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Jen: "NYT - 6 Arrested in Fort Dix Plot"

Keeping our soldiers safe

From Jen: I was watching the local Fox affiliate tonite and their reporting on this story went like this: "Six men were arrested in a plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix - three were here illegally and all six were from the Yugoslavian Middle East."

So apparently the spread of Islam to parts of Yugoslavia now makes that region part of the Middle East - at least, to Fox newswriters.

6 Arrested in Plot to Attack Fort Dix

Six people have been arrested in a plot to fire grenades and kill scores of soldiers at a New Jersey Army installation, the United States attorney’s office in New Jersey said at a news conference today. Four of them were born in the former Yugoslavia, one was born in Turkey and one in Jordan, said a spokesman for the office, Greg Reinert.

“Allegedly they wanted to kill as many of the soldiers at Fort Dix as they could,” Mr. Reinert said.

A criminal complaint filed in United States District Court on Monday, said one of the defendants, Dritan Duka, conspired with four others “to kill officers and employees of agencies in the executive branch” of the government. It said that Mr. Duka, who was also known by other names, carried out several actions from Jan. 3, 2006, to about May 7 this year in Camden, Burlington and Monmouth counties in New Jersey, including firearms training, collecting weapons and viewing terrorist training videos.

The six men planned to purchase rocket-propelled grenade launchers then use them to fire at Humvees at Fort Dix and “light the whole place up,” Chris Christie, the United States attorney in New Jersey, said today. The men had apparently looked at a number of military installations in the Northeast but decided on Fort Dix because they thought it would allow them to kill the greatest number of soldiers and to make a clean escape, officials said.

One of the men had also gained access to the grounds of the base as a pizza delivery man and claimed to be familiar with the layout, Mr. Christie said.

The old "Dominos Pizza Guy" trick....

- posted by Jen