Four Muslim men were foiled from carrying out a plot to destroy John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through populous residential neighborhoods, authorities said Saturday.
Three men were arrested and one was being sought in Trinidad on Saturday. In an indictment charging the four men, one of them is quoted as saying the plot would “cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks.”
Was this what Adam Gadahn was referring to when he said that America will suffer a fate worse than 9/11 if we don’t do what he says?
One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired JFK employee, said the airport was 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.
So this plan was created when Bill Clinton was president. But according to anti-war liberals, it is George Bush’s war in Iraq that’s fostering hatred toward American and creating terrorists. And John Edwards insists that there’s no war on terror, that it’s just a “bumper sticker slogan” that Bush created to scare the American people. Well the terrorists are still very much at war with us, Mr. Edwards. No matter how hard you try, wishing them away won’t work.
The article continues:
“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.”
Authorities said they were motivated by a pattern of hatred toward the U.S., Israel and the West.
Defreitas was recorded saying he “wanted to do something to get those bastards.”
Update II: Andy McCarthy at The Corner notes that the New York Times print edition covered the JFK plot but not until page 37. On the Times’ webpage, the story was placed “up front,” but mixed in with several other stories like “Bush’s Push on Immigration Tests his Base,” “A Legal Debate in Guantanamo on Boy Fighters,” and “In New India, an Old Industry Buoys Peasants.” The most prominent article, however, is about why the Miss Universe pageant’s Mexican audience booed Miss USA. Yep, the Times has its priorities in line, alright.
Update III: LGF is following Daily Kos’ reaction to the JFK plot. In their typical paranoid, conspiratorial fashion, the Kos Kidz are absolutely certain this whole story is a lie.