An ISIS-inspired terror plot has been thwarted in Rochester, New York, and Governor Cuomo explained that people should be ready to accept such acts as “the new normal.”
Emanuel Lutchman was arrested earlier today for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
At the direction of an ISIS member in Syria, Lutchman had planned to kill innocent civilians at a restaurant/bar in the Rochester area on New Year’s Eve.
The Democrat & Chronicle reports:
Authorities announced Thursday a man identified as Emanuel L. Lutchman allegedly plotted to kill people on New Year’s Eve in upstate New York. They say he was planning to kill civilians at a Rochester restaurant/bar. He was identified as an ISIS sympathizer.
He made an appearance in federal court Thursday morning.
Court documents revealed that Lutchman had been in contact online with someone overseas who identified himself as an ISIS member in Syria. They also allege that he had planned on planting a pressure cooker bomb at a local bar or restaurant during crowded New Year’s Eve celebrations. Lutchman also suggested to an FBI informant that he should also kidnap and kill people.
“If we grab somebody, they can’t live,” he told the informant. “They may identify the vehicle. They can’t live.”
Congressman John Katko (NY-24) released a statement regarding the New Year’s Eve terror plot, saying today’s news “reinforces that we face a real threat in combating ISIS.”
Governor Cuomo also spoke with the media after news of the ISIS plot got out, saying it was “sobering” as New York and the nation deals with the “new normal” of terrorism.
Cuomo also inexplicably and continually linked the “new normal” of terrorism to global warming.
“We talk about the ‘new normal’ with climate and extreme weather … there’s also a ‘new normal’ when it comes to terrorism,” he said.
“Just the way we’ve adjusted to weather … this is part of the new world order,” the governor added. “We’re up to it, but it’s going to take every citizen to do their part also.”
This marks the second ISIS-related arrest to occur in this location.
Last month, a 31 year-old pizza shop owner in Rochester pleaded guilty in federal court to recruiting for ISIS.
Mufid Elfgeeh was one of the very first Americans to ever be accused of recruiting for the terrorist organization when he was arrested in May of 2014.