Terror In The Skies...Foiled Plot or More Fake Fear Factor?I knew something did not ring true in the lastest "Fear Factor" attempt by the Bush administration.
Just like the guys arrested in Florida for talking big, apparently the Brits accused of trying to blow up planes coming to America hadn't purchased airline tickets, some didn't have passports and the real evidence the Brit Authorities could have gotten if given more time to investigate (looking for solid evidence) was thwarted by none other than the Bush administration.
Source: U.S., U.K. at odds over timing of arrests
A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.
In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was NOT IMMINENT, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.
It appears that the Neo Conservatives are again attempting to make a mountain out of an anthill in the hopes of scaring America into re-electing Republicans in November by saying they are "keeping us safer than the Democrats would. Considering the Brits were trying to get real evidence and the Bush administration prevented them from doing so, in what way have they kept America safer? Looks like they blew it again.
The source did say, however, that police believe one U.K.-based suspect was ready to conduct a "dry run." British authorities had wanted to let him go forward with part of the plan, but the Americans balked.
At the White House, a top aide to President Bush denied the account.
"There was unprecedented cooperation and coordination between the U.S., the U.K. and Pakistani officials throughout the case," said Frances Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, "and we worked together to protect our citizens from harm while ensuring that we gathered as much info as possible to bring the plotters to justice. There was no disagreement between U.S. and U.K. officials."
Another U.S. official, however, acknowledges there was disagreement over timing. Analysts say that in recent years, American security officials have become edgier than the British in such cases because of missed opportunities leading up to 9/11.
Aside from the timing issue, there was excellent cooperation between the British and the Americans, officials told NBC.
The British official said the Americans also argued over the timing of the arrest of suspected ringleader Rashid Rauf in Pakistan, warning that if he was not taken into custody immediately, the U.S. would "render" him or pressure the Pakistani government to arrest him.
British security was concerned that Rauf be taken into custody "in circumstances where there was due process," according to the official, so that he could be tried in British courts. Ultimately, this official says, Rauf was arrested over the objections of the British.
So the Bush administration not only interfered with the investigation but they also added strings that would, if these guys were actual terrorist, aid them in court to get off on technicalities. No solid evidence, no "dry run", no airline tickets, no passports and no DUE PROCESS. Add these to the things that make you go "hmmmmm"...
Do not forget...THERE WAS NO IMMINENT THREAT...just another fabrication of Bush/Cheney.
Why would the Bush administration interfere with a serious Brit investigation and then LIE about it?
Like Chertoff stating to the Press that he has no definate association with these guys and al Quada but turns around and makes a statement that it looks like an AQ setup,
BTW...on June 5, 2006, FBI spokesman, Chief of Investigative Publicity Rex Tomb said, "The FBI has no hard evidence connecting Usama Bin Laden to 9/11."
We have been told for years that bin Laden was responsible. Who is not being honest here? No evidence means the Idiot in Chief needs to get his facts straight. No actual evidence that al Queda had anything to do with 9/11 either, according to the FBI. Could it be that AQ is nothing more than a fantasy group of the Neo Cons, useful to scare the hell out of those easily led and gullible? Naw...George, Dick and Donald would not even THINK of lying to us, right? You could believe that but they have been caught on tape doing just that.
If the Republican machine really does keep us safer than anyone else, why is it that the misinformation we are spoon fed can be proven as inacurate?
Lies and manipulation does not make America safer.
Interfering with a legit investigation does not make us safer. Allowing Israel to kill a thousand innocent civilians and watching Arab countries fume does not make us safer. Double standard policies for Israel and then the rest of the Middle East doesn't make us safer, Profiling all Muslums is not fair or acceptable, making harsh rules for just those of Arabic discent causes animosity and doesn't make us safer.
The Bush administration has not made us safer...they have made America and every American citizen a bigger target.