the only interesting question, hot on the heels of "WE FOUND WMD!!!", is why now? emptywheel has a guess:
"So I'm going to make just two comments about the timing. You see, when I heard about this story this morning, I was sure they had timed the announcement to hide some news, perhaps the news that Bush was rifling through my checkbook. Or perhaps they've just rolled this as proof that one of their many fancy new surveillance techniques netted them some terrorists. Or perhaps it was part of a campaign that Rove, fresh off celebrating that he hasn't been indicted, had hatched to reverse Bush's flaccid flagging popularity."but ends up with:
"Now, I'm just guessing, but when a teenager nicknamed Brother Naz tells you he's having "problems within his organization" a month and a half after that organization's last activity, that probably means his "organization" has collapsed, the other kids have taken their new boots and gone home. Which suggests that, as soon as it came to actually acting on their teen-aged fantasies, these guys got cold feet (cheap boots, I guess), and gave up their fantasy.* one of the great mysteries of our time was why the 911 trials in spain hardly got any attention. I meant to mention this again during the week and forgot. Here's some news from AP a couple of weeks ago:
Sounds like a great time to move in and bust these kids, before your elaborately planted sting falls apart completely."
Spain‘s Supreme Court on Thursday threw out an al-Qaida suspect‘s conviction for conspiracy to commit murder in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, weeks after prosecutors acknowledged the evidence against him was weak.
Before the ruling, Yarkas had been the only person in the world with a standing conviction over the Sept. 11 attacks after a trial. Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States, pleaded guilty in April 2004 and was sentenced to life in prison in May. He did not stand trial. A Moroccan convicted in Germany in 2003 was later acquitted on appeal."
(btw - this story came via email from someone called 'greathouseforsale' (!) - is that one of you, or did i somehow end up on some junk list?)
* and rimone has a post with some responses to Suskind's book. also, rimone on helen thomas, and on the Inappropiate Sniggerer's trip to Austria (ahem. gentlemen, i don't think it's time...)
* and here's a touching, undated, 'personal story' by Larisa
Speaking of which - can y'all save democracy without me for a day or two?
I'm heading up the coast for a little while. Not sure when I'll be back exactly. Will try to check in occasionally if possible.
In the meantime, consider this an open dread. chat amongst yourselves and be nice to each other.