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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 21 2011 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

‘al-Qaida sympathizer’accused of NYC bomb plots

By Tina Susman

Was about to test explosives he hoped to use against police and American troops


NY Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg tells a news conference that Jose Pimentel, pictured at right, plotted to bomb police, post offices and U.S. troops. Pimentel is being held without bail





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A U.S. citizen who learned bomb-making on the Internet and considered changing his name to Osama out of loyalty to Osama bin Laden has been arrested on charges of plotting to blow up post offices and police cars and to kill U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, authorities said Sunday.

Jose Pimentel, 27, a Dominican-born convert to Islam, was on the verge of testing his homemade explosives in a mailbox when he was arrested Saturday in a Manhattan apartment, New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

"We had to act quickly yesterday because he was in fact putting this bomb together," Kelly said at a City Hall news conference with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. "It would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb."

After an arraignment late Sunday, Pimentel, wearing a black T-shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, was ordered held without bail until his next court appearance Nov. 25.

It was at least the 14th plot against New York that authorities say they have foiled since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but Pimentel appeared to have come closer than many to being in position to carry out an assault. According to prosecutors, Pimentel told police he had begun "shaving the match heads and drilling holes in the pipes" to insert the bomb parts, and he was "one hour away" from finishing.


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Pimentel had been under surveillance for two years, and the five-page criminal complaint from the district attorney's office indicated that he was being closely followed in recent weeks as he shopped at Home Depot, 99-cent stores and elsewhere for the goods to build bombs.

With the help of a confidential informant, police said, they had video of Pimentel working on the devices, which were made of small clocks, nails to provide shrapnel, batteries, Christmas lights serving as electronic circuits, and wires.

Pimentel allegedly followed instructions taken from the online pro-Al Qaeda magazine Inspire, specifically from an article titled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."

He was motivated by anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bloomberg and Kelly said. His extremism grew to the point "where he made even some like-minded friends nervous," Kelly said.

According to the complaint, he had considered traveling to Yemen to train in jihad, or holy war; talked with associates about changing his name to Osama Hussein to honor Osama bin Laden and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein; and discussed killing U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He also talked about bombing police cars and post offices.

Eventually, his behavior "morphed from simply talking about such acts to action, namely, bomb-building," Kelly said.

Pimentel appeared to have been spurred to action by U.S. forces' Sept. 30 killing of American-born cleric Anwar Awlaki in Yemen. Awlaki was a prominent voice for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.

Awlaki's death "really set him off," Kelly said of Pimentel, who prosecutors say maintained a website, http://www.trueislam1.com, which expounds on jihad and praises Bin Laden, Awlaki and Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in New York last year of trying to kill Americans.

A post by M. Yusaf — apparently Pimentel — derides the "Arab Spring," in which Tunisia, Egypt and Libya ousted longtime rulers. "We cannot be fooled by the propaganda of Western nations that try to deceive us by telling us that separation of church and state is the 'modern' and more civilized way of life," he writes.

The website also thanks a mysterious "sister" who told him of the blogging software that would enable him to spread his message.

An attorney representing Pimentel, Joseph Zablocki, said after Sunday's arraignment that the online postings showed Pimentel was not trying to hide anything.

But Kelly said Pimentel had plans to test his homemade bombs' effectiveness by putting them into mailboxes and hoped to "get the most bang for the buck" by attacking a high-profile target such as New York City.

Pimentel faces five charges, including conspiracy, criminal possession of a weapon and soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism.

At the news conference, officials displayed a close-up photograph of Pimentel wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and apparently working on a bomb. They also played a video to demonstrate what one of his bombs might have done had it been detonated. It showed a sedan exploding, its doors flying off and flames shooting from its interior.

At the apartment building in Manhattan's Hamilton Heights neighborhood where Pimentel lived, a man described as his uncle and speaking Spanish said Pimentel spent a lot of time in his room with the door shut. Nobody knew what he was doing in there, the man told the local ABC affiliate, WABC.

Neighbors said that Pimentel spent a lot of time standing on the street smoking cigarettes because he was not allowed to smoke inside, and that he kept mainly to himself.


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