Sep 22 2009
Major Update 8:15 AM, 9/23/09: Damn, I was hoping I might not be right on the multiple, independent cell strategy I outlines below, and why it will take time to actually stop all the attackers. But some news out today confirms my fears:
The investigation indicated that three distinct teams of men may have been organized in connection with the alleged terror plot and federal officials worry that plot may still be active.
I’ll ask again, when does it become time to use procedures we have used before (even on our own military personnel as part of their training)? Many more updates below!Â - end update
Some people may think I am cruel or sick, but considering the fact water boarding is done on our military personal to get them prepared to resist breaking under capture, and I have heard of college hazing rituals that are worse, I think this nation better consider the use of water boarding on the suspected terrorist under custody. Or else this nation is about to face a harsh lesson in reality.
I do not think it was coincidence that the Democrats were trying to declare defeat in Iraq just as the tide was turning on al Qaeda with the shift of Sunni allegiance away from the terrorists to the new Iraqi government. Liberal timing just sucks.
Al Gore goes to a global warming conference and the place gets hit with a blizzard. A liberal president is elected and the economy tanks, making a takeover of health care impossible and raising taxes political suicide.
How about the fact the liberals get in power after an unforeseen decade of global cooling due to a reduction in solar activity. What are the odds of that one? Hint, hint .. nudge, nudge.
I mean, the universe is trying to send these fools a message and they are just not paying attention. Heck, there has been global warming discovered on Mars and some of the moons of Jupiter. Universe to Earth – is there anyone at home?!
But all kidding aside, the fact is the arrest of three suspects in what could be a repeat of the London and Madrid al Qaeda attacks (not to mention Mumbai, India) has not apparently rolled up all the terrorists:
Authorities investigating a suspected al Qaeda plot to set off bombs in the U.S. are warning local law enforcement agencies that hotels, stadiums and entertainment complexes remain attractive targets for attacks.
Two bulletins from the FBI and the Homeland Security Department were sent to local law enforcement agencies Monday, the same day three men were arraigned on charges of lying to the FBI in connection with the bureau’s investigation of the purported plot. The bulletins did not mention the recent arrests.
The scope of the suspected scheme remains unclear. Authorities have said the investigation centers on “several people” in the United States and Pakistan who wanted to detonate improvised explosive devices in the U.S.
“This has got a bunch of people spooked,” said a Homeland Security official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the investigation. “They don’t believe they got them all; they are trying to track down the rest of the guys who are operating in the cell.”
Boy, if there ever was a moment to go to the enhanced interrogation techniques that broke the 9-11 terrorist master minds and stopped previous attacks, it is now. When you have people willing to commit suicide to execute mass murder of innocents, the liberal fantasy about dainty little rules for being polite and respectful when questioning suspects is laughable.
When President Obama’s Attorney General announced to the world he was going on his little witch hunt against the interrogators (who were following orders, and guidance reviewed and authorized by a team of government lawyers) he sent a very important signal to al Qaeda as well. It was not just the CIA interrogators and FBI field agents who got the message to tread lightly or else go to jail. al Qaeda detected an opening.
al Qaeda knows it will lose personnel on the next attack if it is going to get some attackers through. On 9-11 (and at the WTC I bombings in 1993 under Clinton), al Qaeda knew liberal foolishness and paranoia about conservatives in the government monitoring their kooky conversations had left huge blind spots in our defenses.
Many Bush era intelligence leaders in the US admitted that 9-11 was able to happen because the terrorists, once in the US, were free of the kind of law enforcement scrutiny they had to evade outside the US. The US always monitors our dangerous enemies. The difference was prior to 9-11, once terrorists were in America,we tied our hands and did not allow the NSA or CIA to tip off the FBI to some potentially dangerous people amongst us. When we detected the 9-11 highjackers in Hamburg we could (and did) alert the German Polizei and intelligence forces. When those terrorists flew into the US we could not tell the FBI and we lost the trail. It was the clearest case of liberal paranoia leading to insanely dangerous policies ever seen in this country.
al Qaeda knows our guard has been up since 9-11, and that we keep a close eye on all sorts of things (people, money, etc). On 9-11 all but one of their operatives got through and the attacks went off with devastating results. This time, they know they will need to throw a lot of cells at us in a coordinated manner, knowing they will lose some or most – but they only need a few to get through.
As the law of terrorism goes: the terrorists only have to get lucky once, we have to be right 100% of the time.
When the Obama administration announced to the world it was – in essence – going to put back up some blinders, this gave al Qaeda a window where they had a better chance to get some attackers through our defenses. If Najibullah Zazi is playing for time and not cooperating, he is doing his part to buy time for the other attackers to get past our law enforcement nets.
At some point we need to know what is coming. At some point we need to push Zazi to expose the others. At some point we need to do what it takes to safe guard our people. Â And each in turn the terrorists will play the game of delay to buy more time. No one person in the US will know all the players. If al Qaeda is planning a large scale attack on soft targets, it will be independently run cells, all waiting for a signal to begin the countdown clock.
Something like a speech from al Qaeda’s number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, predicting the fall of President Obama. Who just coincidentally happens to be in New York with world leaders.
If bombs go off, AG Holder and the POTUS will have a lot to answer for.
Update: This is why trying to stop attacks of this nature while in progress will not work – screening will not work:
A quart-sized container of homemade explosives is cheap, deadly and difficult to detect â€” and that is exactly why the type of chemical bomb feared to be at the heart of an ongoing terror investigation worries law enforcement so much.
The same chemical components were allegedly at the heart of a failed plot to blow up commercial passenger jets leaving England for America. That plot was based, according to court evidence, on amounts of chemicals small enough to fit into soda or water bottles.
Nothing over 4 ounces – recall your airport screening requirements. Think water bottles, camel-back water systems for runners and bikers, sodas, groceries, coolers, …
The reason we cannot carry a 12 ounce bottle of water on a plane is because of what it can do to the plane. Think of what 30 people with these things could do in a 30 minute window one morning during rush hour, or at high school football games on a Friday night. We can’t sit around and hope they expose themselves if they are here.
Update: This mess was caused by someone in the NYPD attempting to use the New York Imam Afzali to gain information on targets clearly already under surveillance:
A decision to enlist a Queens imam in an effort to develop information about the man at the center of a long-running cross-country terrorism investigation backfired earlier this month.
Several law enforcement officials have said the imamâ€™s disclosures went a long way toward forcing their hand in an extremely sensitive investigation of a possible Qaeda plot. The situation left them scrambling to conduct raids and arrest the suspect sooner than they might have otherwise, a development that they said could make it harder to identify others involved and develop evidence against them.
Several officials â€” all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because much of the investigation is classified â€” have said that the inquiry, which had been under way for months, could well have continued, tracking the communications, meetings, plans and associates of the suspect,Â Najibullah Zazi, 24.
And one official said that the public nature of the new phase of the inquiry would probably require more work and more resources to accomplish its goal: to determine whether a bomb plot was far along and to identify its target and the operatives involved.
This is really disturbing. I’m not convinced the Imam did anything but try to awkwardly help the NYPD, but he did tip off the suspect. The problem now, as admitted by all these sources, is to find the rest of the iceberg ASAP. This is not the time for being hesitant.
Anyway, look at all the dots out here folks
Update 8:20 AM, 9/23/09: Some more frightening details here:
The alleged Al Qaeda terror thugs involved in the plot to bomb the city tried to rent a ‘Jumbo Sized Super Mover’ U-Haul truck in St. Albans, Queens.
Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.
At the same time, the Daily News has learned that prime terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has confessed he was a jihadist hell-bent on murderous mayhem, the sources said.
“Operation Nexus” took on an extra urgency after raids on Queens apartments Zazi visited turned up knapsacks and cell phones.
This is not going too smoothly here.