August 5, 2004


British Raids Net a Leader Of Al Qaeda: Official Connects Suspect To Terror Alert Data (Dana Priest, August 5, 2004, Washington Post)

A key al Qaeda figure who had access to the surveillance data that led authorities to increase the terror alert level was among those arrested in raids in Britain on Tuesday, according to a senior U.S. national security official. He said the arrests were made on information obtained following the arrests of al Qaeda suspects in Pakistan.

The official described the arrest of Eisa al-Hindi, an al Qaeda leader in Britain, as the initial unraveling of a network of al Qaeda members believed to have been actively planning attacks in the United States and elsewhere.

Al-Hindi, according to the official, had access to the detailed surveillance of the five financial institutions in Washington, New Jersey and New York that was stored in the computer of a suspect apprehended earlier in Pakistan. Other al Qaeda operatives outside Britain also had access to the information, the official said.

The official also said investigators believe there may be a link between al-Hindi and other recent intelligence that has raised serious concerns among counterterrorism officials in Washington.

It's all an elaborrate hoax to drown out John Kerry. Though that does raise the question of why the Brits want him to lose.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2004 9:18 AM

It's obvious Maggie Thatcher still controls the British government, and her latest plot to help save Bush was triggered by hidden code words within the taped eulogy played at the Reagan funeral back in June...

Posted by: John at August 5, 2004 10:43 AM
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