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Arrests Made in NY Airport Bombing Plot

(UPDATES below)

NPR: Several Arrests Made in Suspected JFK Airport Plot

Federal officials say that a terrorist plot centering on New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has been foiled. At least three people -- including one airport employee -- have been arrested in connection to the plot; a fourth person is being sought.

Investigators believe the suspects were going to use explosives to target a fuel line to the airport in New York's Queens borough. The plot did not involve airplanes or passenger terminals, but instead centered on critical infrastructure around the international airport.

The plot was in the earliest stages of planning -- the suspects had not yet bought explosives, FBI officials in New York told NPR.

UPDATE I: The New York Times

The plot involved a former airport worker in his 60s, who is a United States citizen of Guyanese descent and lives in New York, and a former member of the Guyanese parliament, who is also an imam. Both men, along with one other, are in custody, law enforcement officials said today.

Authorities are seeking the fourth man.

If convicted, the men could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Two senior law enforcement officials said that there was no imminent threat to the airport and that the men had yet to obtain any explosives. They had conducted surveillance and the former airport worker had made several trips to Guyana and one trip to Trinidad and Tobago to try to get support for the plot.

The airport worker sought the support of a Muslim rebel group in Trinidad and Tobago that attacked the parliament there in 1990.


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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore:

Not to underestimate the plot ...but this is garnering alot of publicity whereas truckloads of weapon and amno were found recently belonging to a right wing militia group in Alabama ...but no plot and no publicity outside Alabama.

gattsuru:

Or could it possibly be because felony tax evasion isn't particularly impressive on its own?

I mean, we know paranoid nutcases who refused to fill out the right paperwork and deal with the transfer taxes and wait times for legal destructive devices under a class III are dangerous, what with no plans and a tendencies like booby traps (I'm a little suspicious about those, since booby trapping is illegal and impossible to justify as self-defense, but not one of the charges placed against included individuals).

But I think there's a pretty obvious distinction.


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