Apologetic Would-Be Bomber Gets 30 Years
Bangladeshi plotted to blow up Fed in NYC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
An undated file photo image of Quazi Nafis.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – A 22-year-old Bangladeshi man who begged for leniency after pleading guilty to terrorism charges for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York was sentenced today to 30 years in prison. "I'm ashamed. I'm lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone am responsible for what I've done. Please forgive me," Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis said before his sentence was handed down in Manhattan federal court. He apologized to the judge, the United States, New York City, and his parents.

Nafis became radicalized at his university in Bangladesh and came to the US with aspirations of jihad, according to lawyers on both sides. He said personal problems (including a cheating girlfriend) also were a factor. The defendant had said in a five-page typed letter to Judge Carol Bagley Amon that he no longer believed in radical Islam. "My actions are inexcusable and cowardly," he wrote. "I know that I will never pursue such behavior again that is not only un-Islamic, but also destroyed my family and my life." Authorities say Nafis adopted increasingly more radical views in the US and began using social media to seek support for a terror attack. One of his contacts turned out to be a government informant who notified authorities. They set up a sting operation with phony explosives last year.

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crankydude
Aug 11, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
Unapologetic, successful seven murderers (1964) of Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner served six years or less. (Except orchestrator Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen. Jury in 2000 deadlocked 11-1 for conviction because juror stated she could "never convict a preacher", After 2005 retrial he was sentenced to 60 years.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_civil_rights_workers'_murders. Long live our sense of justice.
RC_Reader
Aug 10, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
F U terrorist. You tried and failed, the intention was there... so off to jail for you!!
bowtiejack
Aug 9, 2013 10:39 PM CDT
Has anybody ever seen the NY Federal Reserve Bank? You'd need nuclear weapons to blow it up. But this kid gets 30 years for succumbing to an FBI rope-a-dope sting with phony "explosives"?