Monday, October 20, 2008

Prosecutor: Al-Qaida inspired Fort Dix plot, Duka brothers had been drug dealers.

CAMDEN, N.J. Five men accused of planning an attack on Fort Dix base in New Jersey were inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, a prosecutor said during opening statements in their terrorism trial. The government has presented the case as one of the most frightening examples of homegrown terrorism since Sept. 11.

Authorities said that in 2006 and 2007, the men turned paintball games into terrorist training sessions and met to discuss a plot to sneak into Fort Dix, used primarily to train reservists for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Their motive was to defend Islam. Their inspiration was al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Their intent was to kill members of the United States armed services," Deputy U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick told the jurors. The government promised to show the jury about 90 recordings that would lay out just how far along the defendants were in planning and training for an attack.

The suspects:
_Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 23, was born in Jordan but has lived much of his life in Cherry Hill. Unlike others in the case, is a United States citizen. He drove a taxi cab in Philadelphia and for a time attended Camden County College. He seems to dominate the recordings made by government informants. Authorities say he scoped out Fort Dix and other potential targets.
_The Duka Brothers: Dritan "Tony" Duka, 29; Shain Duka, 27; and Eljvir Duka, 25. They are ethnic Albanians born in the former Yugoslavia. They're all illegal immigrants but have been living in the United States since 1984, when they were little boys.

The men, all foreign-born Muslims in their 20s — are charged with conspiring to murder military personnel, attempted murder and weapons offenses. They could face life in prison if they're convicted during the trial, which is expected to last into December. They were arrested in May 2007.

The defense lawyers also began attacking the credibility of two paid FBI informants at the heart of the case, saying both had criminal pasts and vested interest to make it look like there was a plot. They said one informant, Mahmoud Omar, will have been paid $238,000 by the end of this year for his help in the case, and the other, Besnik Bakalli, was motivated by the hope of getting legal residency status in the United States.

The Fort Dix New Jersey Terror suspects it is now known that of the 5 suspects, three were in the US illegally. One was Jordanian, another Turkish, and three were Albanians. But not just any Albanians – ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, commonly referred to as "Kosovars". The suspects include three ethnic Albanian brothers who entered the United States illegally, part of a family that has lived for years in Cherry Hill, N.J., where they attended public schools and ran a roofing business and a pizzeria.

They were joined by a brother-in-law, who was born in Jordan and is a United States citizen, and two other legal United states residents: an ethnic Albanian from the former Yugoslavia (Kosova), and a Turk who lived in Philadelphia, all Muslims.

When Elvis and Dritan Duka, two of the three brothers arrested on terrorism charges in Fort Dix, were kids, they were neighborhood bullies. When they got a little older, they became drug dealers. The 3 Albanian "Duka" brothers of the Fort Dix NJ terror plot were low level drug dealers, possibly linked to the Albanian Muslim Mafia in New Jersey see Fox News video here

Bill Warner
private Investigator