Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Airplane Plot: Increasingly looking like bullshit!

From today's Washington Post:

Two top Pakistani intelligence agents said Wednesday that the would-be bombers wanted to carry out an al-Qaida-style attack to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 strikes, but were too "inexperienced" to carry out the plot.

The two senior agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if the terror cell members arrested in Pakistan and Britain had appropriate weapons and explosives training, they could have emulated massive attacks like those five years ago in New York and Washington as well as the July 7, 2005, London bombings.

The detainees in Britain and Pakistan had not attended terror-training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan and had relied on information gleaned from text books on how to make bombs, the officials said.

So lemme get this straight: these wannabe terrorists had no formal terrorist training, did not possess passports or plane tickets, and apparently were trying to make bombs by reading a book? And yet still managed to cripple air travel in the UK for two days, and make air travel nightmarishly cumbersome for thousands of passengers?

It's becoming increasingly clear to me that terrorists no longer need to succeed in their plots to create an atmosphere of fear and terror in our society. We are all too willing to create it ourselves.


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