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Russell Defreitis: Terrorist or Political Prisoner?

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A US citizen, he allegedly was enlisted to lead a homeland terrorist attack, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other intelligence officials calling it "the American Hiroshima," whether or not true.

In 2003, information suggested he was in Guyana, protected by Rarouk Razac, "a family friend and well-heeled financier." He was seen at the Swiss House Cambio, Razac's money exchange. There he met Imam Humammed Hassan Abrahemi, director of the International Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), allegedly funded by Iran.

Abdul Kadir served as ICAS's assistant director. Defreitas was a Guyanese parliamentary member and Jamaat ul-Muslimeen leader. "This new association (lead) to a plot to a botched FBI sting" and alleged attempt to blow up JFK Airport fuel lines.

On April 2, 2004, two masked men kidnapped Abrahemi, his body found two days later. No one was ever caught. "By this time, the FBI had infiltrated Jamaat ul-Muslimeen," posing as jihadis, working with Kadir and Dufreitas to find Shukrijumah.

Supplying funds and logistical support, they hatched the JFK scheme, what US Attorney Mauskoff called "one of the most chilling plots imaginable," able to cause "unthinkable devastation." In fact, it's technically impossible to achieve. "Jet fuel does not produce explosive force, and the pipelines and fuel tanks that are buried in Queens have safety valves to prevent any mishap."

FBI officials, however, apparently thought this type plot  would lure Shukrijumah from hiding. It didn't. He never appeared at Trinidad or Guyana planning sessions. Instead, Dufreitas, Kadir and two others were entrapped and arrested. FBI officials admitted Shukrijumah's capture "would have been the prize." 

So far, he's still at large. Dufreitas and Kadir, however, got life sentences, though committed no crime. Like hundreds of others, they're victims of America's war on terror, targeting innocent men and women for political advantage.

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