Criminal Charges in Plot to Bomb Bronx, NY Synagogue and
Jewish Community Center, and Shoot Down
U.S. Military Aircraft with Stinger Missiles

U.S. v. James Cromitie, et al.
May 19, 2009

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  • Four suspects face federal charges of plotting to attack and kill Jews by blowing up a synagogue in a Bronx, New York City neighborhood, shoot down U.S. military aircraft by using should-held Stinger surface-to-air missiles, and attack a Air National Guard base with an IED using C-4 plastic explosives.

    Using a confidential witness, federal law enforcement agents learned of an alleged plot by four ex-prisoners to "do jihad" by attacking Jewish institutions and U.S. military targets in New York.

    James Cromitie, one of the defendants was accused in the complaint of telling the confidential witness that he hated Jews and "would like to get [destroy] a synagogue." Cromitie is also accused of telling co-conspirators that attacking a Jewish community center would be a "piece of cake," and stating that if he had a gun, he would shoot people walking near the center in the head.

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