"Former intelligence officials confirmed to the Associated Press Monday a Le Monde newspaper report that France's foreign intelligent service had heard about an al Qaeda plot which was "likely to involve a US airplane." The French paper also reported that France informed the Central Intelligence Agency prior to the attacks on September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 were killed.FTR - Richard Perle & Feith supply the Chechens with illegal arms.
However, it is uncertain whether the intelligence was alluding to the specific plot hatched on 9/11.
Le Monde based its report on 328 pages of classified documents leaked by DGSE sources, showing that Osama bin Laden's network had been infiltrated by foreign agents long before the September 2001 attacks.
The plot described was allegedly drawn up by Al-Qaeda with the Taliban militia in Afghanistan and Chechen rebels."
'Israel and the United States have been in discussions over a new military aid package that could increase American support for Israel's military to around $3 billion from $2.4 billion."
"In other words, kids, “Courtesy Sanctions Don't Work.” And neither does sanctimony. Polite, civil discourse is a wonderful thing, when dealing with elderly relatives, church people, the workplace or just folks who enjoy polite, civil discourse. But I for one have no intention whatsoever of unilaterally disarming my vocabulary when dealing with the rodents who are fucking up my country."
"In the coming days we're going to get a lot crap from the national press. A lot of national therapy, a lot of excuses, a lot of blaming this person or that person, this law or that law. There are going to be stories about gun regulations in Virginia and elsewhere. There are going to be special segments about security on college campuses everywhere. Some of the discussion will be well-informed and practical. Most of it won't be.
Most of it will be, as Scout wrote to me in an e-mail earlier today, an attempt to make sense of the senseless. Most of it will be, as Mike often calls it, the Oprah-ization of the evening news, the kind of coverage that makes me want to tear my hair out, the kind of stories designed to make those far away from whatever is going on feel better about putting it back in the mental drawer they use to store tragedies, senseless and otherwise. Most of it will be an attempt to Get Us All Through This, Make Us Feel United, the kind of stuff we had for a few months after Sept. 11 until people realized they didn't actually love their families more because 3,000 strangers died, and they didn't want to go back to church again on the backs of murdered fellow citizens. Most of it will be horseshit, in other words, and not useful to anyone.
There probably won't be a lot of discussion about this being terrorism. Though it was. And there probably won't be a lot of discussion about how this fits into our ideas of safety and national security. Though it should. The "War on Terror" isn't a failure because you can't war against a concept — of course you can. But we defined terror too narrowly, we made the idea too small. What happened in Virginia is terror, too, and what happens everywhere in this country when someone dies a violent death is terror. I had a conversation with a comedian after 9/11, maybe two weeks later, and though I can't remember his name I'll never forget what he said: "Every day is 9/11 for somebody."
Our country does in fact need a War on Terror. I just don't think that word means what for the past seven years we've taken it to mean."
* larry johnson:
"The next time you hear Dick Cheney or George Bush blame the public attitude regarding Iraq on the media's failure to report "good news", examine carefully our reaction to the shooting at Viginia Tech. Look at our collective shock. Our horrified reaction. The public sorrow. Yet, in truth, this is an exceptional, unusual day in America. It is not our common experience. But we cannot say the same about Iraq.