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Feds Passed On NYC 'Lone-Wolf' Terror Case

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"We had to act quickly yesterday because he was in fact putting this bomb together, drilling a hole, and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with the bomb," Kelly said.

Pimentel's attorney Joseph Zablocki told CBS that he doesn't think the case "is nearly as strong as the people believe."

"He has this very public online profile. ... This is not the way you go about committing a terrorist attack, Zablocki said. "I don't know whether there's an entrapment issue at this point. It's not outside the realm of possibility that there are other people involved."

Another oddity about New York's handling of the case: while Pimentel was arrested on Saturday afternoon, they didn't announce his arrest until Sunday night -- even though authorities said he was a lone wolf and there weren't any others involved in the case that would have justified sitting on it for over 24 hours.

Late update: A law enforcement official told Tom Hays of the Associated Press that after reviewing the evidence, the FBI found Pimentel did not have the "predisposition or the ability" to carry out the terror plot.