August 8, 2004

NO WAY TO RUN A REICH:

U.S. Says Man Had Ties to Plot to Disrupt Vote: A man whose arrest provided information about financial-institution reconnaissance is also linked to a
potential plot to disrupt the fall elections. (DAVID JOHNSTON, 8/08/04, NY Times)

A Pakistani man whose arrest provided information about the reconnaissance of financial institutions in New York, Newark and Washington was also communicating with Qaeda operatives who the authorities say are plotting to carry out an attack intended to disrupt the fall elections, a senior intelligence official said Saturday.

Senior intelligence and counterterrorism officials said it was not clear whether the people behind the surveillance of the financial institutions and the people involved in the election threat were part of the same group, or belonged to overlapping or separate ones.

The arrest last month of the Pakistani, Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, had already prompted a search in the United States, Britain and other countries to locate the people behind the surveillance, which took place three or four years ago. Now the authorities say Mr. Khan's arrest is also helping them unravel a threat to carry out an attack this year inside the United States.

It is not clear whether Mr. Khan represents the second channel of intelligence that officials have alluded to in recent days that, they say, convinced them that the reconnaissance of financial institutions was related to current threats.

But he is emerging as a central figure in an expanding web of connections that, the authorities say, indicates that they may have penetrated an operational Qaeda group whose intentions were previously unknown.


Why arrest him? Don't the fascists who seized our government want to postpone the election? That's what the Left keeps saying.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2004 8:18 AM
Comments

Some people also believe that 9/11 was engineered by oil companies so that a pipeline could be built across Afghanistan.

The tinfoil hat crowd can be amusing, but usually they're just annoying.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 8, 2004 3:09 PM

If they arrested someone who "intended to disrupt the fall elections" does this mean Terry MacAuliffe is finally behind bars?

(You know, I haven't seen much of James Carville lately, either.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 8, 2004 6:28 PM

Raoul:

Carville has been supplanted by Michael Moore, Ben Affleck, and Jeanne Garofolo. Also, he is smart enough to know that Kerry is not going to win, so why bother?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 9, 2004 12:22 PM
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