Friday, August 11, 2006

AHA! Now It Becomes Clear!

The anniversary of September 11 is only weeks away. An article in Agence France Presse by Olivier Knox yesterday reported that Press Secretary Tony Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot (to blow up planes en route to the United State from Britain) last Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In the same article, a White House official said, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big," and added that some Democratic candidates won't "look as appealing" under the circumstances. UK’S Guardian Unlimited reported today, “British suicide bombers were within days of blowing up 12 passenger jets above five US cities in an unprecedented terrorist attack designed to commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” The Guardian Unlimited also reported that “It was claimed in the US that the plotters had planned to blow up three planes an hour for three hours, and that up to 50 people had been involved; this could not be corroborated in the UK.” And yet the Guardian said, “Prime Minister Tony Blair was kept informed of the operation while on holiday in Barbados.” A terror plot that has US Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales peeing their pants in a combination of girlish glee and anticipation but isn’t fearsome enough to get Tony Blair and President Bush roused from their vacations seems mighty odd. Mighty odd. (And by the way, just as an aside. If ever a casting call goes out for a voice that sounds like a weak, obsequious, high-pitched, hysterical, lily-livered pedophile, Chertoff should answer the call.) A New York Times editorial this morning says, “On Wednesday, when the administration already knew that British agents were rounding up suspects in what they believed was a plot to blow up planes en route to the United States, Vice President Dick Cheney had a telephone interview with reporters to discuss the defeat of Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut in a Democratic primary. Mr. Cheney went off on a rather rambling disquisition, but its main point was clear: In rejecting Mr. Lieberman, who supported the war in Iraq, the Democrats were encouraging ‘the Al Qaeda types.’” The editorial concludes: “We want to understand as much as possible about what terrorists were planning…it would be a blessed moment in modern American history if we could do that without turning this into a political game plan.” Since the Bush administration’s game plan is to give no details, we are left with the only other alternative and that is to make our own assumptions, such as: 1) The latest plot has been known about for weeks and could have been nipped in the bud at any point from two weeks ago to the morning after the Joe Lieberman defeat. 2) The latest plot was not nearly as far along in planning as reports have suggested. 3) UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Bush administration had orchestrated the round-up of plot suspects so far in advance that the UK/US response was phoned-in from vacationland. 3) The latest plot serves the Bush administration’s plan to expand the Patriot Act even further. And lastly, not only are terrorists terrorizing the American people, the Bush administration is terrorizing the American people on a deeper even more insidious level.


Democracy Lover said...

Thank you for doing the research to point out the obvious political hay the Bushies are trying to make from the British terror plot.

I know others think this is tinfoil hat thinking, but frankly we have a government that has yet to speak the truth about anything and has shown an utter glee at every opportunity to use fear as a political tactic to gain support from the American citizenry. Is this plot a hoax? I don't know. However, the constant lying by the Bush administration and the sycophantile stenography of the US corporate media makes this an open question. That alone is an indication of how much trouble we are in as a nation.

I have a sneaking suspicion we will find a lot more holes in this story before it's all over.

Barry Schwartz said...
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Barry Schwartz said...

This sounds like it’s a bunch of losers considering the use of jury-rigged explosives commonly made by teenagers, being rounded up and overplayed. What we are learning from this is that the Brits also are following the schedule set by Karl Rove. That’s also the very lesson commentators on Countdown say they haven’t gotten. But those commentators do believe that Bush is full of shit, which suggests to me that this is a repeat of the Rovian ‘genius’ that brought us the federal Terri’s law.