03 June 2007

The Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport

I'm assuming we've all heard about this by now from more reliable news sources but regardless...

Feds foiled a plot by a suspected Muslim terrorist cell to blow up JFK Airport, its fuel tanks and an underground jet fuel pipeline which could have caused unthinkable devastation. But while pipeline and security experts agreed that such an attack would have crippled America's economy, particularly the airline industry, they said it probably would not have led to significant loss of life as intended.

Authorities said they had been tracking the cell for more than a year and it was currently in an advanced planning stage. Three men were arrested so far, one of them a former.................. member of Guyana's parliament (uh oh Guyana, you guys might be next). A fourth man was being sought in Trinidad as part of the plot.

In an indictment charging the four men, one of them is quoted as saying the foiled plot would "cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks,'' destroying the airport, killing several thousand people and destroying parts of Howard Beach in Queens, where the pipeline runs through underground.

One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a 63 year old resident of Brownsville (amazed it wasn't Bay Ridge) and bomb-maker from Guyana used to work at the airport as an air cargo employee; it was then when he hatched the plan to destroy the airport by capitalizing on its secret vulnerabilities. Russel was quoted as saying the airport named for the slain president was targeted because it is a symbol that would put "the whole country in mourning.'' Saying "It's like you can kill the man twice."

I didn't even know there was a goddamn pipeline but apparently it takes fuel from a facility in Linden, N.J., to the airport. Other lines service LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

John W. Magaw, a former head of the Transportation Security Administration, told The Washington Post that such an attack "may not cause a lot of deaths, but it would be spectacular and seen around world and could certainly cripple the airlines.''

After tracking these loons for over a year, the Feds finally decided to pounce after Defreitas said on May 27 that he was happy to see that the plan, code named "chicken farm,'' was moving forward, according to the criminal complaint. Defreitas was nabbed Friday night walking out of the Lindenwood Diner in Brooklyn.

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