FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman’s Office

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 14, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported, “At Mosque, Relief and Thanks.” While members of the King Fahd mosque community were feeling “gratitude,” the alleged bomb plot “also set off another round of acrimony between Muslim and Jewish organizations.” The article reported that “The Muslim Public Affairs Council called on the Justice Department to freeze the JDL’s assets, just as federal authorities recently shut down the Holy Land Foundation” and “the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] demanded that the Anti-Defamation League [ADL], American Jewish Committee [AJC] and other pro-Israeli groups stop fomenting what it called ‘an atmosphere of Islamophobia.'” CAIR cited the ADL and AJC’s attempts to bar its members from participating in hearings related to hate crimes. “David Lehrer, ADL regional director, confirmed that his group had attempted to bar the Muslim speakers … saying these leaders do not clearly and unambiguously condemn terrorism by such organizations as Hamas.”

FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman’s Office

Source: The Los Angeles Times


On December 13, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported “JDL Leader Accused in Mosque Bomb Plot.” The article explained, “The volatile chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League and another of the group’s top officials faced federal charges Wednesday of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles area mosque and an office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista).” The article continued, “Rubin, long seen as an isolated extremist by mainstream Jewish leaders, and Krugel were charged with conspiracy to destroy a building by means of an explosive, which carries a maximum five-year sentence, and possession of a destructive device related to a crime of violence, which carries a mandatory 30-year sentence.” It noted, “Usman Mahda, community liaison for King Fahd Mosque, said he was shocked by the alleged plot, which comes during Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. ‘There would have been hundreds and hundreds of people [there] . . . mostly American citizens,’ Mahda said. ‘It is scary. It’s sad and it’s disgusting. No Muslims, Jews or Christians should suffer like that.'”

FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman’s Office

Source: The Washington Post


On December 12, 2001, The Washington Post published the full transcript of the press conference of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) regarding the bombing plot. His statement read, in part: “Although this plot apparently involved members of the Jewish Defense League, I know that Jewish Americans, of which I have some of my colleagues with me here today, are appalled to hear of a plot like this that originated in their community and in my community in California, just as Arab Americans have been appalled by these terrible attacks of September 11. As you can imagine, this is shocking news to receive.” After his statement, in the company of Jewish representatives, Rep. Issa noted “I think the important message today, though, is here we are, a group of people perhaps in another country would be adversaries; we’re not here. In America, we’re trying to find a peaceful solution in the Middle East and we’re not going to be divided along any lines, including religious lines, including ethnic backgrounds. And I think that’s got to be the important message for people, extremists on both sides, is America will stand together.”