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February 28, 2005

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You can rest assured that the terror alert would have been raised before the election. Now, there's no need to keep the populace in a frenzy.

My favorite part is that they aren't raising the threat level. As late as November 1, all it took to get Ridge to up the threat level was the discovery of a trash bin laden with pictures of Zarqawi. We've developed an institutional sang froid in no time. Progress, I guess.

Gosh, if I didn't know any better, I'd say bin Laden was determined to attack within the United States.

Jinx.

Kagro:

You should write that up and give it to the President to read.

The Jinx is coming.

Oh, come on. This information on Zarqawi is only a few weeks old. That means that it hasn't been thoroughly analyzed yet. The last time that the threat level was moved up to orange was when the information was two years old. Now that's info worth acting upon; it's stood the test of time and still sounds scary.

IMO this is propaganda. Zarqawi is still dead, he's been that way since he got taken out in Afghanistan a few years back. When Al Queda issued their statement on the capture of top Zarqawi aides late last week, they made no claims that Zarqawi is alive and well:

"And who knows which aide was arrested and what lies they made up. This is a hopeless attempt on their part to raise morale," said the statement by Al Qaeda Organization for Holy War in Iraq, posted on Islamist Web sites.

"We give our brothers the good news that our leaders are absolutely fine, thank God, and leading the ranks of the faithful in battle," it said.

If Zarqawi was still alive, wouldn't the capture of his top aides deal a serious blow to plans to cause strife in the US?

That said, if they did make some good arrests last week they might have very well found information worth raising concerns. But to take this administration point blank at its word?

They haven't done anything to prove to me that they're particularly trustworthy.

You mean they're still getting mileage out of the Zarqawi letter story? Public Enemy 1.5 writes a letter to bin Laden which says (and I'm paraphrasing) "By God, who is Merciful and Compassionate, this Bush is a Lion who will never retract his claws. Please send 50,000 Islamofascists and we'll be ready in case Howard Dean is elected by stupid, media duped Americans. Your friend, Abu PS, I'm not dead." The letter is transferred to a floppy disk,and handed to a courier who decides the best route to Pakistan runs through Kurdistan, whereupon he's captured by US forces. No, the Kurds. No, wait, US forces.

And they didn't raise the Terror Alert. The surprising thing there is, I didn't know the AP had any reporters who could remember that far back.


You mean they're still getting mileage out of the Zarqawi letter story? Public Enemy 1.5 writes a letter to bin Laden which says (and I'm paraphrasing) "By God, who is Merciful and Compassionate, this Bush is a Lion who will never retract his claws. Please send 50,000 Islamofascists and we'll be ready in case Howard Dean is elected by stupid, media duped Americans. Your friend, Abu PS, I'm not dead." The letter is transferred to a floppy disk,and handed to a courier who decides the best route to Pakistan runs through Kurdistan, whereupon he's captured by US forces. No, the Kurds. No, wait, US forces.

And they didn't raise the Terror Alert. The surprising thing there is, I didn't know the AP had any reporters who could remember that far back.


i thought the whole point of the article was that al zarquawi (or whoever) was finding it difficult to plan outside Iraq because of the pressure on him there- in other words, drilling in the "we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here motif)

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