This is not the lead in any of the COMA (Corporate Media) stories about the alleged terror plot to blow up JFK airport:
New York, June 3 -- A convicted drug dealer infiltrated an anti-American coffee klatch of four grumpy old men and recorded them saying angry things, authorities revealed today, unsealing an indictment against the men, three of whom have been arrested. The drug dealer received cash from the FBI, and will receive a reduced sentence.
The COMA stories will not continue:
Authorities accused members of the terror cell 4OMCK ("Four Old Men's Coffee Klatch") of using Google Earth to look at aerial photos of JFK airport, and of seeking (but not receiving) money and bombs from a Trinidadian group, Jamaat Al-Muslimeen, which is alleged to be a gang of common criminals.
However, the New York Times does acknowledge the following:
(*) An unnamed law enforcement official said, "they didn't have the money and they didn't have the bombs, but...." ("Everyone I know has a big but.")
(*) JFK airport "was never in imminent danger because the plot was only in a preliminary phase and the co-conspirators [sic -- no "alleged"] had yet to lay out detailed plans or obtain financing or explosives."
(*) The ages reported for 3 of the 4 defendants are 57, 61, and 63. The fourth man's age was not reported.
(*) An unnamed official described the 63-year-old man as "a sad sack" and "not a grade-A terrorist," but was quoting adding another big "but".
And (*) "an informant with a criminal history including drug trafficking and racketeering agreed to work with investigators on the case, in exchange for payments and a reduced sentence." (Thanks for not leaving that out, NYT.)
But for the fact that they didn't have anything going on, the threat was monstrous. JFK has a thousand takeoffs and landings a day, and sees 45 million passengers a year. The "plan" (preliminary phase or no) was to blow up fuel tanks and lines.
But for the fact that "oil industry experts said safety shut-off valves would almost assuredly have prevented an exploding airport fuel tank from igniting all or even part of the network" of capillary-like fuel lines, the threat was monstrous.
The threat was monstrous, and the plot was broken up just in time.
That's the lead in the COMA stories.
The FBI's press release is here (PDF warning).
The story on The Scotsman has a comments thread that's fun to read in your Groundskeeper Willie voice.
The BBC has a recap of Jamaat Al-Muslimeen's 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad.
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