Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Muslims convicted for NYC terror plot "One of the most chilling plots imaginable"
A Brooklyn federal jury yesterday convicted two men of plotting to kill thousands of people and cripple the US economy by blowing up the fuel pipeline at Kennedy Airport.
Russell Defreitas, 67, of Queens, and Abdul Kadir, 58, a pistol-packing Shiite convert and former member of the Guyanese parliament, were found guilty of plotting what the US attorney called "one of the most chilling plots imaginable."
It took the jury five days to convict Defreitas on five counts and Kadir on four counts of conspiring to blow up the airport and of related charges. Kadir was acquitted of one count of surveillance of a mass-transportation facility.
"Even the Twin Towers can't touch it," Defreitas was recorded telling a government mole. "This can destroy the economy of America for some time."
Although prosecutors have said that there was no al Qaeda link to the plot, Defreitas went to South America looking for top terror leader Adnan Shukrijumah to help him with logistics.