and once again, hats off to homeland security.....
Three Arrested, 1 Sought in Terror Plot on New York City's JFK Airport
Saturday, June 02, 2007
NEW YORK ? Three people were arrested and one was being sought in an alleged terror plot which involved blowing up the fuel line that feeds an international New York City airport, the FBI announced Saturday.
The plot, which never got past the training stages, would have set off explosives in a fuel line that feeds the John F. Kennedy Internation Airport in Queens and runs through several residential neighborhood, officials said.
Russell Defreitas, the plot's mastermind and a Muslim U.S. citizen from Guyana, was arrested Friday night in Brooklyn. Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana who has served as a member of the Guyanese Parliament, and Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad, are in custody in Trinidad. The fourth suspect, Abdel Nur, is a citizen of Guyana. The United States plans to seek their extradition.
The group, which been planning the attack since January of 2006, were targeting a pipeline that carries fuel from a facility in Linden, N.J., to the airport and runs through several residential neighborhoods. An FBI released statement said the plotters conspired to destroy buildings, fuel tanks, and fuel pipelines at JFK airport with explosives.
Defrietas said in a transcript released by the FBI that the alleged attacks would destroy "the whole of Kennedy," according to an FBI press release, and that only a few people would survive the attack. In carrying out the alleged plot, Defreitas unknowingly recruited an FBI informant.
He also compared the plot to 9/11, saying "even the Twin Towers can't touch it," and it would destroy the economy of America for some time."
"Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow ... they love John F. Kennedy like he's the man. If you hit that, this whole country will be in mourning. It's like you can kill him twice."
Defreitas was expected to appear in court at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brooklyn.
If convicted, the four suspects could face live in prison.
An FBI spokesman said there is no threat to air safety or the public in relation to the plot.
JFK handles on average over 1,000 flights daily, approximately half of which are international flights, and handles annually approximately 45 million passengers and
more than 1.5 million tons of cargo with an estimated value of $120 billion, according to the FBI.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.