Saturday, June 2, 2007

Boo! The JFK Bombing Plot 'Was Not Technically Feasible' -- But It Scared You Anyway, Didn't It?

Another dangerous terror plot has gone off the rails, if we believe the government officials quoted by ABC News:
Authorities have arrested a former member of Guyana's parliament and a former cargo worker at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City who allegedly recruited an FBI informant to help blow up jet fuel lines at the airport, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
That's beautiful, isn't it?

The "terrorists" recruited an FBI informant!!

I'm sure stuff like that happens all the time.

And so does this:
Officials viewed the alleged plotters as a credible threat, but sources said they apparently did not have the technical savvy to carry out the plot.

The planning for the plot was said to be going on for two to three years but sources claim the alleged plotters were nowhere near any ability to put it into place.

One official said the plan "was not technically feasible." Officials added that the alleged plotters had no explosives and had not yet figured out a way to get some.
We've seen the same sort of thing so often, the story could almost write itself. And it does, courtesy of the Melbourne Herald Sun:
The plot was foiled well before it came to fruition and the FBI said there was no threat to the public from the plot.

“There is no threat to air safety or the public related to this plot,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in Washington.

In their statement in New York, authorities said the plot dated from January 2006 to the present.
... or "two to three years" ... or whatever else you might be willing to believe.

The suspects have been identified:
The four defendants were identified as Russell Defreitas, a US citizen and native of Guyana who was arrested in Brooklyn.

Authorities said Mr Defreitas was the former airport employee.

They said two suspects were in custody in Trinidad and Tobago, and identified those two as Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana and former member of its parliament, and Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

The fourth was named as Abdel Nur, described as a citizen of Guyana.

They provided no other immediate information on Nur.

The plot tapped into an international network of Muslim extremists from the US, Guyana and Trinidad, the statement said.

The law enforcement authorities said the investigation was helped by an informant, who recorded conversations with the suspects.
Of course! There's always an informant who records the conversations with the suspects. And usually it turns out that all the key aspects of the planning for the "foiled plot" were made or instigated by the "informant", who for reasons of political correctness we never call the "agent provocateur".

England's 24 Dash dot Com recalls some similar cases:
A year ago, seven men were arrested in what officials called the early stages of a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago and destroy FBI offices and other buildings.

A month later, authorities broke up a plot to bomb underwater New York City train tunnels to flood lower Manhattan.

And six people were arrested a month ago in an alleged plot to unleash a bloody rampage on Fort Dix in New Jersey.
So there you go! Forget everything else; America is under siege!

If just one of these alleged homegrown terrorist masterminds could make it from one edge of his plan to the other without "recruiting" an FBI informant, we might be in trouble.

Because then all these jokers with plans that aren't technically feasible could ... hurt us ... how?