From the lede, they sound pretty deadly:
They were hoping to get automatic weapons through their informant.
So: in a year and a half, they’d basically played terrorist, the way Tom Sawyer and his friends played pirate.
I’m sure it did. Why it merited the notice of the White House Press Secretary is the real question. Sounds to me like the assistant D.A. for central New Jersey could have handled this one.
This one goes down with the guys in Florida who were going to attack the Sears Tower, and the Brooklyn Bridge blowtorch guy. If al-Qaeda has anything at all to do with these bozos, I think their goal must be to lull us into a false sense of security.