Skip to comments.Drug Dealer Becomes Hero For Exposing Terror Plot
Posted on 06/03/2007 4:49:17 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK -- The question was simple: Would you like to die as a martyr? The putative terrorist unhesitatingly replied yesthere was no greater way to die in Islam.
The right answer put the man in the midst of a terrorist plot conceived as more devastating than the 9/11 attacks. He was soon making surveillance trips around John F. Kennedy International Airportthe chicken farm, as the planners dubbed their target -- and visiting the Trinidad compound of a radical Muslim group.
On Saturday, the insidera twice-convicted drug dealerwas revealed as a government informant whose surreptitious work undermined a plot to destroy the Queens airport by exploding a jet fuel pipeline. The case demonstrated the growing importance of informants in the war on terrorism, particularly as smaller radical groups become more aggressive.
al Qaeda is a philosophy now, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Sunday on CBS Face The Nation, explaining the spread of terrorism beyond geographic boundaries. ... Its a movement. Its a philosophy. And theyre motivated by the same hatred that motivates al-Qaida.
As in last months plot at Fort Dix, N.J., authorities said the JFK scheme was a demonstration of homegrown terrorism. Mastermind Russell Defreitas, 63, immigrated to the U.S. more than 30 years ago, but he told the federal informant that his feelings of disgust toward his adopted homeland had lingered for years.
Before terrorism started in this country, he said in one secretly recorded conversation. Defreitas, in custody Sunday pending a bail hearing, was arrested Friday night outside Brooklyns Lindenwood Dinera spot once bugged by federal officials tracking former Gambino family boss John A. Junior Gotti.
Tom Corrigan, a former member of the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, said the JFK and Fort Dix cases illustrated the need for inside information. Six men were arrested in a plot to attack soldiers at the New Jersey military base after an FBI informant infiltrated that group.
These have been two significant cases back-to-back where informants were used, Corrigan said. These terrorists are in our own backyard. They may have to reach out to people they dont necessarily trust, but they needfor guns, explosives, whatever.
Without informants, Corrigan said, investigators are often left with little more than educated guesswork.
In most cases, you cant get from A to B without an informant, said the ex-NYPD detective. Most times when an informant tells you what is going on, speculation becomes reality. What an investigator thought or presumed is happening is (often) really happening.
The four Muslim men accused in the JFK plot didnt turn to Pakistan, Iran or Afghanistan for support after targeting the airport, home to an average 1,000 daily flights and 45 million passengers annually.
Instead, according to a federal complaint, the informant and defendants Kareem Ibrahim and Defreitas visited a compound belonging to the Jamaat al Muslimeen, a radical Muslim group based in Trinidad. When Defreitas discussed his radical brothers with the informant, he made it clear they were not Arabs, but from Trinidad and Guyana.
The complaint also made clear how deeply the informant had infiltrated the small band of would-be terrorists. While Defreitas, a retired JFK airport cargo worker, made four reconnaissance missions to the airport with the informant, federal authorities captured each one on audio and video equipment.
Ibrahim and another suspect, Abdul Kadir, were in custody in Trinidad awaiting extradition hearings. Officials identified Kadir as a former mayor of a Guyanese town and a member of the countrys Parliament.
Authorities in Trinidad were still seeking a fourth suspect, Abdel Nur.
The informant, while convincing in his role, had something else on his side: God. Defreitas, according to a federal complaint, believed the informant had been sent by Allah to be the one to pull off the bombing.
In a strange twist, Defreitas also invoked the name of televangelist Pat Robertson during a Jan. 3 phone conversation. The terror suspect mentioned hearing Robertson predicting a tsunami would strike the U.S. coastline in 2006, causing major damage.
So hes probably not too far off, eh? said the unidentified other man on the call, laughing.
Last year, informants played a major role in two other terror cases. In June 2006, an informant posing as an al-Qaida operative helped bring down a plot to blow up the Sears Tower. Five of the seven men arrested in that alleged terrorist group were U.S. citizens.
And in May 2006, an NYPD informants testimony led to the conviction of a man plotting to blow up the busy Herald Square subway station in midtown Manhattan.
Some defense attorneys are calling the use of informants to investigate terror plots entrapment, but Police Commissioner Kelly says he leaves that for the courts to decide.
This reminds me of the TV series Nikita and the movie it was based on Point of No Return.
Where else is law enforcement going to get informants?
They don’t get informants from convents.
That is just the nature of the business of law enforcement.
The only time I’m thinking it would be entrapment is if the feds used a mole to try to bring people into a cell who weren’t part of the plot before the mole was inserted. Or if they started a fake terror cell and tried to get people to join.
good one ...
What would FDR do?
Funny, but true. 1 in 4 Muslims in this country are walking time bombs. I need to halt all muslim immigration into this country. One of these airport terrorists has been in this country 30 YEARS. You never know when they will get SJS - sudden jihad syndrome. Enough Is Enough.
Correction, the US needs to stop all muslim immigration
Institute another Socialist Ponzi scheme...
That’s a given...
But what else would he do with people perceived as an enemy within?
I don’t see a threat from anywhere in the world except the muzzies. China is getting big, North Korea is huffing and puffing and Putin is putting on a show for his own people. The only people carrying out threats are the muzzies. WE should immediately block all further muzzie immigration.
Um...trample the Constitution?
(OK, now I’m just funnin with ya ;’}
My first day as President:
1. Declare that Islam is a political movement disguised as a religion.
2. Declare political Islam as a direct threat to our Republic.
3. Ban any foreign money’s intended to spread Islam within the United States.
4. Ban outside advocacy and support of Islam in our nation’s prison system.
5. Implement a “Muslim test” on any US Visa, Passport, Work permit etc. The precedent for this would be the “communist test” performed during the cold war.
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