2 Men Convicted in Kennedy Airport Plot
By A. G. SULZBERGER AUG. 2, 2010
A federal jury found two Guyanese men guilty on Monday of conspiring to attack Kennedy International Airport, concluding a monthlong trial that focused on their plan to blow up fuel tanks and set off a series of explosions along a pipeline that cuts through New York City.The plot never advanced beyond the conceptual stage, and the planning sessions, some of which were recorded by a confidential informant, were alternately grandiose and absurd. Talk of destroying the American economy mixed with suggestions of a “ninja-style” attack.As in some other recent terrorism cases, the threat as officials described it at the time of the arrests seemed to exceed the suspects’ capacity. Like most of those cases, though, it resulted in conviction.The defendants, Russell M. Defreitas and Abdul Kadir, had been monitored from an early stage in the plot by the informant, who posed as a member of the group, which included a number of other participants.The informant, Steven Francis, had recorded the men at the airport during surveillance missions and on international trips to secure financial and logistical support for the attack.The recordings were used by federal prosecutors to portray Mr. Defreitas, 67, an immigrant who became a United States citizen and is a former cargo handler at the airport, as the “homegrown extremist” who conceived and drove the plot.Mr. Kadir, 58, a prominent Guyanese politician who served in Parliament and as mayor of a major city, initially emerged as a secondary figure, one of several conspirators portrayed as facilitating the plot by providing advice and contacts. But in testifying in his own defense, he opened himself to questions about whether he had spied for Iran.
The case, with its international reach, high-profile target and unusual cast of characters, drew headlines when the men were arrested more than three years ago.
Lawyers for two men convicted Monday on terrorism charges plan to appeal. Toni Messina and Kafahni Nkrumah represented Abdul Kadir.
Credit Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
The United States attorney in Brooklyn at the time, Roslynn R. Mauskopf, said the planned attack had the potential to cause “unfathomable damage, deaths and destruction.”
But as time went on, more was revealed about the plot and the unlikelihood of its success (the fuel pipeline, for example, had safety mechanisms to prevent cascading explosions), as well as the level of government involvement (the informant had played a somewhat enabling role in pushing forward the plot).
The verdict came after five days of deliberations in a trial before Judge Dora L. Irizarry in United States District Court in Brooklyn. Both men showed no emotion as the decision was read.
Mr. Defreitas and Mr. Kadir face possible sentences of life in prison after their convictions on five counts of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Mr. Defreitas was also convicted of surveillance of an airport; Mr. Kadir was acquitted of that charge. They are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15. Their lawyers said they planned to appeal.
Two other men, Abdel Nur and Donald Nero, have pleaded guilty to participating in the plot. Another man, Kareem Ibrahim, is awaiting trial.
A lawyer for Mr. Kadir said he was disappointed but not surprised by the verdict, because the case played on concerns about Muslims and terrorism that are particularly resonant in New York.
“There was more than just the evidence Mr. Kadir was up against,” the lawyer, Kafahni Nkrumah, said. “There was the atmosphere of fear in the country.”
Once the trial began on June 30, intrigue grew over which of the two defendants presented the greater threat. Mr. Defreitas had been the focus of the prosecutors’ opening statements, but by closing arguments, Mr. Kadir’s name was mentioned nearly as often.
The voluminous recordings played in court left little doubt that Mr. Defreitas had tried to push the plot forward: he videotaped the airport, traveled to Guyana and Trinidad searching for like-minded Muslim militants, and frequently boasted of the damage the attack would cause — promising that it would be “worse than the World Trade Center.”
Mildred Whalen and Len H. Kamdang represented Russell M. Defreitas.
Credit Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
A prosecutor said the tapes showed him “doing everything he can to make his nightmare a reality.”
Mr. Defreitas, a frail, gray-haired man who watched the trial in a listless slouch, was portrayed by his lawyers as what one of them said was “a man with a small mind, a big mouth and an ugly imagination.”
They said he lacked the resources or sophistication to pull off the attack without the constant encouragement and assistance of Mr. Francis, who purchased a camera for their surveillance missions and had to instruct him how to use it.
“Russell Defreitas can’t mastermind his way out of the on-off switch on a video camera,” one of his lawyers said.
In contrast, Mr. Kadir’s profile grew during the trial, particularly after his decision to testify in his own defense. Until that point, his contributions to the plot were less tangible, like suggesting that the men use Google Earth to view satellite photos of the airport; agreeing to store money for the plot in a bank account for his mosque; and helping to establish the code name for the attack: “the chicken farm.”
But once on the stand, he was confronted with circumstantial evidence of ties to Iran, to which he was traveling when he was arrested in Trinidad in June 2007. The evidence included letters he wrote to the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela and to an Iranian diplomat who has been accused of leading a major terrorist plot in South America. Mr. Kadir denied spying for the country.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, of the 591 individuals charged in terrorism-related cases that have been resolved, only 9 were acquitted, according to the Center on Law and Security at New York University.
Francesca Laguardia, director of research for the N.Y.U. center, who was present for most of the trial, said the Iranian connections provided legitimacy to a trial in which the seriousness of the allegations contrasted with the appearance of Mr. Defreitas, who inspired “no fear whatsoever.”
“One of the interesting things we learned is how much doesn’t come out in these court cases,” Ms. Laguardia said. “We never would have found out all these connections with Iran, if he hadn’t gotten on the stand.”
“Maybe it’s an example of the reason,” she added, “why law enforcement takes cases seriously that the rest of us don’t take seriously.”
A version of this article appears in print on August 3, 2010, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: 2 Men Convicted Of Airport Plot.
(The New York Times, August 2, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/nyregion/03kennedy.html ,emphasis added)
QUESTION: The agent provocateur was working for the CIA or the FBI. Was Mr. Kadir secretly working for the CIA??
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The 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot was an alleged Islamist terrorist plot to blow up a system of jet fuel supply tanks and pipelines that feed fuel to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens, New York. These pipelines travel throughout the undergrounds of New York City in densely populated areas. The alleged plot was foiled when an undercover law enforcement official was recruited to the homegrown terrorist cell.
The suspects were Russell Defreitas, a United States citizen and native of Guyana who was the alleged ringleader and worked for a time at the airport; Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana and former member of the Guyanese National Assembly; Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago; and Abdel Nur, a citizen of Guyana and uncle of former world welterweight boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis.In a recorded conversation, Russell Defreitas allegedly told an informant that “Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow…. They love JFK – he’s like the man. If you hit that, the whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice.” Defreitas had allegedly seen arms and missiles being shipped to Israel which he felt would be used to harm Muslims.The men are alleged to have named the plot “Chicken Farm”. Extensive surveillance of the targets including the use of satellite photographs had been done and attempts had been made to reach out to another Islamist terrorist group. No explosives had been bought.A New York City police source told Newsday that investigators were probing a possible Iran connection to the plot because Abdul Kadir planned to visit that country. In Trinidad, police reportedly investigated whether Kareem Ibrahim had ties to Iraq and Iran. On August 6 it emerged that U.S. authorities would allege the plotters planned to seek help from Iran. According to US court documents, Kadir was the disciple of Mohsen Rabbani, an Iranian diplomat accused of being one of the masterminds behind the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.
Arrests and trial
Defreitas was arrested in Brooklyn, New York. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad on June 3, 2007. Nur surrendered to police two days later in Trinidad.On June 25, 2008 Kareem Ibrahim, Abdel Nur and Abdul Kadir were extradited to the United States. They pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to “cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks”. The men were ordered held without bail pending a hearing scheduled for August 7. Russell Defreitas is being held after an earlier not guilty plea. On June 29 the four men were indicted on charges with conspiring to “cause death, serious bodily injury and extensive destruction” at the airport. On August 6, a judge ordered three of the alleged plotters extradited to the United States. On August 2, 2010, Kadir and Defreitas were convicted in the JFK airport bomb plot. In 2011, Ibrahim was found guilty of the JFK Airport bomb plot, and in February 2012, Ibrahim was sentenced to life to prison.The informant in the case was a longtime cocaine dealer who cooperated with investigators after being convicted of possession of about $2 million worth of cocaine in 2003, according to court documents posted on thesmokinggun.com. The 36-year-old man is described in the documents as a onetime member of a violent drug gang first convicted in 1996 of selling cocaine and crack and being part of a conspiracy to murder a rival drug kingpin. The rival survived the attempted hit, according to the federal complaint in the drug trafficking and racketeering case. After the web posting according to FBI spokesman James Margolin. “We’re concerned about the safety of the Source and are taking measures to safeguard him.”
Controversy over the seriousness of the plot
A debate has emerged in the wake of plot about the seriousness of a threat this plot posed and how seriously foiled plots should be taken in general. Criticism has emerged to the statement by U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf that the plot could have “one of the most chilling plots imaginable,” which might have caused “unthinkable” devastation. According to critics such as Bruce Schneier the plot was never operational and the public had never been at risk. And the notion of blowing up the airport, let alone the borough of Queens, by exploding a fuel tank was in all likelihood a technical impossibility. Also cited are a portrait emerging of alleged mastermind Russell Defreitas as hapless and episodically homeless, and of co-conspirator Abdel Nur as a drug addict.The New York Times put the story of the plot on page 37 the day after the plot was announced. Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review writing in the New York Post, criticized the Times’ decision saying “Foiled terror plots often will seem ridiculous and unlikely, especially when they are pre-empted” but should be taken seriously. Rep. Peter King, former chairman and member of the United States House Committee on Homeland Security, dismissed criticism of law enforcement as “the price of success when you haven’t been attacked in six years. We’ve gone from criticizing them for not doing enough immediately after 9/11 to now criticizing them too much.”
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