Six men described by the New Jersey U.S. Attorney as “the model for post-Sept.-11-era terrorism” are being held without bail forf a 16-month plot to attack the Army base at Fort Dix, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Authorities said plot included firearms training in the Pocono Mountains, reconnaissance trips to the base, and arrangements to buy weapons, including assault rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The suspects also considered attacks on other facilities.
The FBI began tracking the group after a store clerk notified police about a videotape that he was asked to copy onto a DVD. The tape depicted a group of young men shooting assault weapons on a firing range while calling for “jihad” and shouting in Arabic “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”). U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said the suspects, who range in age from 22 to 28 and came to the U.S. from Jordan, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia, were not part of any international terrorist organization. “Today we dodged a bullet,” said Jody Weis, agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia office. “They were forming a platoon to take out an army.”