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Terror on the Jersey Shore?

And no, the Mooninites haven't returned. The rightie blogs are crowing about the arrest of six Albanians this morning in an alleged plot to raid and take down the strategically important target of ... Fort Dix, New Jersey?
Federal investigators last night arrested six Islamic radicals who were planning a heavily armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a statement released this morning that confirmed an earlier report on nj.com, The Star-Ledger's Web site, the U.S. Attorney's Office said the men planned to "kill as many soldiers as possible."

The alleged plot included conducting surveillance of the Army base and purchasing multiple firearms, including hand guns, shotguns and semi-automatic weapons,...

From various news accounts, this looks to be yet another "homegrown" terror cell with little, if any, connection to Al-Qaeda or any other terror network. And in a move reminiscent of the Miami 7 and their ninja garb fetish, these guys got caught because they were a bunch of show offs.
The men - several of whom are relatives - had videotaped their practice sessions in Pennsylvania, according to the complaint. That videotape, in which they fired assault weapons and railed against America, led to their arrests.

They made the mistake of bringing it to a retail store, seeking to get a copy burned to a DVD, according to the complaint. A store employee who later watched the tape called the FBI who began immediately investigating.

If these guys were indeed committed to carrying out this attack, I for one am glad they've been apprehended before they could do so. But as with anything having to do with alleged terror plots nowadays, such developments should be taken with copious amounts of salt.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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