Four men charged with plotting to bomb fuel tanks and a pipeline at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport had no direct ties to al-Qaeda though they had the "same hatred'' that motivates the terrorist group, the city's police commissioner said.
The men were searching for money and explosives when the plot was foiled, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today on CBS's "Face the Nation,'' a day after authorities disclosed the alleged conspiracy. The men made several trips to Guyana, where "clearly, there were explosives available,'' Kelly said.
"While people will say it wasn't operational, they had
done up to four surveillances,'' FBI spokesman John Miller said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos.'' He added, "They were searching for funding and explosives, so on that level it was certainly operational."
The four men, including a retired cargo employee and a
former member of Guyana's parliament, were charged with conspiring to attack the airport with explosives. Three were arrested and one was being sought. The men had ties to the radical group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, which was responsible for a deadly 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad, officials said yesterday.
Though the men had no direct connection to Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaeda organization, "It's a movement,'' Kelly said. "It's a philosophy. And they're motivated by the same hatred that motivates al-Qaeda.'' [...]
Hatched in 2006
The JFK airport plot was hatched in January 2006 in New York and was broken up with the aid of an informant while still in the planning stages, Mark Mershon, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York office, said yesterday.
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