Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bush bungling results in bombing

via Americablog. Last week ABC reported that British authorities had evidence about a 2 year old al Qaeda plot to attack London's subway system planned 2 years ago in Pakistan. The British had thought they caught the plot in time to prevent the attack on but instead were caught off guard when the bombings occurred in London earlier this month. According to the report, the attacks happened because BushCo tipped it's hand and notified al Qaeda to a mole in it's midst by providing details to a raised security alert that lead the media to report the mole's capture. [emphasis added]
1. The London bombers, per ABC, are connected to an Al Qaeda plot planned two years ago in Lahore, Pakistan.

2. Pakistani authorities recovered the laptop of a captured Al Qaeda leader, Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, on July 13, 2004. On that laptop, they found plans for a coordinated series of attacks on the London subway. According to an expert interviewed by ABC, "there is absolutely no doubt that Khan was part of a worldwide Al Qaeda operation, not just in the United States but also in Great Britain and throughout the west."

Also important, but not reported by ABC this evening, after his arrest Khan started working for our side - sending emails to his other Al Qaeda buddies, working as our mole.

3. ABC reports that names in Khan's computer matched a suspected cell of British citizens of Pakistani decent, many of who lived near the town of Luton, England - Luton is the same town where, not coincidentally, last week's London bombing terrorists began their day. According to ABC, authorities thought they had stopped the subway plot with the arrest of more than a dozen people last year associated with Khan. Obviously, they hadn't.

4. Those arrests were the arrests that the Bush administration botched by announcing a heightened security alert the week of the Democratic Convention. The alert was raised because of information found on Khan's computer (this is in the public record already, see below). In its effort to either prove that the alert was serious, or to try and scare people during the Dem Convention, the administration gave the press too much information about WHY they raised the alert. This put the media on the trail of Khan - they found him, and they published his name.
To quote Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of CREW [emphasis added]
"the White House, shows a distinct pattern: leaking classified information that the administration deems beneficial, without any consequences for those who disclose, is standard operating procedure"
Well at least BushCo is in compliance with one SOP, pity it's not one in compliance with federal regulations or common sense.

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