Archive for June 2nd, 2007

Terror Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport Failed

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Another home grown terror plot is caught before it was able to come to fruition. When are we going to stop ignoring the threat Islam poses to all of us?

NEW YORK — Federal authorities say they foiled an alleged plot by a retired airport worker, a former Guyanese Parliament member and other Muslim extremists to plant explosives on jet fuel arteries at John F. Kennedy International Airport, triggering massive casualties and economic havoc.

Three men were arrested and a fourth sought in Trinidad for reportedly hatching the brazen scheme that they boasted would be worse than 9/11 and put “the whole country in mourning,” authorities said.

New Channel 4’s Jonathan Dienst broke news Saturday morning of the arrests in the potentially dangerous plot that law enforcement sources stressed was in the planning stages and never posed an actual threat to New Yorkers.

The FBI and other agencies said they had been monitoring the suspects for more than a year with the help of an informant, a convicted drug dealer, who had infiltrated their ranks, traveled with them to Guyana and Trinidad and secretly recorded their conversations.

Authorities said they decided to end their surveillance and arrest the men over concerns that at least one of the plotters was about to flee.

“The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable,” said U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf, calling it “one of the most chilling plots imaginable.”

U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf called it “one of the most chilling plots imaginable.”

Agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task force arrested the retired airport cargo worker, 63-year-old Russell Defreitas, Friday night in Brooklyn. Also known as Mohammed, he is an American citizen living in Brooklyn. Two others suspects were being held in Trinidad: Abdul Kadir, an imam in Guyana who had served in their parliament and was mayor of the town of Linden, Guyana; and Trinidad citizen Kareem Ibrahim. The suspect on the loose is Abdel Nur, a Guyanese citizen.

Defreitas was reportedly tape recorded boasting that the symbolism of JFK airport, named for the beloved slain president, made it an ideal terrorism target.

“Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States,” he allegedly said. “To hit John F. Kennedy, wow… They love John F. Kennedy like he’s the man… If you hit that, the whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice.”

With 1,000 flights at day and a huge gateway for cargo, Defreitas reportedly said an attack there could “destroy the economy of America for some time if it falls into the right hands,” according to authorities.

See more information at Little Green Footballs here and Michelle Malkin here.

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