"He had a vision that would make the WTC attack seem small."
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According to NewsChannel4's Jonathan Dienst, sources said federal investigators have made arrests in an alleged terror plot on Kennedy Airport.
Law enforcement officials said the plot may involved a former airport worker.
A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. this afternoon
UPDATE: 1:15 PMLaw enforcement official calls suspects "al Qaeda wannabes"
Three arrested, one still at large. These men were under surveillance for some time. They were hoping to blow up a jet fuel line so as to set off a series of massive explosions. The fuel line feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods, officials close to the investigation said.(more here)
The official said the plotters had conducted surveillance on giant jet fuel tanks at JFK and the pipeline. They had taken surveillance video of the targets and took it to Trinidad to review the tape, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the arrests were not yet announced.
These Islamic terrorists have been tentatively tied to Jamaat Muslimeen (sp?) "struggle for Islam" - orgininating from Trinidad (the Caribbean is now a hot spot.) Places you least expect.
It seems a Parliamentarian was involved in this plot. Yes, A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL. A former member of the parliament in Guyana, a small South American country between Venezuela and Suriname near the top of the continent. Those arrested include a U.S. citizen; a second U.S. citizen who is a naturalized citizen from Guyana; and one Trinidadian. Authorities are also looking for one more person, who is from Guyana. One of the suspects was an airline worker with "intimate knowledge of entire airport and inner workings of JFK."
One suspect, a U.S. citizen who is a native of Guyana and who once worked at the airport, was described by a source as "a very angry Muslim extremist."
"A very angry Muslim extremist?" Is there any other kind?
Another suspect is a former member of parliament in Guyana, several law enforcement officials said.
A wiretap transcript the FBI gave CNN indicated the plotters targeted the airport because of the popularity of its namesake:
"Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. ... This whole country will be in mourning. It's like you can kill the man twice," the transcript quotes one suspect as saying.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Full article here
In all, four individuals, including the former Guyana parliament
member, Abdul Kadir, and Russell
Defreitas, a U.S. citizen and native
of Guyana who worked as an airport cargo worker, have been charged with
conspiring to attack JFK. (Photo: Abdul Kadir - on the left)
Also in custody are Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad held in Trinidad, and Abdel Nur, a citizen of Guyana. The United States is planning to seek their extradition.
UPDATE: 1:38 pm Liveblogging press conference:
Roslynn Mauskopf, US attorney for the Eastern District of New York: "The most chilling plot imaginable." The damage and carnage impossible to fathom. The devastation that would be caused is just unthinkable."
Plot spread from NY to Guyana and Trinidad.
" Huge concern about the fuel line. The feeding tube that feeds international commerce, airport, residences." "The Buckeye Pipeline (orginates from Allentown Pa.), a 40 million fuel line, runs from New Jersey to Nassau (JFK) ......" It is the central fuel line.
"This plot similar and different to ones in the past (the Lincoln tunnel planned blow up, the '93 stock exchange plot, the Financial District plot) . It is different as it is tied to the Caribbean. Similiar in that it is a self radicalized New Yorker plotting to betray his country with a catastrophic event."
The plot began in the US and then spread to Trinidad and Guyana, officials said.
The group had shown unusual persistence, seeking finance and expert advice and gathering photographic and video surveillance as well as satellite images, said Mr Mershon.
"This is a very determined group," he said.
Growing concern about terror cells in the Caribbean.
"New York has become complacent."
"We urge NY , if you see something, say something!"[what would CAIR say about that? LAWSUIT! - Atlas]
"Look at the world through the eyes, through the prism of September 11th."
One of the suspects (Defreitas - sp?) was quoted as saying: "the attacks would result in the destruction of the whole of JFK and destroy whole parts of Queens. Few people would survive."
"Even the twin towers can't touch it. This would destroy the whole US economy"
The complaint adds that an informant and Defreitas discussed the war in Lebanon in August 2006 and agreed, "Muslims always incur the wrath of the world while the Jews get a pass."
It was at that point, court records say, Defreitas shared with the informant "that he had a vision that would make the WTC attack seem small."
Jamaat Muslimeen (in Trinidad) is the terror group behind the JFK plot
Jihad In Trinidad INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 1/23/2007
Homeland Security: There's a lot of talk about al-Qaida safe havens in Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. But the FBI is closely watching a potential hot spot in our own hemisphere.
Al-Qaida is suspected of having set up a front in the Caribbean island state of Trinidad, and sympathetic jihadists have already launched a movement there to replace Trinidad's Westernized government with Islamic law.
The militant Muslim group Jamaat al-Muslimeen staged a bloody coup attempt in Trinidad last decade that involved the firebombing of police headquarters in Port-of-Spain. A rash of bombings over the past couple of years has been linked to the group, whose leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, recently was released from prison after claiming to be ill.
Local police had arrested him in 2005 after raiding his headquarters and seizing high-powered rifles, grenades, walkie-talkies and 700 rounds of ammo. He awaits trial for inciting religious violence and terrorism.
The number of Bakr's followers is said to be growing, along with the number of kidnappings, murders and bombings in Trinidad. And fears are growing within the Department of Homeland Security and FBI that Trinidadian jihadists could train and export terrorists to strike the U.S.
Trinidad might be harboring the "next Mohamed Atta," a college-educated, English-speaking Saudi native known within al-Qaida as "Jafar the pilot." His real name is Adnan El Shukrijumah, and the FBI considers him "armed and dangerous." He's been connected to al-Qaida plots to attack America with dirty bombs.
Local papers report that Shukrijumah has stayed with friends in Trinidad, and worshiped at local mosques, indicating a possible cell exists there. U.S. authorities at Miami International Airport are closely monitoring inbound flights from that area.
The FBI's Web site says Shukrijumah "carries a Guyanese passport but may attempt to enter the United States with a Trinidadian passport."
Shukrijumah's late father is Guyanese. He taught Arabic and lectured in mosques there and in Trinidad before moving to America to work for the Saudi Embassy and then run a small radical mosque in Florida (which was bankrolled by the former Saudi ambassador, according to Newsweek). Shukrijumah still has relatives in Guyana, which is near Trinidad.
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.
Shukrijumah left the United States just a few months before September 2001. More here
X-FLORIDA USED CAR SALESMAN STILL ON THE LOOSE, LAST SEEN IN AL-QAEDA LINKED TRINIDAD.
X-FLORIDA USED CAR SALESMAN STILL ON THE LOOSE, LAST SEEN IN AL-QAEDA LINKED TRINIDAD.
ADNAN EL-SHUKRIJUMAH LAST SEEN IN TRINIDAD
SEPT. 4th 2006, HIS SSN* 109-84-0648 WAS ISSUED IN NYC DURING 1995; ONE of the world's most wanted terrorists, Al Qaeda operative Adnan el-Shukrijumah, may be still hiding in Trinidad and Tobago and has, in his possession, a T&T passport, his father had been an Iman at the Mosque in Port-au-Spain Trinidad.
Shukrijumah, the FBI says he is "wanted in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States". Local law enforcement officials said they were aware that Shukrijumah was or had been in Trinidad and confirmed they were contacted by the FBI for assistance in the matter.
The father Gulshair El-Shukrijumah (deceased) was the Iman at the Masjid Nur Ul-Islam 3324 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203 for at least 5 years during the 1990's and the Iman at the Masjid Nur UL Islam Mosque in Trinidad during the mid 1980's.
UPDATE: FBI Report, two of the suspects arrested, Abdul Kadir & Abdel Nur, were members of Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JAM) based in Trinidad. Implicated in the JFK terror plot Jamaat Muslimeen LEADER YASIN ABU BAKR -
UPDATE June 3rd 2:03 am: TERRORIST YASIN ABU BAKER TO GO ON TRIAL IN TRINIDAD ON JUNE 11TH 2007 The Guardian
JAMAAT al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr is expected go on trial later this month on terrorism and sedition charges. Bakr has been charged with sedition, promoting a terrorist act and inciting others to breach the peace stemming from his November 2005 Eid sermon at his Mucurapo mosque.
- Bakr charged with sedition and terrorism.
- Trial to start with legal submissions.
FUN IN THE SUN WITH AL-QAEDA IN TRINIDAD LEADER YASIN ABU BAKR;
Yasin Abu Bakr's, aka Lennox Phillip, latest antics (he is in ctr. with "Soldiers of Allah") have led to his arrest and incarceration since November 2005 on terrorism and weapons charges. The latest charges implicate Abu Bakr in a string of bombings that hit Port of Spain and St. James in 2005. He is also accused of ordering the murder of former members of the Jamaat-ul-Fuqra that were expelled or split from the group because of ideological differences to set up an Islamic state in Trinidad or shifts in allegiance to rival Afro-Trinidadian Muslim groups (Tobago & Trinidad Guardian, January 28, 2005). More here atTrinidad and Tobagonews.com
Trinidad's radical Muslim leader released on bail Tuesday, July 18, 2006
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: Trinidad's Muslimeen leader, 64-year-old Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, after spending almost eight months in jail on charges of sedition, has been granted bail in the sum of TT$400,000, he is the head of the Mucurapo Mosque.
Trinidad's radical Muslim leader released on bail
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad:
Trinidad's Muslimeen leader, 64-year-old Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, after spending almost eight months in jail on charges of sedition, has been granted bail in the sum of TT$400,000, he is the head of the Mucurapo Mosque.
Government's drastic anti-crime initiative paid off yesterday, when a large contingent of police and army officers from the Special Anti-crime Unit (SAUTT) and other sections of the Police Service raided the Jamaat al Muslimeen compound at Mucurapo Road.
Armed with search warrants and metal detectors, the officers surrounded the Jamaat compound from as early as 4 am, and ordered that no one enter, or leave.
The action took place while Jamaat al Muslimeen Leader Yasin Abu Bakr was in a cell at the Port-of-Spain CID awaiting his court appearance on four charges arising out of statements allegedly made during Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at the Jamaat compound.
He was only told of the raid at the mosque while he was at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court.
Newsday learnt that officers found a hand grenade, several rounds of ammunition, and an assault rifle. The items were placed in a heavily tinted vehicle and taken to the St James Police Station.