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We’ve all been outraged at the Bush administration at one point or another. Even Republicans, Libertarians, evangelicals – popes and priests – if they’re honest about it will tell you that something BushCo has done in the last 6-years has pissed ‘em off, in some way. For me, it’s been everyday and just about everything they’ve done. But, that’s another story.

Today, an article in The Independent Online caught my attention. The more I read the more incensed I became. Thankfully, it was a reasonably short article – powerful but mercifully short.

The gist of the article is below:

Back in August of this year, an announcement that British authorities had thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up ten major airline flights originating in London, over the Atlantic Ocean/or major U.S. cities, (depending from which side of the Atlantic you get the story from) commandeered the American 24/7 news cycle. The Brits arrested 24-people suspected of planning to carry out the plot, and the terror alerts on both sides of the Pond were raised to the highest level for days afterward.

Well, it seems the original terrorist plot involved many more people than the initial 24 arrested in Britain.

From the article:

A team of suspected terrorists involved in an alleged UK plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners escaped capture because of interference by the United States, The Independent has been told by counter-terrorism sources.

Yes, in their overzealous quest to control the news cycle yet again and appear to be ever-diligent in keeping Americans safe from terrorists, American intelligence officials insisted on “helping” Scotland Yard and MI5. Their help (read: meddling) inevitably allowed a whole 2nd team of would-be-jihadists escape capture.

An investigation by MI5 and Scotland Yard into an alleged plan to smuggle explosive devices on up to 10 passenger jets was jeopardised in August, when the US put pressure on authorities in Pakistan to arrest a suspect allegedly linked to the airliner plot.
As a direct result of the surprise detention of the suspect, British police and MI5 were forced to rush forward plans to arrest an alleged UK gang accused of plotting to destroy the airliners. But a second group of suspected terrorists allegedly linked to the first evaded capture and is still at large, according to security sources.

The escape of the 2nd team prompted the Brits an the U.S. to maintain the highest terrorism alert for a full 3-days after the arrests, subsequently resulting in changes of what passengers in both countries can carry on planes to this day.

The operation was one of the largest undertaken by the police and MI5, yet two counter-terrorism sources suggested that the intervention of the Americans was due to "inexperience and naivety" and that they were after a "short-term success". (emphasis added)

So how did American intelligence manage to screw things up and allow a potential threat to the American people and our overall national security to escape arrest and perhaps attack us another day?

American intelligence chiefs are understood to have persuaded the Pakistani authorities to arrest a British citizen, called Rashid Rauf, on Wednesday 9 August this year.

Mr. Rauf was suspected of being closely linked to group of men and women in Britain who were allegedly involved in the airliner terror plot, and the arrest prompted emergency meetings involving ministers, police and intelligence chiefs  who were still investigating the case.

These people never cease to amaze me. It’s really nothing short of a miracle (knock on wood) that we haven’t been attacked again on U.S. soil. With a gang of arrogant, bumbling fools like these protecting us, all I can say is that it’s a damn good thing we have competent allies.

The article’s here:

Originally posted to Flirtin with Disaster on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:12 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Feeling any safer now? (14+ / 0-)

    Bush isn't inept... he's delusional!

    by Flirtin with Disaster on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:18:00 AM PST

  •  Implications? Schimplications! (4+ / 0-)

    The Bush Administration doesn't care about the longer term ripples his short-sighted policies and knee-jerk reactions will bring. Neither did his father, which is why we had 9/11.

    And, because Americans are culturally allergic to history and learning from it, expect another large scale terrorist attack sometime in the next 20 years they won't tie back to what happened in the past few years, just like the cause of 9/11 wasn't traced back to Poppy's mistakes in Gulf War I like building American military bases on Muslim holy ground...

    So many impeachable offenses, so little time...

    by Cali Techie on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:34:53 AM PST

  •  unless, of course, American "inconpetence" in (5+ / 0-)
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    joynow, GreyHawk, blueoasis, possum, UneasyOne

    this matter was intentional... because...
    of course at this early-morning time I'm wearing my tinfoil night cap
    but, really, purported terrorist attacks have been so politically/propaganda useful to Bush and Blair that if they don't happen they'd have to be invented...

    we're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression

    by Lepanto on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:42:16 AM PST

    •  Never assign to malice (7+ / 0-)

      What can be attributed to stupidity.

      What we have in Iraq and the Middle East in general is a stupid attack of gigantic proportions that's been going on since the end of WWII.

      So many impeachable offenses, so little time...

      by Cali Techie on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:43:47 AM PST

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      •  Exactly!!! (6+ / 0-)

        There may be malice in at least some of their actions, but the bottom line is that stupidity has been the driving force behind everything they've done. They ruined the Brit's investigation and the possibility of catching more plotters and stopping future attacks because they wanted to grab credit coming into the last weeks before the election.  There's no secret plot by Bush,, it's just blatant stupidity and arrogance.

      •  Myopia (0+ / 0-)

        is what I would call it. Refusing to see beyond the end of their noses.

        'Cause if it aint self-serving in any way, they're gonna ignore it. (the ignor-ance factor)

        Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

        by murasaki on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 10:16:30 AM PST

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    •  Don't you get it? These guys are Traitors! (5+ / 0-)

      A little history first: Kissinger (who is now advising Bush!) sabatotaged the Vietnam peace talks and became Nixon's Sec State.  He then engeneered the Russian wheat deal which a) enormously enriched ADM and other huge contributers to Nixon's secret campaign fund, b) allowed Nixon to be the first U.S. Prez to address the Russian people on their state run media, c) triggered  a huge round of domestic inflation, and d) secured the exclusive soft drink franchise throughout the Soviet Union for Pepsi (another huge contributer which also employed Nixon between political gigs - can you say Halliburton?)  Iran-contra was about dealing with a Foreign power who had commited an act of war by invading our embassy and getting a commitment to hold American hostages and not release them until after the election.  Bush Senior and our new Sec Def were neck deep in that.  Then Bin Laden blew up embassys in Africa, made his first attempt at the World Trade center and Clinton responded with cruise missles - to which half the Rethugs in Congress screamed "Wag the Dog!"  Treason!  They ain't that stupid; they knew better.  Then W completely ignores all warnings and uses 9/11 as an excuse to attack Iraq.  He's damn near destroyed our military, but Halliburton is doin ok, isn't it?  He's damn near bankrupted the country passing out largess to his rich constituants, with the Chinese now holding so much of our debt that one remark by a Chinese official yesterday sent the dollar tumbling (and the  Chinese now have enough of our debt to bring about the complete collapse of the dollar at a time of their choosing.  Can you say Taiwan?)  Oh yeah, folks, He's taken the finest military in the world and broken it.  See a pattern?  Every point I mentioned, (and there are many more) involved political or financial gain.  And every act I mentioned was an act against the people of the United States.  If that isn't treason, what is?

  •  Good info, but not bad enough to get incensed (1+ / 0-)
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    If it was inexperience and naivete of a team in the field, that's only Bush.43's fault in the sense that everything the country does is his fault. If his national security advisor (or ex-advisor, Condompizza Lice, or Bush.43 himself) were micro-managing things, then it starts to be more of Bush.43's fault. Besides which, the government is in a position of damned if they do, damned if they don't: if they hadn't arrested the guy that they knew about and a reporter got wind of it, they'd have been blamed for that, too.

    Coordination of international operations is always complicated. For that matter, the Department of Fatherland Security is still probably trying to work the kinks out, which excuses some incompetence.

    Blame Bush.43 for that SNAFU if you want, but I think there are much larger issues to be incensed about. I mean: I hate the man who declared that I am not a citizen for my religious preference, who made up a story so that he could invade Iraq, who I think might have had something to do with 9/11 and who definitely has not made enough information available to the public to prove that isn't true, who made up a story so that he could invade Afghanistan (for which I forgive him readily; the Taliban was probably the only country in the world where the government as a whole could be classed as "evil") then he took away the aid needed to get their country back on its feet, etc. Most of all, I hate Bush.43 for repeatedly embarrassing our country.

    That's good documentation of a cluster-fuck, but I don't agree with your focusing your anger on Bush.43 because of it.

    Torture is wrong even if Christians are doing it.

    by Ken Comer on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:43:00 AM PST

  •  Read this at the time. (5+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, blueoasis, possum, keechi, Got a Grip

    Pretty amazing -- their antics never cease to disappoint.

    Be good to each other. It matters. Bill Sali

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 12:59:53 AM PST

  •  No offense but... (5+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, possum, keechi, UneasyOne, LynneK

        Air America radio dissected that story with accurate precision in real time as it happened.

        Just another drop in an ocean of repugs endangering national security to score political points.


        It's as simple as that.

  •  This Story's Been Around (0+ / 0-)

    But as usual, the American MSM is taking its sweet time reporting it.

    Kos has a bright-line policy regarding 9/11 and again, I'm going to respect that here. But there's only one rational explanation why the arrests went down as they did. My corollary to the Syriana chestnut, everything is connected, is that if everything is connected, then nothing is random. To connect the dots here, there's a lot more to this story than what's being told, but there's nothing new there.

    My guess: quite a few of those terrorists are taking CIA money. Using Vietnam as a case study, it should be evident by now when our government is actually trying, as opposed to actually playing nullos.

  •  I guess I took the red pill. (1+ / 0-)
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    Flirtin with Disaster

    Do you really think that they are trying to keep US safe?  Do you think they do not hire the most brilliant analysts in the world?  I am certain that they are trying to keep themselves safe.  

    And if it served their needs, they would turn their backs on terror threats once more, as they did in August and September 2001.   Do you really believe that 9/11 were events that they couldn't prevent?  They have readily admitted that they turned their backs on it.  Do you think that was a mistake?  Do you continue to believe that our government makes mistakes?  

    Do you think that the destabilization of Iraq was a mistake?  Do you think that maybe it was exactly what they had in mind in order to crawl into the oil fields a bit deeper?

    In light of the PNAC documents from 1998 that suggest that nothing short of a new "Pearl Harbor" would be needed to crystallize American public opinion, I wouldn't say the wingnut thing, but I would ask questions.  

    And the sooner that we come to an agreement that you can't call it paranoia if you are being followed, the sooner we will start to solve the problems of governance in our country.  D.C. reeks to high heaven, but not for the reasons you think.  It's the decomp in the air.  They can't cover it up anymore.  

    That's what Bush Sr. is so angry about.  They've been so arrogant, their hubris has left the evidence in plain sight.  It's not the history books or the judgment of history that bothers them.  It's prison terms and huge fines that have them stirred up.  And they couldn't even stack the Diebold machines high enough to secure a closer contest.  They are so done.

    (-7.63,-6.21) Between Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama - Huh, and I'm a moderate Democrat with a NY license plate that says VOTEBLUE.

    by ezdidit on Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 09:40:59 PM PST

    •  I'm not going into the... (1+ / 0-)
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      Molly Martinez

      ... 9/11 aspect of your comment simply because I didn't include anything about the subject in my diary.

      I will however, agree with you that nothing, I repeat nothing this administration does, has done, or will do in the future is due to incompetence. And, I must add, that fact is even more frightening than if all the apparent errs attributed to the Bush administration were due to the lack of governing inabilities.

      I wish I could feel as confident that "They are so done." I don't know if we can rely on the present class of Democratic Reps. and Senators to right all the egregious wrongs perpetrated by this administration on the Constitution and the American people. They may be too entrenched in the culture responsible for the predicament we find ourselves in now. In other words: they may be part of the problem not the solution.

      Only time will tell.

      Bush isn't inept... he's delusional!

      by Flirtin with Disaster on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 12:01:50 AM PST

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