FBI Thwarts Terrorist Attack at JFK
From the NY Sun.
The FBI has arrested three men and is searching for another in connection with an attempt to blow up an aviation fuelpipe that runs through many high populated areas of NYC.
Russell DeFreitas, the mastermind of the plot, was quoted as saying ‘the destruction would be greater than the 9/11 attacks’ and that destroying JFK airport would be tatamount to assassinating JFK again.
Two other men, Abdul Kadir of Guyana and Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad, were in custody in Trinidad. A fourth man, Abdel Nur of Guyana, was still being sought in Trinidad.
Authorities said Kadir and Nur were longtime associates of a Trinidadian radical Muslim group, Jamaat al Muslimeen, which launched an unsuccessful rebellion in 1990 that left 24 dead
While the plot would not have caused the significant loss of life intended, it certainly would have affected the economy, specifically, the airline industry.
Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline expert and president of Accufacts Inc., an energy consulting firm that focuses on pipelines and tank farms, said the force of explosion would depend on the amount of fuel under pressure, but it would not travel up and down the line.
“That doesn’t mean wackos out there can’t do damage and cause a fire, but those explosions and fires are going to be fairly restricted,” he said.