The FBI has uncovered a plot to bomb the Holland Tunnel in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports. Terrorists reportedly sought to drown the Financial District as New Orleans was by Hurricane Katrina. They also wanted to attack subways and other tunnels. Antiterror officials are alarmed by the “lone wolf” plot of an alleged pledge of financial and tactical support from Jordanian associates of top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before he was killed in Iraq.
Authorities in Beirut arrested one of the alleged conspirators, identified as Amir Andalousli, in recent months. City officials believed the plan could work with enough explosives placed in the middle of the tunnel, which runs underneath the river bed. Others doubted the plot was feasible. Experts said that even if the tunnel cracked, the Financial District would not be flooded because it is above the level of the river. The FBI discovered the plot by monitoring Internet chat rooms, where aspiring terrorists discussed striking the U.S. economy, rather than causing mass casualties.