Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Bush Administration foiled another terrorist plot and charged four men with conspiring to blow up jet fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airport handles on average more than 1,000 flights daily, 45 million passengers annually, along with 1.5 million tons of cargo with an estimated value of $120 billion.

The terrorists targeted the airport because of the popularity of John F. Kennedy. They also thought it would cripple the U.S. economy. You wouldn’t want to do any profiling, but three of the four arrested suspects are named Abdul Kadir, Kareem Ibrahim and Abdel Nur. There are three other men involved outside the United States.

The Justice Department said the men began planning the attack on January 6. They were involved with an international network of Muslim extremists from the United States, Guyana and Trinidad.

You should also note that an important part of the detection and prevention of this attack was the taping of telephone conversations. The plot was actually discovered when the terrorists attempted to recruit a law enforcement informant.
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