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.
A senior British official 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."
* henley's place:
"I miss the halcyon days of my childhood. Ah, to be in seventh grade again and hear my civics teacher describe the best thing about living in America: unlike the oppressive governments of other countries, in America, unless the government has a damned good reason to suspect you’re up to something it has to leave you alone. And “he’s got water on the plane” or “she’s carrying a purse to work” were not good reasons.
Thanks to rulings like these, if the terrorists want to destroy America and the secular West in general they don’t even have to succeed in their plans! All they need to do now is get caught with evermore commonplace weapons of mass destruction, and the government will make more and more perfectly harmless activities illegal. And find more excuses to interfere with your daily life and remind you that you’re surrounded by authority figures, by God, and you’d best get used to obeying them.
If I were an evil terrorist mastermind I’d find myself a flat-chested female suicide bomber and get her outfitted with double-D-cup plastic-explosive breast implants. Bwa ha ha! Imagine the length of the security-check lines at L.A. airports after terrorists make that attempt. West-Coasters will be better off driving to D.C., especially women with bad-grade bra sizes. “C-minus, are we? Well well well, I’ll have to give these an inspection.”"
* mona at henley's:
"Now. Do British Muslim citizens really want to kill Americans because, as Bush insists, we love our freedoms and for what we believe in? The plot involved flights between Britain and the United States. What, oh what, do those two nations have in common that is currently of interest to Muslims?"