The planned terrorist attack

Actually, the plan to destroy the airport in New York was not realistic, money and explosives were missing, but it is still a top news item

In the U.S. yesterday, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice announced in dramatic terms at a press conference the arrest of a group of men who since last summer have been planning a crude attack on the John F. Kennedy International Airport should have been planned. The news shortly before the G8 summit, which was carried by all the American media, was aptly received by security politicians, because it was a sign that they were taking measures against what is also known in this country as the "arms embargo "home grown"-Justifies terrorism and its links abroad. However, this attack plan seems to have been more a fantasy of those involved than a real threat.

Not only since 11.9., but for everyone since then it has become clear that terrorism on the global level has become a phenomenon, which provides media attention and prominence to the perpetrators of the crime, surpassing all previous attacks. The spirit of terrorism has, for example, been evoked by the Bavarian radio station B5, which since 11.9. advertises for its news that the world can change in five minutes. In fact, the terrorist attacks of 11.9. changed the world, created new wars and alliances, ensured rebellion, surveillance and restriction of civil rights, hardened enemy images and conjured up the image of a permanent war, which must be waged everywhere and by any means and to which everything must be subordinated. With laughable funding and a little logistical skill, a handful of young men, albeit determined to die, achieved what they wanted: maximum attention and impact, because politicians and the media willingly played along.

No wonder that such successes, reinforced by the predicament in which Western troops find themselves despite their superiority in the Hindu Kush and Iraq, where the respective countries are defended, trigger a maelstrom. Presumably, all over the world, people who are dissatisfied, rebellious, or who feel oppressed, at present usually Muslims, are hatching audacious terrorist plots in their usually rather pale utopia of a global Ummah, united in a Muslim world and God’s kingdom. This was a way to create a bloody monument for oneself, to enter the ranking list of gross assassins, to achieve world fame in the media, and perhaps also to become a martyr in the crude battle against the "Crusader" enter. Today, it is no longer generals and commanders, but terrorists who gain fame, which in the past was often achieved through brutality.

The defendants are charged with conspiring to bomb one of the busiest airports in the United States, located in one of the most densely populated areas in the northeast – had the plot been carried out, it could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths, and destruction. But, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of law enforcement, the defendants’ plan never reached the operational stage, and the public was never at risk. We remain unwavering in our commitment to stop terrorist plots before they become terrorist acts and will spare no effort to secure the safety of the public.

U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf.

Terror Plot "One Of The Most Chilling Imaginable"

The involvement of the media – leaving aside politics in the form of the U.S. government, which might benefit from an uncovered terrorist attack at this time – can be observed even now. One title, for example, was: Terror Plot "One Of The Most Chilling Imaginable", was gratefully accepted by the Suddeutsche Zeitung, for example: "Destruction would have been unimaginable". In the usual journalistic manner, events must be dramatized, because attention must be aroused by something new and unique. It must have been true that the planners of the attacks were far from being able to realize their fantasies, especially since this was probably not even technically possible. But with it no rough story is to be made, why now also only vague conceptions must be inflated for lack of home grown terrorists, because obviously the innumerable attacks and fights in the far away Iraq and in Afghanistan do not seem to move the people before the screens.

Arrested in New York were Russell Defreitas, a former cargo worker from the J.F.K airfield, a 63-year-old U.S. citizen who hails from Guyana, and in Trinidad Abdul Kadir, a former member of parliament from Guyana, and Kareem Ibrahim. Abdel Nur, another member of the group, is still at large. The group reportedly tried to pitch its plans to radical groups in South America and the Caribbean in order to obtain funding. Kadir and Nur had known members of the terrorist group Jamaat Al Muslimeen ("JAM") from Trinidad. However, nothing seems to have come out of the financing efforts.

Since January 2006, the group has been monitored by the FBI. It was even possible to smuggle in an undercover investigator as an informant, who traveled with Defreitas to Guyana and Trinidad and secretly recorded numerous conversations, as one can read in the indictment, and at the same time be informed of the unfinished nature of the plan. After that, Defreitas wanted to destroy the whole airport and advertised the plan in such a way that the attacks on the WTC towers did not even come close to his plans. They would severely damage the American economy, cost many lives and damage the national symbol of Kennedy: "Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow …. They love John F. Kennedy like he’s the man … If you hit that, this whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice."

The plan, by terrorists not affiliated with al-Qaeda, was apparently to blow up the tanks and pipelines for the planes’ fuel. Since the pipelines to the airport also pass through residential areas, such an attack could have had devastating effects. But it seems to be a fantasy that the terror conspirators could not have realized even if they had money and explosives. Even an explosion of a tank at the airport, a company employee said, had not blown up the pipeline. According to the New York Times, security officials had said there had been no direct threat to the airport. Never mind, for the government, represented by Mauskopf, it is clear that the outcome of the attack would have been unimaginable if they had not intervened boldly:

The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable. The charges that were filed today give you a window into how these plots come about, how these plots are developed, how these plots have international connections, how this particular one spread from the United States, Brooklyn, New York, through Queens, J.F.K. Airport, abroad into Guyana and Trinidad.

Defreitas had scouted the airport for the planned attacks. However, there does not seem to be unanimous opinion about the capabilities of this terrorist. According to an employee of the security authorities, he is an "sad sack" had been no "Grade A terrorist". Another investigator said that there was a credible intention to carry out an attack, but no executable plan.

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