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03 June 2007 :: 18:06:45 pm 30798

They Aimed To Kill Thousands In JFK Airport

Four extremists hatched a plot to blow up Kennedy Airport and swaths of Queens by attacking fuel tanks and an underground petroleum pipeline - in hopes of igniting a catastrophic explosion that would eclipse 9/11, authorities said yesterday.
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One of the Muslim men, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen who had worked for a cargo company at the airport, boasted to an informant that “he had a vision that would make the World Trade Center attack seem small,” authorities said.

“The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf.

The ringleaders were identified as radicals with ties to Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Three suspects, including a former member of the Guyanese parliament, have been arrested. The fourth was still being sought.

Defreitas, 63, was busted at the Lindenwood Diner in Brooklyn late Friday. He allegedly told a federal informant that Kennedy Airport, which handles an average of 1,000 flights a day and 45 million passengers a year, was chosen because of its economic importance – and symbolic connection to the slain President.

“They [Americans] loved John F. Kennedy like he’s the man. If you hit that, the whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice,” he said, according to authorities.

The bearded defendant, wearing a knee-length, olive-green tunic with matching pants, looked tired and did not enter a plea yesterday during a brief appearance in Brooklyn Federal Court. A patch featuring the continent of Africa and a lion was sewn into one of his sleeves.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Knox called Defreitas the homegrown extremist behind the chilling terror plot whose goal was “to kill as many people as possible.”

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