Jan 8, 2011
A man who lied to the FBI to frame several associates as a terrorists pleaded guilty Thursday to making false statements to officials.
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Syed Omair Ali, 25, of Queens, admitted that he contacted the FBI last May to alert them to an effort underway to launch a terror attack against New York City with the help of radical operatives based in Pakistan.
Ali falsely told agents that these associates had “ties with the tribal guys back in Karachi, Pakistan,” and were planning to travel there to be trained in insurgency tactics and then return to New York to commit a terror strike.
He also admitted to misleading the FBI by telling agents that one of the associates had discussed attacking Times Square “since it would likely inflict the greatest number of casualties.”