NYMLC Statement on Arrest of Jose Pimentel
Jose Pimentel, 27, in Manhattan Criminal Court 11/20/11.
NY Muslim Leadership Council Issues Statement on Arrest of Jose Pimentel by CAIR on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. A Statement from the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metro New York, on the Arrest of Jose Pimentel:
Two days after Muslim leaders and activists convened by the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan N.Y. held a (November 18, 2011) prayer service and rally decrying the NYPDâ€™s illegal, outrageous and completely inappropriate ethnic and religious-based mapping and surveillance of the New York Muslim community, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have announced the arrest of an alleged â€œlone wolf terroristâ€ intent on taking innocent lives in a pipe bomb plot.
It is worth noting that the individual described by both the Mayor and the Police Commissioner was apparently tracked and, ultimately, arrested because of his interest in bomb-making and the steps he allegedly took towards assembling an explosive device. Assuming this early version of the facts is accurate, it is worth noting how different that policing approach is from the NYPD/CIA program targeting our faith community, based not on suspicion of criminal conduct but on religion, race, ethnicity, and such legally protected activities as mosque attendance, enrollment in a Muslim school, or where one shops for food or has coffee or tea.
Considering the long history in America of â€œlone wolfâ€ assassins and terrorists of different ethnicities, political persuasions, and religious affiliations or none, on one hand we are glad whenever a wrong or evil is averted that would result in the taking of innocent human lives. The Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York continues to oppose all acts of terrorism â€“ at home or abroad, whether by individuals, groups, or states.
On the other hand, we await the details of this particular arrest. We are waiting to determine the answers to the following questions â€“ As we have already learned that there was a â€œconfidential informantâ€ involved in the case for some time, is this arrest yet another example of police generated entrapment schemes and plots? What was the informant agentâ€™s role in pushing the plot forward? Is the timing of todayâ€™s announcement purely coincidental or strategically convenient? Is the defendant mentally deficient or unstable in any way? How long was the NYPD monitoring the defendantâ€™s online activities? Was the NYPD directly engaged in surveillance on the defendant in Schenectady? Why were the federal authorities only at the â€œassessmentâ€ stage in this case, and did they decline to investigate or prosecute under federal laws? Time will tell. In the interim, we call on the independent media to ask serious and probing questions regarding the extent and nature of the threat posed by the accused.
In the meantime, the Majlis remains committed to combating domestic terrorism from within Muslim ranks, while at the same time preserving the civil liberties and civil and human rights of Muslims, as with all Americans.
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