In June 2008, the Cw met JAMES CROMITIE, a/k/a "Abdul Rahman," a/k/a "Abdul Rehman," the defendant, at Masjid al-Ikhlas, a mosque in Newburgh, New York. CROMITIE explained to the CW that his parents lived in Afghanistan prior to his birth and that, because of his connection to Afghanistan, he was upset about the war there. CROMITIE was unhappy that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the United States Military forces.
CROMITIE expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and spoke to the CW about how if he, CROMITIE, were to die a martyr, he would go to "paradise." CROMITIE also expressed an interest in doing "something to America. "
Masjid Al Ikhlas, 25 Washington Ter Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 561-5610
Beginning in October 2008, the CW began meeting with JAMES CROMITIE, a/k/a "Abdul Rahman," a/k/a "Abdul Rehman," the defendant, at a house in Newburgh, New York ("the Newburgh House") that I and other agents and personnel of the FBI and the JTTF equipped with concealed video and audio equipment used to monitor (and record) both this meeting and additional meetings described below between and among CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS, ONTA WILLIAMS, PAYEN the CW4 and others.
During these recorded meetings, CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS, ONTA WILLIAMS, and PAYEN discussed with the CW CROMITIE's desire to attack certain targets in New York including: (1) a synagogue in the Bronx; and (2) military aircraft located at the Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.On or about April 10, 2009, JAMES CROMITIE, a/k/a "Abdul Rahman," a/k/a "Abdul Rehman," DAVID WILLIAMS, a/k/a 'Daoud," a/k/a "DL," the defendants, traveled with the CW to a Walmart store in Newburgh, New York, where CROMITIE purchased a digital camera for use in photographing synagogues and a Jewish community center that they planned to bomb using IEDs.
After purchasing this camera, CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS and the CW drove to the Bronx, New York, where CROMITIE photographed several synagogues and a Jewish Community Center.
In a reference to one of the Jewish community centers, located in the Riverdale Section of the Bronx, CROMITIE explained that bombing this community center would be a "piece of cake." During this pre-operation surveillance, DAVID WILLIAMS suggested that they refer to the synagogues using the codeword "joints," and CROMITIE and the CW agreed. Also during this surveillance, CROMITIE pointed to people walking on the street in the vicinity of a Jewish Community Center and said that if he had a gun, he would shoot each one in the head.
On Friday, April 30, 2009, JAMES CROMITIE, a/k/a "Abdul Rahman," a/k/a "Abdul Rehman," and DAVID WILLIAMS, a/k/a "Daoud," a/k/a "DL," the defendants, traveled with the CW to Brooklyn, New York, and purchased one 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun for the Terrorist Operations.