Mandatory Good News Report
As a frequent critic of the US government, I am happy to report a success. Law enforcement personnel apprehended individuals with hostility toward and a willingness to attack Americans. The arrests are the result of what appears to be a systematic surveillance of a group of wanna-be jihadis. More of this and less war, please. I think everyone will be safer and happier.
The arrests also show how amateur the would-be attackers were. Making videos? Giving others access to the video? The police had a tip, they and the FBI investigated and pulled a sting. They even had an Egyptian infiltrator. Classic tactic. It worked. That's what I want my public safety officials to do. Stop the bad guys before they can actually pull off their plans. Fortunately, most wanna-be's aren't hard to detect and disrupt but a few have demonstrated considerable finesse and skill. See 9-11. It pays to be alert and pro-active. Also see 9-11.
And remember, these were guys who came out of the blue. Imagine what this kind of talent could do to the not insignificant conspirators that we do know.
Operations sometimes have collateral damage. In this case, that will be Super Mario's Pizza and other food delivery businesses serving Fort Dix and, no doubt, other military bases. One conspirator claimed to know Fort Dix "like the back of my hand" from delivering pizzas from his family's restaurant. Sorry guys.