Circuit City “Terror Hero” Reveals Himself
It took more than three weeks, but the identity of the Circuit City employee who helped federal authorities bust up a terror plot in New Jersey has finally been revealed. Brian Morgenstern, 23, appeared on CNN’s “American Morning” show Tuesday to tell his story, stating that “I don’t feel like a hero.” He also appeared on Fox News Channel Tuesday night, and granted interviews to the Associated Press and several newspapers.
Morgenstern was working at the Circuit City location in Mount Laurel, N.J. in early 2006 when he viewed a videotape that had been brought in by a customer, which featured several young men shooting assault weapons and speaking openly about jihad. After informing store management the next day of what he had seen, Morganstern called police, who in turn notified the FBI. In early May of this year, the government caught the terror ring, which was planning to assault soldiers at nearby Fort Dix.
Circuit City has said that it was actually two employees who deserve credit for alerting authorities to the tape; the second has not yet been identified. Morgenstern, the Philadelphia Daily News reported, has since been promoted to sales manager, and now works at another Circuit City store.