Fort Dix Is­lamist doubted FBI mole; ac­cused of hav­ing a de­sire to kill

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Jerry Seper

A mem­ber of a gang of Is­lamists ac­cused of plan­ning to at­tack Fort Dix and kill “as many Amer­i­can sol­diers as pos­si­ble” told an FBI un­der­cover in­for­mant he sus­pected the man was a fed­eral agent but didn’t care be­cause he wanted to kill any­way “in the name of Al­lah,” ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

In a Nov. 28 con­ver­sa­tion recorded by the paid in­for­mant known only as CW-1, Ser­dar Tatar, 23, of Philadel­phia, said, “You know one thing that’s scary, too? [. . . ] I don’t know you that much. [. . . ] You know. I don’t know whether you’re FBI [. . . ] or the, an agent, I don’t know.

“I’m gonna do it. Whether you are or not. I’m gonna do it. Know why? [. . . ] It doesn’t mat­ter to me, whether I get locked up, ar­rested or get taken away, it doesn’t mat­ter. Or I die, doesn’t mat­ter. I’m do­ing it in the name of Al­lah.”

Two weeks ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to an FBI crim­i­nal com­plaint, Tatar had at­tempted to find out whether the in­for­mant was a law-en­force­ment of­fi­cer by con­tact­ing a sergeant at the Philadel­phia Po­lice De­part­ment, say­ing he had been ap­proached by a man who pres­sured him to ac­quire maps of Fort Dix. He told the sergeant he did not sup­ply the map and was fear­ful the in­ci­dent was ter­ror­ist-re­lated.

The com­plaint, by FBI Agent John J. Ryan, said the sergeant called the FBI in Tatar’s pres­ence and agents later were dis­patched to in­ter­view Tatar. It said he told the agents he was not a part of the plot to at­tack Fort Dix and did not know of any­one who might be in­volved.

By that time, Tatar and five oth­ers had been un­der sur­veil­lance by the FBI for more than 10 months in a sus­pected scheme to “know­ingly and will­fully” kill sol­diers at Fort Dix in an armed at­tack with AK-47 fully-au­to­matic ma­chine guns, M-16 as­sault ri­fles, grenade launch­ers and hand­guns.

Their plot was foiled by a clerk at the Cir­cuit City store in Mount Lau­rel, N.J., who had been asked to copy to DVD a video of the men test-fir­ing weapons in the Po­cono Moun­tains and call­ing for ji­had, or holy war. The uniden­ti­fied clerk called au­thor­i­ties.

“If we didn’t get that tip,” said U.S. At­tor­ney Christo­pher Christie in New Jer­sey, “I couldn’t be sure what would hap­pen.”

Tatar, born in Turkey and a le­gal U.S. res­i­dent, was ar­rested May 7, along with Mo­hamad Ibrahim Sh­newer, 22, of Cherry Hill, N.J., a U.S. cit­i­zen born in Jor­dan. The other four sus­pects, also ar­rested May 7, are eth­nic Al­ba­ni­ans born in the for­mer Yu­goslavia — Agron Ab­dul­lahu, 24, of Buena Vista, N.J.; and three brothers, Eljvir Duka, 23, Dri­tan Duka, 28, and Shain Duka, 26, all of Cherry Hill and in the U.S. il­le­gally.

Five were charged on May 8 with con­spir­acy to kill U.S. mil­i­tary per- son­nel; the sixth, Ab­dul­lahu, was charged with weapons vi­o­la­tions.

CW-1 suc­cess­fully in­fil­trated the group in March 2006 by de­vel­op­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Sh­newer, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. It said he was able to se­cretly record nu­mer­ous con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing meet­ings and tele­phone calls, in­clud­ing com­ments on Aug. 1 by Sh­newer de­scrib­ing the planned at­tack and say­ing “six or seven ji­hadists” could kill “at least 100 sol­diers by us­ing rocket-pro­pelled grenades or other weapons.”

“If you want to do any­thing here, there is Fort Dix and I don’t want to ex­ag­ger­ate, and I as­sure you that you can hit an Amer­i­can base very eas­ily,” Sh­newer was recorded as say­ing.

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