—Who thinks this sh**t up????

    • steve

      Then when something was made, did go off, you would be calling for the heads of the NYPD for not doing anything about this terrorist. Great job NYPD.

    • Shniffma Royds

      I believe your mama made this one up. Would you like to smell my ass?

      • SUC MYADIC

        Saltine, Ignore the retards

  • p8nt

    And out comes all the ignorant Americans who think they know what Islam is about. Christians did far worse during the era of the Crusades. What Americans don’t know or understand is what they fear the most, fear then leads to hate. Yes, you are all being victimized, GIVE ME A BREAK!! Took at Afghanistan, we went in there, and left without any plan on how to help them setup their own government and a way to enforce it. Its the same thing that’s going to happen in Iraq.
    You think Democracy is the solution for everything, when even your own system is corrupt. You can’t let the people govern themselves, if the cannot do so, or if they do not know how to do so.

    • Joe

      The Crusades ended hundreds of years ago. Islam’s war against the West continues to this very day.

      • p8nt

        So what’s your point? Because you weren’t there or the Crusades didn’t affect you, means all that’s happening is much worse? ISLAM is not the cause of all of this. Relgious extremists are the ones who are to blame. Just like people interprets the Bible in more ways than one, finding a passage that helps them rationalize things, so do others in regards to the Qua’ran.

        • Joe

          The point, moron, is that we live in the present, and at present we have a huge problem with Islamic terrorism. Not Buddist terrorism, not Sikh terrorism, not Christian terrorism, not Shinto terrorism. You brought up something from the distant past, and your comment was irrelevant.

          • Michael H.

            In the meantime it was a Christian that took a pot shot at the White House the other day. Explain that one.

            • Joe

              Er, that was one person in an isolated incident. Not a worldwide pattern os violence isnpired by islamic teaching. That’s the difference, and it’s a big one.

        • penjer

          1400 years ago a small group separated itself from the main body of Muslims. They were known as “khavarij”. Their ideology was based on wrong and superficial understanding of Qur’an. This led to the birth of extreme points of view, which have no place in the Islam. Prophet Muhammad(SAAW) warned Muslims of these extreme ideologies of the future and ordered to avoid them at any cost. Caliph Ali fought them, but the ideology survived. That is why we see the fruits of this wrongful understanding of Islam today.

          • Meme Meyagi

            jihad yourself fkn mooslime terrorist

          • Joe

            Simply not true, though a usefull example of Taqyia, or lying to advance the Islamic religion. Orthodox Islamic theology explicitly supports the use of violence to force the non-Muslims to submit to Islam.

      • Jimmy D'Locks

        Allah eats pepperoni.

  • Yahweh

    It’s time to take out the the fraud muhammad. Lets send this slipper wearing dirt bag to hell

    • Yahweh

      Yahweh, who took you out of Egypt and gave you the land of milk and honey , is a jealous and vengeful God.

  • joshsucks

    Under the new Homeland Security laws there is no entrapment defense. At least not for citizens. Maybe terrorists have a right to plead entrapment. But they probably have more rights than American citizens. Where was this mutt from? An illegal alien? Obviously he’s entitled to the entrapment defense!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    • Don

      they will all be at your house for Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Carla Jen McCarthy

    God almighty!

  • DanTe

    Islam = It’s a disease in need of a cure.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of Hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (muslime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and then lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will write that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But then conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide muslime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

    • penjer

      “Whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as though he had killed all of mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” (Qur’an 5:32).

      Before engaging in battle, the Prophet Muhammad instructed his soldiers:

      “Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

      “Do not practice treachery or mutilation. Do not uproot or burn palms or cut down fruitful trees. Do not slaughter a sheep or a cow or a camel, except for food.” (Al-Muwatta)

      “If one fights his brother, [he must] avoid striking the face, for God created him in the image of Adam.” (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

      “Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)

      “Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.” (Sahih Bukhari; Sunan Abu Dawud)

      “Do not wish for an encounter with the enemy; pray to God to grant you security; but when you [are forced to] encounter them, exercise patience.” (Sahih Muslim)

      “No one may punish with fire except the Lord of Fire.” (Sunan Abu Dawud).

      “Accustom yourselves to do good if people do good, and to not do wrong even if they commit evil.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

      • Joe

        Too bad these passages were abrogated by “God’s” subsequent instructions to Mohammed to kill the Jews and infidels (ie. non-Muslims). That’s what islam believes.

        • JDS

          well said

          • penjer

            Yes you are absolutely right. Those Christians and Jews who will join the antichrist will perish in that last war. It is not my fantasy or will. Read the prophecies from the book of revelations or what the prophets said.

            If Muslims were to kill Christians and Jews based on your statement, then there would be no christian and Jewish communities left in the middle east. I mean at the time of chalifas, when nobody would stop Muslims from killing them, local Christian and Jewish communities would vanish. But today we have Jews and Christians all over mid east.

            When Jews were persecuted in Europe for all possible problems, they found refuge in Turkey because Sultan dealt with them as Allah(SWT) demands it. They are still present in Turkey.

            When crusaders invaded Jerusalem, they killed 50 000 inhabitants of the city Muslims, Christians and Jews without mercy. Their motto was “The God will sort it out”. They had to bring population from Europe to fill the city with people again. Reminds you of nova day’s faceless “collateral damage” victims, doesn’t it? Jews were forbidden to enter Jerusalem or pray in there until Muslims liberated it from the crusaders under Salakhadins command. His first order was to let Muslims, Christians and Jews to come to the city to worship.

            • Meme Meyagi

              penjer tell your lies to camel you sleep with, better yet jihad yourself fkn mooslime terrorist

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Wow. All along, the muslims were the peaceful ones. I never knew.

        There must be also be an exception here for flying airplains full of passengers into crowded buildings and killing thousands of innocents because these peaceful people would never usurp the word of Allah.

        Are you kidding me? Wake up! The first part of the Qur’an that you have quoted says that there is an exception to the prohibition of killing for cases of corruption of the Earth. Muslims claim this exception entitles them to slaughter millions. Get your head out of your @$$ and stop defending the onslaught.

      • NYCBOY

        Even if he was ‘playing’ it’s too late.
        There’s no “joke” in that.
        People who blindly follow ANY RELIGIOUS FAITH need to be strung up.
        It ALWAYS ends in war – no matter who’s staff your kneeling in front of.

    • BigotryLives

      FACT: Everywhere where there are christ-ians, sh-!t happens.

      China, India, the Middle East, Russia, South East Asia, Europe, USA … all teeming with Christians.


      • IgnoranteElephante

        China has very little Christians, mostly Buddhist. South East Asia has very little Christians, mostly Buddhist and Muslim. Russia, Europe, and the USA have Christians, but the “sh-!t” that you speak of in those places is by and large the work of the Muslims.


    a deSPICable

  • michaelfury

    “He was not part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad.”

    Like this one, Mr. Mayor?

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