FBI Arrests 4 in Plot to Bomb Synagogue, Down Plane
Rep. King cites 'homegrown terror'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 9:54 PM CDT
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., in 2007.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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(Newser) – Four men have been arrested after plotting to blow up a synagogue in New York City and shoot down a plane at an Air National Guard base, the Daily News reports. Undercover FBI agents sold the men what they thought were C-4 explosives, and they were arrested with them near the synagogue. They also bought a fake Stinger missile to shoot down an aircraft at the Stewart Air National Guard Base, authorities say.

"This shows the real risks we face from homegrown terror and jailhouse converts, and the need for constant vigilance," said Rep. Pete King. The suspects are all American-born, with the alleged ringleader identified as James Cromitie, the son of an Afghan immigrant. King's comment about "jailhouse converts" refers to the fact that the other three suspects reportedly converted to Islam while in prison. All four will be arraigned tomorrow.