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Posted: 12/12/2001 10:16:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2001 10:11:50 PM EST by Imbroglio]
And good old Irv Rubin would always scream about all militias being full of terrorists and white supremacists... ------ By Sarah Tippit LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League and a follower have been arrested in an alleged plot to bomb a major Los Angeles area mosque and the office of a Republican California congressman, among other targets, federal officials said on Wednesday. JDL Chairman Irv Rubin, 56 and group member Earl Krugel, 59, who were arrested on Tuesday night, were charged with conspiring to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, a Los Angeles suburb; the offices of Southern California Congressman Darrell Issa, the grandson of Lebanese immigrants; and the Muslim Public Affairs Council office in the Mid-Wilshire section of Los Angeles. ``Last night´s arrests confirm that we meant what we said: if you cross the line from expressing your political or religious beliefs to committing violent acts against those whose beliefs are offensive to you, then you will likely end up facing federal prosecution on charges carrying extremely long prison sentences,´´ said John Gordon, U.S. Attorney for California´s Central District. The two men face one count each of conspiring to destroy a building by means of an explosive and possession of a destructive device during and in relation to a violent crime, according to an affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. If found guilty they could each face a minimum of 35 years in prison. A bail setting heaping was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles federal court. THIRD MAN TURNED INFORMER Officials said the two men plotted with a third, a former JDL member, to make and detonate bombs. The third man, who was approached last October, informed authorities of the plot, officials said. No bombs were detonated and no one was injured.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 10:17:39 PM EST
(continued) A complaint against the two men said that Krugel told the informant the bombings were necessary because ``Arabs need a wake-up call.´´ Additional comments were made at a meeting by Rubin that the JDL needs to let people know they are ``alive in a militant way.´´ The complaint added that the unnamed source was asked to photograph the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) offices and help buy bomb components and that Krugel said he would build the bombs at his residence. The source would then place the explosives at the MPAC office. The MPAC, which also has a Washington, D.C. office, describes itself as a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims. When the source asked Krugel about dangers to human beings should the bombs detonate, he allegedly responded: ``C´est la vie´´ (´´That´s life´´), Gordon said. ``The affidavit makes clear their primary motivation was to ... terrorize Muslims or Arabs and alert the national if not the local community to JDL´s commitment to attack those targets,´´ Gordon said. The source told officials he was led to believe one bomb was to be placed in the offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He arrived at Jerry's Deli in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino with 5 pounds (2.2 kg) of explosive powder in his vehicle ready for delivery to Krugel. TARGETS CHANGED AT MEETING However at the deli meeting the two men said they had changed their targets and bombs were instead to be placed at the Culver City Mosque and Issa's office. Gordon said he believed Issa, a Christian American of Lebanese descent, was targeted because he made statements the JDL disagreed with. There was no specific time frame for when the bombs were to be detonated, however they were expected to be set off ``in the near future. Things were fluid,´´ Gordon said. Issa was not made aware of the plot, because authorities only learned of it on Tuesday moments before the arrests, Gordon said. Because the informant wore a wire when he met the two men, federal agents followed and arrested them a short time later. A search of Krugel's Reseda, Calif. house turned up two pipe bombs and firearms. The bombs were adequate to cause ''considerable damage'' to the areas where they were to be detonated and possibly death to people in the vicinity, officials said. Issa thanked law enforcement officials for their quick action and said he had ``no way of knowing´´ why he had been a target of the JDL. ``Like most Americans, my hope and wish is for a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict. Unfortunately, there are extremists on both sides who oppose a peaceful resolution.´´ Rubin and Krugel are expected to appear in court later on Wednesday when bail and future court dates will be set. The JDL was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was assassinated in New York in 1990. Prior to his death he founded the extremist KACH party in Israel which advocated the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and Israeli-occupied territories. The party was later outlawed.
Link Posted: 12/12/2001 10:40:45 PM EST
Ahah, a couple of months ago I was in a Denny's with my ex-girlfriend. Knowing that I sometimes make fun of her jewish background(just a joke between us) she quickly said "DON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT JEWS" in a stern whisper. Turns out Mr. Ruben was sitting at the counter. Weird guy, wouldn't look me in the eye when she introduced him to me and apparently he hangs out at Denny's alot. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Any word on the "other weapons" that were seized?
Link Posted: 12/13/2001 7:50:40 AM EST
It's about time this domestic Terrorist got his!! Hope they send him away for life!
Link Posted: 12/13/2001 7:57:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: And good old Irv Rubin would always scream about all militias being full of terrorists and white supremacists...
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What is particularily ironic is that if he and his cohort had gotten away with it, the public would have thought that those very same "militias or white supremacists" were the ones who did it! Talk about creating your own fall-guy.
Link Posted: 12/13/2001 3:13:16 PM EST
Will the ADF now put the JDL on their Watch List?
Link Posted: 12/14/2001 5:54:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By ARChoo: Will the ADF now put the JDL on their Watch List?
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Never!
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