Wednesday, August 16, 2006

No Urgent Terror in London?

If you're like me, and few are, when you first heard of the terror busts in the UK earlier this month you were skeptical. Following the oh-so-scary plots to bomb the Sears Tower and Holland Tunnel, by people with no explosives, knowledge of the locations, plans or a clue, I tend to get skeptical. After a while it appeared I was wrong, and it was the real deal. Now new information is coming that is casting doubt on my second thoughts.
LONDON - NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.
British officials 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 officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.
In contrast to previous reports, one senior British 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.

So, my initial thoughts may have been correct. This may very well have been a ploy, following the Lieberman loss, to get everyone very afraid, and to make candidates like Ned Lamont look a little less desireable.

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