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Muslim Who Plotted JFK Bombings Given Life

February 17, 2011

February 17 2011- Militant Islam Monitor -Russell Defreitas, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana has been given a life sentence for his role in the plot to blow up the fuel pipeline under JFK airport. He is a retired cargo handler at the airport. Defreitas was charged together with three other men in the plot. One of the men, Abdul Kadir, was a former member of the Guyanese parliament.

According to the New York Times:

Prosecutors said Mr. Defreitas came up with a sinister plan intended to cause a chain reaction of explosions along a pipeline that runs between the airport and other parts of New York City. The conspirators hoped to destroy the country's economy, prosecutors said, and tried to contact Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah, a Qaeda operative with explosives training.

Defreitas became radicalized when he saw weapons being exported to Israel through the airport and spoke of punishing the United States with attacks that would "dwarf 9/11".

"It will take out the whole, entire area," Defreitas told a government informant. "The whole of Kennedy will go up in smoke." Defreitas added that "A few people might escape, but to where? The Jamaica Bay?"

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