The Timing of the “Ft. Dix Six” Arrests: Operation Thunderbird?

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

10 May 2007: What was not fully explained by federal officials during the press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Federal Courthouse in Camden, New Jersey, was the need to arrest the terror suspects making up the “Fort Dix Six” when they did. The investigation lasted over 16 months, and the arrests were made on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.

The media has been alluding to items “m” and “n” on page 5 of the criminal complaint as being the initiator of the arrests per their federal contacts. Specifically, those items in the criminal complaint are:

(m). On or about April 6, 2007 DRITAN DUKA ordered four AK-47 Kalishnikov fully-automatic machine guns as well as M-16 firearms and handguns.

(n). On or about April 27, 2007 MOHAMED SHNEWER ordered an AK-47 fully-automatic machine gun.”

Could it be that the impetus for the arrests of these al Qaeda terrorists was the proximity in both time and location of an unspecified event? An event, tied to the assault weapons purchase dates that could have yielded a target-rich, target-of-opportunity environment similar to that of the “missed opportunity” at the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 2, 2006? Might the impetus for the arrests have been the upcoming scheduled performances of the USAF Thunderbirds precision flying team at McGuire AFB this coming weekend, May 12 and 13, 2007?

The air show at McGuire AFB typically draws tens of thousands of unarmed civilian and military infidel visitors…

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