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Drug Dealer Becomes Hero For Exposing Terror Plot
WCBSTV.COM ^ | 03 JUNE 2007 | AP

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 yes—there 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 Airport—the “chicken farm,” as the planners dubbed their target -- and visiting the Trinidad compound of a radical Muslim group.

On Saturday, the insider—a twice-convicted drug dealer—was 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. “... It’s a movement. It’s a philosophy. And they’re motivated by the same hatred that motivates al-Qaida.”

As in last month’s 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 Brooklyn’s Lindenwood Diner—a 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 don’t necessarily trust, but they need—for guns, explosives, whatever.”

Without informants, Corrigan said, investigators are often left with little more than educated guesswork.

“In most cases, you can’t 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 didn’t 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 country’s 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 he’s 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 informant’s 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.


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How about us Losertarians, huh?
1 posted on 06/03/2007 4:49:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

This reminds me of the TV series Nikita and the movie it was based on Point of No Return.


2 posted on 06/03/2007 5:03:52 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


3 posted on 06/03/2007 5:05:04 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Not only are illegal aliens posing an enormous threat to this country, we also have to be far more selective regarding legal immigrants. So many horrible stories lately have involved also legal immigrants: the mother who hanged her children in the closet, the planned attack on military bases by Albanians, the shootings at the Utah mall, etc.
4 posted on 06/03/2007 5:14:47 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


5 posted on 06/03/2007 5:23:29 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

6 posted on 06/03/2007 5:28:21 PM PDT by Gritty (The best way to deal with the Islamic world is to have as little to do with it as possible -Fjordman)
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To: Gritty

good one ...


7 posted on 06/03/2007 5:55:38 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Jamaat al Muslimeen, a radical Muslim group based in Trinidad

Man, you never hear of radical mooselimbs involved in a terror plot against something somewhere. [/s]
8 posted on 06/03/2007 5:58:31 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
As in last month’s plot at Fort Dix, N.J., authorities said the JFK scheme was a demonstration of homegrown terrorism.

WWFDRD?

 

What would FDR do?

 

9 posted on 06/03/2007 6:04:58 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Gritty

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.


10 posted on 06/03/2007 6:15:23 PM PDT by Cruz
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To: Cruz

Correction, the US needs to stop all muslim immigration


11 posted on 06/03/2007 6:16:06 PM PDT by Cruz
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To: Incorrigible

Institute another Socialist Ponzi scheme...


12 posted on 06/03/2007 6:17:30 PM PDT by rockrr (09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0)
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To: microgood
This reminds me of the TV series Nikita and the movie it was based on Point of No Return. which was based on the the French film La Femme Nikita
13 posted on 06/03/2007 6:19:09 PM PDT by philo
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To: rockrr

That’s a given...

But what else would he do with people perceived as an enemy within?


14 posted on 06/03/2007 6:22:58 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


15 posted on 06/03/2007 6:25:54 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Incorrigible

Um...trample the Constitution?

(OK, now I’m just funnin with ya ;’}


16 posted on 06/03/2007 6:36:44 PM PDT by rockrr (09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0)
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To: rockrr

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.


17 posted on 06/03/2007 8:11:14 PM PDT by RC51
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