In the news Wednesday morning (Sept. 23, 2009) we were told that the FBI is still looking for suspects in the alleged terror plot against New York – or is it Colorado – or our subway here in Boston – or maybe it’s the world leaders meeting at the UN? Is it backpacks or trucks? I’m confused.
Can’t you just tell me you’ve busted up a terror ring and ALL OF THEM are in jail?
Of course not! That’s too easy, and neat! And reassuring!
Instead we’re left wondering:
(a) Why did you make such a big deal if you do not have the evidence?
(b) Were/are not clear what the plot is?
(c) And don’t even know where the other plotters are?
Come on now Authorities. I/we hope you find those answers soon!
Now that you’ve tipped them off, you’re running all over the place, checking empty warehouses, trying to find a needle in a haystack.
Couldn’t you have just tailed those guys a little more and nabbed them the day before the attacks? Or the day of? Just shoot them, keep a couple for questioning?
OK, so I don’t know what I’m talking about – but it sure seems like YOU don’t know what you’re talking about either.
So much so, you’re warning potential targets in the hope that the terrorists will think you’re on to them and lie low. I guess that’s smart, sort of.
Here’s what’s gone down so far: (and yes, I understand why you did it, cover was blown, etc…)
Over the weekend, officials arrested 24-year-old Najibullah Zazi, of Denver, Colorado and his 53-year-old father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, in Denver. 37-year-old Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam at a Queens, N.Y. mosque, was arrested in New York.
They’re charged with lying to the FBI. No terror charges so far.
Federal authorities were tracking Zazi, a suburban Denver shuttle-bus driver with possible links to al Qaeda. Zazi drove to New York City around the anniversary of the September Eleven attacks.
They think he may have been plotting with others to detonate backpack bombs (hydrogen peroxide) on New York trains.
(Bombs hidden in back-packs killed 191 people in Madrid on March 11, 2004…and bombing attacks in London killed 52 subway and bus commuters on July 7 2005).
The FBI was watching Zazi but apparently New York Police (NYPD) blew the bureau’s cover by questioning the religious leader who promptly called Zazi to warn him.
Seems the NYPD has a division that operates independently from an FBI-run terrorism task force. Why guys, WHY? Who doesn’t trust whom?
We’ve been through all that when the CIA owned it’s turf and protected it and the FBI owned it’s turf and protected it and somewhere in that Venn diagram was a black hole that sucked in the information that could have…maybe, may have shed light on the activities leading up to September-eleven.
I thought that was why we created Homeland Security- the department that now says the United States government’s national threat level is Elevated or Yellow.
And for all domestic and international flights the U.S. threat level is High or Orange. The one overseeing several agencies, including: Immigration, Customs, Coast Guard and The Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
According to homeland Security: The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) is a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC) and ensures that information related to homeland security threats is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the full spectrum of homeland security customers in the Department, at state, local, and tribal levels, in the private sector, and in the IC.
It’s supposed to be intelligent and analytic over the secretive and cryptic. Did I&A (I&A?) know about this FBI surveillance? Did they know about the NYPD division which operates independently from the FBI-run terrorism task force?
Now here we are, left hand doing…right hand not knowing…and the whole body suffering.
Let’s see what more I can gleam from the news about this terror plot:
FBI denies NYPD missteps hurt terror probe.
According to NBC, NYPD and FBI officials are denying that the potential missteps forced their hand in last week’s raids, prompted Zazi to abort his New York visit and caused friction between the two agencies, which work together through the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In a statement, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said that while the agencies “have no information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack, we believe it is prudent to raise the security awareness of our local law enforcement partners regarding the targets and tactics of previous terrorist activity.”
CBS: FBI Terror Probe Expands, Intensifies. According to CBS, the investigation into an alleged bomb plot targeting New York has expanded to include nearly all of the FBI’s 57 field offices in the country and some overseas.
CBS says authorities are on a hunt to see if suspects had stored a cache of explosives somewhere in New York City. In an exclusive interview with “60 Minutes,” Attorney General Eric Holder speaks about how urgent the threat was.
“I think we’ve disrupted that which they’ve planned and it’s not totally clear to us at this point what it is they had in mind, though I think it is clear that something very serious and something very organized was under way,” Holder said.
ABC: Law enforcement officials say the alleged terror plot against New York City may be “still alive” despite the arrest of its alleged ringleader Zazi.
In Washington, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to law enforcement authorities urging vigilance at so-called “soft targets” including sports stadiums and luxury hotels.
Zazi’s computer apparently contained information relating to New York area baseball and football stadiums and a video of Grand Central Terminal in New York.
CNN had nothing on their front page, but I did find, under latest news, this item: Sanjay Gupta: I caught H1N1. And under More US News: 18 things to teach your sons about women.
5/. Keep backup supplies of quality chocolate in the house for her to raid.
Chocolate is a comfort food. So we (females?) can eat it while we watch stories about alleged terror threats ON OTHER NETWORKS!
PS: Afzali was freed Thursday, (Sept 24, 2009) on a 1.5 million-dollar bond…but he will wear an electronic monitor.