It had been in the planning stages since January 2006. Via CBS:
(CBS) NEW YORK Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired airport employee was the mastermind behind 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.
Defreitas developed his hatred for America a decade ago while working as a cargo handler at JFK airport. While working at the airport, he said he saw military parts being shipped to Israel that he thought would be used to kill Muslims. Last August, he began planning an attack along with three other Muslim men, one of which was an FBI informant.
The FBI says they have recorded several conversations between the two during an 18-month investigation. Sources tell CBS 2 that on Friday, Defreitas told the informant he believed the authorities may be on to him, prompting the feds to move in.
Three of the 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.”
Authorities said all four were motivated by a pattern of hatred toward the U.S., Israel and the West.
Defreitas said the airport was a symbol that would put “the whole country in mourning.”
“Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States” he said on a recording made by a police informant. “They love John F. Kennedy like he’s the man … It’s like you can kill the man twice.”
The plot, which the men code-named “Chicken Farm” never got past the planning stages, authorities said.
“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.”
Hats off to the feds for busting open this plot before it ever had the chance to get beyond the planning stages. Of course, expect the usual suspects on the left to seize on that little tidbit of information about it never getting past the planning stages in order to pooh pooh this threat (as they have several others that have been thwarted over the last several years, like the NY/NJ path tunnels plot, Miami 7 plot, the British airliner plot, and Ft. Dix) as not being a “big deal.” These are the same type of people who would have said the same thing had the 9-11 plot been thwarted before it had the chance to happen.
Remember: It’s Bush’s “fault” when they don’t happen, and Bush’s “fault” when they do.
Allah’s got a link roundup of stories related to the thwarted plot.
Pajamas Media has links to a few leftie blogs already downplaying this threat. Surprise surprise.