Despite Bomb Threat, it’s Business as Usual at JFK

Posted on June 13, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW YORK CITY — While four men who have been charged with conspiring to blow up one of the nation’s busiest airports sit in custody, travelers continued to flock to JFK Airport for flights this week.

Just days ago, authorities charged the individuals, including mastermind Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen from Guyana who previously worked for a cargo company at JFK, with attempting to blow up fuel tanks and an underground petroleum pipeline known as the Buckeye Pipeline.

“Even the Twin Towers can’t touch it,” Defreitas said in recorded conversations obtained by authorities. “This can destroy the economy of America for some time.” Authorities said that Defreitas targeted JFK Airport because of its economic prowess and symbolism to America.

Two of Defreitas’ conspirators were arrested in Trinidad — Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana who has served as a member of the Guyanese Parliament, and Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad. The last member of the group, Abdel Nur, a citizen of Guyana, surrendered to authorities in Trinidad last week.

“The defendants are charged with conspiring to bomb one of the busiest airports in the United States, located in one of the most densely populated areas in the northeast. Had the plot been carried out, it could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths and destruction,” U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said.

Authorities began tracking the defendants back in January of 2006 after a CIA agent received information about the beginning of a potential terror group.

Some travelers expressed concern about the lack of screening for employees that work at the airport in light of Defreitas’ history of working at JFK, thus giving him inside information about the airport.

“It’s always threatening, but overall we have it covered,” said Jagjit Kaur, who said she never underwent any screening for her job as a promotional demonstrator at the Duty Free Shop at JFK. “You live in a place like this, you have to get used to it.”

“These arrests are another example of how it is that federal, state, and local law enforcement work together to protect our citizens from those who seek to do our country harm,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Source: The Queens (New York) Courier

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Hobnob With LCT Editors At LCT-NLA East Show

The three-day event offers ample time for attendees to introduce themselves, discuss their companies, and talk about important industry matters.

Charges Dropped Against Chauffeur In N.Y. Crash

Carlos Pino was indicted in March on four counts of criminally negligent homicide, four counts of assault, reckless driving, and other crimes.

Techie Invests In Tesla Limo Service

The company has saved more than 11,888 gallons of gas and 110 tons of carbon dioxide in its nearly 217,480 miles of travel so far.

Arizona Operator Knows Quality Affiliations Take Time

The Driver Provider’s Mary Beall dishes out some valuable advice for building strong affiliate relationships.

NLA Supports, Celebrates Charities At LCT East

Early bird and group discounts end today, so don’t miss your chance to attend this event at the show!

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - October 2016 $12.95 COVER STORY: * Leverage Tech To Levitate Your Operations * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close