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Prosecutor Marshall Miller inverted truth saying Defreitas led the conspiracy. Francis merely followed, not acting as a paid government provocateur/informant.
A February 17 New York Field Office press release said Defreitis "originated the idea to attack JFK Airport and its fuel tanks and pipelines by drawing on his prior experience working at the airport as a cargo handler. (He) recruited others (in the) plot during multiple trips to Guyana and Trinidad."
"Between trips, (he) engaged in video surveillance of JFK Airport and transported (it) back to Guyana to show Kadir and their co-conspirators. Kadir, a trained engineer with (alleged) connections to militant groups in Iran and Venezuela, provided the conspirators with links to individuals with terrorist experience, advice on explosive materials, and a bank account through which to finance the terrorist attack."
In fact, from the start, FBI operatives orchestrated everything. According to Defreitis' attorney Whelan:
He "can't mastermind his way out of an on-off-switch on a video camera," let alone plan an intricate plot. He's, in fact, "a guppy the government (tried) to pass off as a shark," an innocent man with a big mouth. Moreover, Francis not only bought the video camera, but taught him how to use if, and supplied transportation to entrap. He created the plot. "I think it's clear these guys couldn't (and didn't) act on their own...."
Kadir's attorney, Kafahni Nkrumah, said he "never assisted in advancing the (alleged) objectives of the conspiracy." He was only on the receiving end of phone calls and visits, declined to travel with his co-defendants, and never came to New York. He added that practicing Shia Islam is no crime. "We live in a dangerous world, but convicting an innocent man doesn't make us safer."
On August 4, 2010, Wilkes University and University of Scranton Professor Paul L. Williams headlined, "Would Be Terrorists Become Victims of Federal Entrapment," saying:
"The JFK plot (was) a ploy. (It) was conceived not by a radical Islamic group but rather by the Federal Bureau of Investigation." They engineered it, according to court records, to capture Adnan el Shukrijumah, "the Most Wanted Terrorist in the Western Hemisphere."
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