October 11, 2005

THE STORY NEVER MADE SENSE OTHERWISE (via David Cohen):

New York subway threat a hoax: reports (AFP, Oct 11, 2005)

The subway terrorist threat that gripped New York last weekend was a hoax stemming from false intelligence provided by a normally reliable informant, US law enforcement officials were quoted as saying.

According to newspaper and television reports, the unidentified officials said the informant -- believed to be from Pakistan -- had admitted leading investigators astray about a plot to bomb the New York subway system.

The threat, which was unusually specific as to time and place, was taken very seriously by city officials who issued a high alert and flooded the subway network with extra police and National Guard troops.

The informant had fingered three men in Iraq as being behind the plot, but their subsequent capture and interrogation revealed no links to any plan or any known terrorist group, CNN quoted law enforcement sources as saying.

He also admitted to fabricating a story about another individual who had made his way into the United States to help lay the ground for the alleged bomb plot.

"The threat has washed out," the New York Post quoted a senior law enforcement source as saying. "If there was something going on, it was disrupted."


The Feds were always so blase about this that if the threat were real it would have surpassed understanding that they did so little.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2005 1:17 PM
Comments

"if the threat were real it would have surpassed understanding that they did so little."

Wrong. If the threat were real, it would have surpassed understanding if the Feds did anything at all.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 11, 2005 2:26 PM

I hope they didn't hurt or embarass the informant.

Posted by: Genecis at October 11, 2005 6:21 PM
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