This report must be a mistake; after all, John Edwards says there is no terrorist threat: 4 Charged In Plot To Blow Up Jet Fuel At JFK.
NEW YORK — According to NewsChannel4’s Jonathan Dienst, sources said federal investigators have made arrests in an alleged terror plot on Kennedy Airport.
Four people have been charged. One is in custody in New York.
Sources said the plot involved a plan to blow up a jet-fuel pipeline at JFK setting off a potential massive explosion.
Law enforcement officials said the plot may involve a former airport worker.
A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. this afternoon.
What are the odds that at least one of the alleged plotters is named Mohammed?
(Hat tip: LGF readers.)
UPDATE at 6/2/07 9:54:58 am:
One of the alleged plotters, Abdul Kabir, is a former member of the parliament of Guyana, and was arrested in Trinidad.
Some LGF posts on radical Islam in Trinidad:
RoP Murder in Trinidad?
RoP in Trinidad
RoP Leader Arrested in Trinidad
UPDATE at 6/2/07 9:58:42 am:
Again, the media are obsessively asking “experts” whether the plotters were connected to Al Qaeda, and again, it appears they were not.
Let’s all just ignore that big green elephant in the middle of the living room, shall we?
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:02:17 am:
More names: Russell Defreitas (aka Mohammed), Abdul Nur, Kareem Ibrihim and Abdul Kadir.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:08:58 am:
There are connections to the radical Islamic group Jamaat al-Muslimeen. One of our posts about the jihad in Trinidad relates some of the violent history of this group; in 1990, they bombed police headquarters, stormed the Trinidad parliament, and took the prime minister and his cabinet hostage in an attempted coup that killed 24 people. And the plotters in that case were eventually pardoned.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:24:56 am:
Sources said a cargo worker at JFK allegedly began to plot attacking the US last July or August. The cargo worker sought help in carrying out a plan and went to an FBI informant, who gathered information about the plot.
The cargo worker is a U.S. citizen with roots in Guyana. Sources said he be [sic] a former government official in Guyana.
Sources said counter-terrorism officials have been following the plot for a little less than one year.
Sources said the plot involved a plan to blow up a BuckEye jet-fuel pipeline at JFK setting off a potential massive explosion. BuckEye provides fuel to all three NYC-area airports.
Sources said the plot involved putting explosives inside the fuel pipeline but realized that “it was not technically feasible.”
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:37:06 am:
A possible connection to wanted Al Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijumah:
FBI agents feared but never confirmed the three men accused of plotting to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York were linked to one of the most wanted al Qaeda leaders, Adnan Shukrijumah, known to have operated out of Guyana and Trinidad.
Officials tell the Blotter on abcnews.com that they heard repeated references to “Adnan” during the extensive wiretaps conducted on the suspects’ telephone conversations, including calls to Guyana and Trinidad.
There is a $5 million reward for information on Shukrijumah, who officials consider extremely dangerous because of the years he spent living in the Miami area and his known ties to al Qaeda. Some of the 9/ll hijackers attended a south Florida mosque run by Shukrijumah’s now deceased father.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 12:58:53 pm:
More info at Hot Air: Feds bust terror plot at JFK airport in NYC? Update: Guyana and Trinidad? Update: PDF of complaint added.
Here’s the complaint (PDF).