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Saturday, July 16, 2005

[Un]Fair Warning

It appears that our spoiled rich kids in D.C. may have known about the plans for the London bombing 2 years in advance, and apparently warned the bombers just before a planned capture raid by British authorities. Accidentally, no doubt, but the result was still 4 bombs blowing up and lots of dead and maimed Britons:

The London bombers, per ABC, are connected to an Al Qaeda plot planned two years ago in Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistani authorities recovered the laptop of a captured Al Qaeda leader, Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, on July 13, 2004. On that laptop, they found plans for a coordinated series of attacks on the London subway. According to an expert interviewed by ABC, "there is absolutely no doubt that Khan was part of a worldwide Al Qaeda operation, not just in the United States but also in Great Britain and throughout the west."

ABC reports that names in the computer matched a suspected cell of Britain's of Pakistani decent, many of who lived near the town of Luton, England. According to ABC, authorities thought they had stopped the subway plot with the arrest of more than a dozen people last year. Obviously, they hadn't.

Those arrests were the arrests that the Bush administration botched by announcing a heightened security alert the week of the Democratic Convention. Because the US let the cat out of the bag, the media got a hold of Khan's name, his Al Qaeda contacts found out he was co-opted, and they fled. The Brits had to have a high speed chase to catch some of them as they fled, and, according to press reports, the Brits and Pakistanis both fear that some slipped away.
The Bush machine is so hungry for gratuitious publicity (to benefit it's own standing) that they do this regularly. They take credit for anything they can, publishing names and details they shouldn't, in order to get those details. I've often wondered why they bother to announce the names of those they capture or kill - especially in light of Bush's frequent statements to the press back in 2002 that he wouldn't tell the press anything because that information would tell "our enemies" how we work (remember that BS?). They even publish data about political 'enemies' that could be dangerous to that person - e.g. I saw Valerie Plame's picture on FOX last night - when that person did nothing but oppose the Bush machine.

But apparently it served a purpose here. They knew that if attacks continued they could keep their bootheels on the neck of freedom, and that by telling the world they had Khan they could both claim credit for having caught a terrorist, and warn off enough of his contacts to ensure continued terror attacks at a later date. It was a shell game of political power, and the British folks paid last week for Bush's power trip.

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