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Old 02-09-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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Bush Bush Bush

He start out with Trillion millitary budget now he release this information so american nation support him. I feel sorry for all US citizens with a nut bar president makin up stories.

PRESIDENT BUSH revealed details yesterday of a foiled al-Qaeda plot in which shoe bombers had planned to hijack a commercial airliner and fly it into the tallest building on America’s West Coast.

The target of the plan, which Mr Bush said had been scheduled for 2002, not long after after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, was the Library Tower in Los Angeles — a 1,018ft, 73-storey skyscraper that has since been renamed the US Bank Tower.

Mr Bush said that the plot had been set in motion in October 2001 by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, a month after the destruction of the Twin Towers and the assault on the Pentagon. Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003.

But instead of using hijackers of Arab origin, the Los Angeles plot involved terrorists from al-Qaeda’s South-East Asia wing, Jemaah Islamiyah. They were “young men from South-East Asia whom he believed would not arouse suspicion,” Mr Bush said. They were going to use “shoe bombs to breach the cockpit door”, he added.

Mr Bush said that al-Qaeda’s South-East Asia leader, known as Hambali, had earmarked Jemaah Islamiyah operatives for the plot. The operatives, who had been training in Afghanistan, met Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, and began preparing for the attack. But the plot was derailed in 2002 when a key al-Qaeda operative was arrested, Mr Bush said. It was finally thwarted when Hambali was arrested in Thailand in 2003.

Mr Bush’s decision to divulge details of the plot, which he had alluded to in much vaguer terms last October, was a direct response to the controversy over the revelation that he has authorised the secret wire-tapping of US citizens in America, without court warrant, for nearly four years.

Mr Bush has aggressively defended the wiretapping programme as being vital to fighting the War on Terror, but it has been called illegal by some senior Republicans and most Democrats. Civil liberties groups have begun comparing Mr Bush to Richard Nixon, who oversaw a secret wire-tapping programme of Americans in the early 1970s.

The Times has learnt that two weeks ago a high-level strategy meeting was held at the White House to discuss how to reshape the debate over the wire-tapping controversy. One of the main goals was to remind Americans that although no terrorist attack has occurred on US soil for more than four years, al-Qaeda is an enemy that has not gone away. White House aides want to emphasise that the War on Terror is a new age, very different from the concerns of the Nixon era, in which Mr Bush needs every tool available to thwart another attack.

The White House is not claiming that the West Coast plot was foiled by extra-judicial wire-tapping, but it was decided that giving details of the plot would help to bring home how high the stakes are, and the importance of rapid intelligence.

“The terrorists are weakened and fractured, yet they’re still lethal,” Mr Bush said in his speech at the National Guard Memorial Building in Washington yesterday. “We cannot let the fact that America hasn’t been attacked in four and a half years since September 11, 2001, lull us into the illusion that the threats to our nation have disappeared.”

Referring to fresh threats to America made last month in an audiotape by Osama bin Laden, Mr Bush added: “Our military, law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence professionals take those threats very seriously, and they’re working around the clock day and night to protect us.”

Mr Bush also said that the arrest of one of the South-East Asian operatives in early 2002 had led to critical intelligence that “helped other allies capture the ringleaders and other known operatives who had been recruited for this plot”.

One ringleader Mr Bush is believed to have been referring to is Abu Zubaydah, captured in Pakistan in March 2002. Regarded as al-Qaeda’s third in command, he knew every important plot al-Qaeda had lined up to follow the September 11 attacks.

Democrats accused Mr Bush of cynically exploiting September 11 to divert attention from the wire-tapping controversy.

“Why are we hearing about this four years later other than to change the subject back to Bush’s favourite topic?,” said Jennifer Palmieri, of the Centre for American Progress, a Democrat think-tank.


For a time Khalid Sheikh Mohammad lived the life of an all-American boy. As a teenager he went to a Baptist school in North Carolina before going on to university there to study mechanical engineering

After his graduation in 1986 he drifted to Afghanistan to join the Muslim holy war against the Soviet invasion. He lasted only three months before heading for an office job with an electronics company

He was, the CIA says, a planner rather than an action man. As a front for his terrorist activities he worked for the Qatar government as an engineer in its electricity headquarters, from where he shunted money to extremist groups

He helped to fund the first attack on the World Trade Centre, in 1993. He also helped to organise a plot to assassinate Bill Clinton
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:50 PM   #2
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its gona continue to happen while he remains in power.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:31 PM   #3
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my BS detector is going off.
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Old 02-10-2006, 12:33 AM   #4
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Posts: 384 the ''shoe bomb's'' would be powerful enough to blow open the cabin doors, but not powerful enough to cause catastrophic decompression in the cabin....where's that BS flag when you need it?
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:05 AM   #5
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How the hell is this guy still in power?
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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How the hell is this guy still in power?
He is not in Power it's the propaganda behind him, bush does not make any major decisions on his own. Not mentioning half of his family are politicians and his father's connections. Poor Bush
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:23 AM   #7
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BS...hes not really that stupid(Bush) its the people who provides the PR for the same as the lame coloured warning they created after 9/11..each colour meant the potential for attacks...its just a way to wake up americans so they will be terrified so the goverment can pass more military budgets or home land security programs..americans are lemmings waiting to follow their "leader" when ever he mentions about "terror among us" now give me a extra billion or two and I will protect your fat arsh...
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Old 02-10-2006, 05:10 PM   #8
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this is gona go on for every while him and his followers are in some type of power.
BS is right, and hte only difference between then and now, is that they are using other words to define the same thing.
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