JFK Plotters Courted Extremist Group

FBI more concerned about JAM than bomb
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2007 3:12 PM CDT
JFK Plotters Courted Extremist Group
U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf, left, Mark J. Mershon from the FBI, center, and New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly lead an FBI news conference in New York, Saturday, June 2, 2007. Three people were arrested and one other was being sought Saturday in connection to a plan to set off explosives...   (Associated Press)

The four men accused of plotting to terrorize New York’s JFK airport were courting the support of Jamaat al-Muslimeen, a Caribbean-based extremist group. In a blow-by-blow of the plotters' movements and motives, the New York Times reveals plans to meet the group notorious for a botched 1990 coup in Trinidad, but now better known as drug runners.

The JAM connection is one reason the FBI blew the whistle on the four schemers. "They didn’t have the money and they didn’t have the bombs,” an official told the Times, “but if we let it go it could have gotten there; they could have gotten the J.A.M. fully involved, and we wouldn’t know where it could have gone.” (More terror plots stories.)

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