Two stories from www.NYDailyNews.com
Jihadist Is An Idiot, Says Former Boss
By Barry Paddock and Rich Schapiro, www.NYDailyNews.com
He wasn’t the brains of the operation.
Carlos Almonte, one of the terror suspects busted at Kennedy Airport, stunned co-workers at a New Jersey computer shop with his stupidity.
“I’m telling you, this kid is not smart,” said a supervisor. “The simplest stuff we told him to do, he couldn’t – like organize this with that.”
Almonte worked at the store for more than a year, but quit about two weeks before his arrest, saying life’s “too expensive” in the Garden State, the supervisor said.
“We were planning to lay him off, but he beat us to it,” said the boss, who spoke on the condition that his name and the shop not be identified.
Almonte told his co-workers he was moving to another state — apparently a cover for his planned trip to Africa. Authorities say Almonte and his wannabe jihadist pal Mohamed Alessa were planning to link up with an al-Qaeda-linked militant group in the hope of getting the chance to kill American troops.
His co-workers were amazed their dunce of a colleague is accused of such an ambitious plot.
“The simplest stuff he cannot do. How’s he going to do something like that?” the supervisor said.
Almonte is not the first accused terrorist to be labeled a bonehead.
Accused Times Square car bomber, Faisal Shahzad, made simple mistakes in constructing a bomb and left behind reams of physical evidence.
New Jersey Boys Became Jihadis Because They Can’t Land Hotties
By Michael Daly, www.NYDailyNews.com
Feel like a loser?
Never cool at school?
Not much luck with women?
Don’t want to work for a living?
Become a jihadist!
Suddenly, a loser becomes a soldier of Allah with the power of life and death!
Take Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and his buddy Carlos Eduardo Almonte. They were just two nondescript New Jersey video gamers with futures promising only more of the same. Then they grew bushy beards and declared themselves jihadists. They started talking about playing video games for real and maybe cutting off a few heads.
The problem for them was that they looked like jihadists the way young men of other times looked like greasers or hippies. And, the last thing a serious and therefore secretive terrorist organization needs are recruits who might well be wearing big signs saying TERRORIST.
“I wanna, like, be the world’s known terrorist,” Alessa was recorded saying.
No wonder they could not get any terrorist organization to take them when they journeyed to Jordan three years ago.
Back home, they fired themselves up with videos by Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemen-based imam. Not that they needed brainwashing. They had no brains to wash, as they further demonstrated in setting off to join the Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia. “Shabaab is the main one,” Almonte was recording saying, as if he knew.
Thanks to a tip from one of their relatives, the FBI had been on to them and an undercover NYPD cop had won their trust. They were arrested at Kennedy Airport as they prepared to fly off for a second attempt at becoming real-life terrorists.
Apparently, Allah gives a loser an excuse to make himself a jihadist. And even two wannabe terrorists can draw an overflow crowd of agents, cops and reporters.
“SRO,” a marshal noted.
Likely, the crowd itself and not the sight of his parents in the back of the courtroom prompted Alessa to flash such a disturbingly bright smile.
After all, the loser had what he wanted.
He was a known terrorist.