Sunday, July 09, 2006

un smart alec station

* emptywheel notes that there wasnt a single person quoted unanonymously for the NYDN latest terra plot nonsense.

* meanwhile, ms alexandrovna writes:
"... the alleged plot by Muslim extremists to bomb the Holland Tunnel in New York City was nothing more than chatter by unaffiliated individuals with no financing or training in an open forum already monitored extensively by the United States Government, RAW STORY has learned."
she also notes:

Some see this latest “ploy” as a direct challenge to a New York Times report earlier this week of the disbandment of Alec Station, the CIA unit responsible for tracking Osama bin Laden since before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Moreover, the article contends that officials say the unit was “disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center.”

Some members of Congress have said that they were not informed of the unit’s closure and expressed concern.

In response to reports that the unit was disbanded, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), who ran against President Bush in the 2004 election, responded earlier this week with a demand for the immediate reinstatement of the unit.

“I fully support efforts to adapt our response to the evolving nature of the threat," wrote Kerry in a letter to John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence Office of the Director of National, "but this is not a compelling rationale for curtailing efforts to bring this mass murderer to justice.""

For those of you who wondered why the public is only now learning about the closure of the osama unit, the good news is that your right to know is as good as Congress' right.


damien said...

...speaking of terrorists -

Egyptian newspapers are noting that al-Muhajir, also known as Abu al-Masri, has been in a Cairo jail for the last seven years.

He had recently been identified by the US as al Zarqawai's replacement in Iraq and a $5m bounty had been placed on his head. According to the US script, al-Masri trained in bomb-making in Afghanistan and in 2002 went to Iraq. An OSBL audio had also affirmed him as the new terrorist leader. (link) (link)

Hey! It's the guy who did the 'red bandanas' thing. I'd recognize that handiwork anywhere.

Don said...

Y'know, between this al-Muhajir, plus the Miami 7 and Holland Tunnellers, it looks like the administration can't even come up with a decent bullshit story anymore. Wha'samatter, boys, no more mileage on the 9/11 terra-mobile?

Kathleen said...

Are these the same guys who scribbled up those Niger forgeries?

lukery said...

holy shit damien. that's amazing.

i wonder how they will unspin that one.

damien said...

Lukery, they won't have to unspin it. A few points points here:

It hasn't been confirmed that al-Masri is in an Egyptian jail. (And there may even be some kind of terrorist running around in Iraq with an assumed identity...but, not likely)

There's also the public effect of these announcements. Except for the hardcore fools who believe everything, sections of the US (and Western) public accept that terrorist reports are 'enhanced' but they are unwilling or unable to accept the scale of such enhancements.

Accordingly, it's a case of 'never mind the quality, feel the width'. As long as any old terrorist plots are being foiled or terrorist leaders sprouting and dying on a weekly basis the public will still believe there is a fundamental underlying terrorist reality that must be addressed by western governments. Who better to do this than the present leadership?

On this last point,it should be clear by now that the Democrats simply cannot afford to do 'me too' politics on Iraq, terrorism or anything else. They don't have to allege terrorist fraud (that's a bridge too far)but they do have to stand up and say we need to withdraw from Iraq. They could point to the Iraq govt requests for exactly that and work with Iraq to set a timetable.

damien said...

btw wakeupfromyourslumber is one of my favourite sites. Great commentary and info.

lukery said...

damien - re the unspinning, my point was less about the 'terror leader' himself, but that OBL was somehow on the same page.

"They don't have to allege terrorist fraud"
i was thinking just the other day just how mainstream the idea of 'terrorist fraud' appears to be coming.

(thnx for the link)

rimone said...

somehow the fact that congress didn't know shit doesn't comfort me at all.

lukery said...

in an alternate universe (this one) the idea that congress doesnt care about something is actually comforting

Vigilante said...

Yeah, just want to thank you for reminding us that this was done late last year and just announced.

lukery said...

cheers vigilante