FBI Informant Takes Stand in Ft. Dix Terrorism Trial

The informant in the Ft. Dix trial, whose credibility has been attacked, was on the stand Tuesday. Jurors heard tapes of him while wearing an FBI wire.

By Geoff Mulvihill
Associated Press Writer
CAMDEN, N.J. — The paid informant who helped build the case against five men accused of plotting to attack soldiers in New Jersey took the witness stand Tuesday, but much of what jurors heard from him came in the form of secretly taped conversations with one of the accused.
“We have talked a lot and we are still talking. What can we do?” informant Mahmoud Omar asked defendant Mohamad Shnewer during a 2006 discussion in which both decried U.S. treatment of Muslims.
Omar kept asking similar questions in Arabic at Shnewer’s family’s home in Cherry Hill. Once, Shnewer’s answer was to seek help from God, saying he had helped the cause by unleashing Hurricane Katrina.
A moment later, Shnewer, then 21, had another idea.
“Here, if you want to do anything, there’s Fort Dix,” he said. “I am not exaggerating how easily you can strike an American base.”
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