Ex-NYC Cabbie Pleads Guilty to Terror PlotApril 23, 2010 - 4:51 PM | by: David Lee Miller
A former New York City cab driver pleaded guilty in Federal Court to plotting to blow up the city’s subway system.
25 year old Afghan born US citizen Zarein Ahmedzay faces two life sentences and a $750,000 fine when sentenced July 30th.
During his court appearance, Ahemdzay wearing a government issued blue jump suit and surrounded by US marshals matter of factly described the failed terror plot. Ahmedzay’s high school friend and accomplice Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to similar charges last February.
In an emotional and at times bone chilling statement, Ahmedzay described how he, Zazi, and a third man traveled to Pakistan in August of 2008. He said the three made the trip to fight the “corrupt Karzai government” and to kill “occupying forces.”
He told the court after being denied entry into Afghanistan they were recruited by Al Qaeda to carry out “martyrdom operations in the US. Ahmedzay said his experience as a taxi driver was seen as especially helpful in selecting targets. He said all three men received light weapons training before returning to the US.
Back on American soil Ahmedzay said he had doubts about the plan but decided to become a suicide bomber. With his help the group decided to blow up New York subways traveling through the busiest stations in the city, Grand Central Station and Times Square.
The plot abruptly ended when the group suspected they were being watched by law enforcement. Ahmedzay said the chemicals used to make the explosives were discarded somewhere in the Queens borough of New York.
He told the court he was “ thankful I didn’t harm anyone,” but feared “someone else will do the same thing.”
He also quoted from the Koran and said he and the others were sent on the mission by “Allah.” He blamed the “Zionist Jews” for taking part in a secret government and called them the real enemies of the US.