Circuit City Employee Had Role in Stopping Fort Dix Terror Plot
The alleged plot by a group of six terrorists to murder soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey was broken up due in part to the efforts of a quick-thinking employee at a Circuit City store in southern New Jersey. The employee noticed suspicious activity on a videotape submitted by the terrorists for DVD conversion, and subsequently alerted authorities, according the government’s complaint.
According to the government’s official complaint (United States of America v. Dritan Duka) the members of the cell had videotaped their practice sessions, which consisted of the defendants shooting assault weapons, while making verbal references to jihad. In late January of 2006, one of them brought the videotape to an area retail store to be duplicated onto a DVD, at which point a representative of the retail store contacted local police, who in turn called the FBI.
The employee’s actions kicked off an investigation lasting over a year, one that ended Monday when the suspects were arrested. While the employee has not as of yet been identified, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that the tip originated from a Circuit City location in Mount Laurel, N.J. A Circuit City spokesperson confirmed to Dealerscope Wednesday morning that the tip came from the Mount Laurel store, but would not reveal the name of the employee.