Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Queens resident to make us all proud

From NBC:

A Queens man was arrested Friday for allegedly lying to the FBI, concocting a tale that terrorists with ties to extremists in Pakistan and the Taliban were plotting an attack in New York - including Times Square. A frightening prospect, but the FBI said Syed Omair Ali made up the entire story.

In an email sent to the FBI back in May, Ali allegedly claimed there is a terrorist in New York with "ties with the tribal guys back in Karachi-Pakistan" and "has been planning on hurting our motherland." He was then interviewed several times by the FBI and repeated the story as recently as October 8.

Then during an interview on October 14, Ali admitted that it was all a lie.

"All of the information he had previously provided to the FBI regarding a terrorist plot had been false and that he had deliberately misled the FBI," the criminal complaint said. Investigators said Ali signed a written statement admitting he made up the whole story.

Ali is set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on the false statement charges. Investigators said he made the story up as part of a personal dispute he was having with a Queens man. He allegedly admitted he hoped this complaint would result in the FBI confronting that person as well as two others he named.

WNBC never reported the existence of this alleged threat because officials made clear the information all along was doubtful.


Anonymous said...

When will people learn that you can lie to NYPD but not the Feds?

Suzannah B. Troy artist said...

Speaking of my YouTube Mike Bloomberg, see no evil, hear no evil, Steve Rattner, how do you explain this to NYC school kids Mike? Ditto for term limits?

Anonymous said...

Maspeth mom says...

Sounds like a diversion tactic.

Anonymous said...

What was Syed Omair Ali's motive for lying to the FBI about terrorism?