We expect this to result in acquittals, just as almost all of these trumped up nonsense charges have to date. This is an administration that will keep you fearful for the rest of your lives.
Authorities Say Men Plotted Attack on Airport: Indictment Says Suspects Made Anti-American Statements
By ADAM GOLDMAN, AP
NEW YORK (June 2) – Federal authorities announced Saturday they had broken up a suspected Muslim terrorist cell planning a “chilling” attack to destroy New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through residential neighborhoods.
Three men, one of them a former member of Guyana’s parliament, were arrested and one was being sought in Trinidad as part of a plot that authorities said they had been tracked for more than a year and was foiled in the planning stages.
“The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable,” U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said at a news conference, calling it “one of the most chilling plots imaginable.”
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 New York’s borough of Queens, where the line runs underground.
One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired JFK air cargo employee, said the airport named for the slain president was targeted because it is a symbol that would put “the whole country in mourning.”
“It’s like you can kill the man twice,” said Defreitas, 63, who first hatched his plan more than a decade ago when he worked as a cargo handler for a service company, according to the indictment.
Authorities said the men were motivated by hatred toward the U.S., Israel and the West. Defreitas was recorded saying he “wanted to do something to get those bastards.”
Despite their efforts, the men never obtained any explosives, authorities said.
“Pulling off any bombing of this magnitude would not be easy in today’s environment,” said Former U.S. State Department counterterrorism expert Fred Burton, but added it was difficult to determine without knowing all the facts of the case.
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