August 18, 2006

IF OBL WERE ALIVE HE'D HAVE GIVEN THE ORDER:

Plot to blow up airlines 'sanctioned by al-Qaida chief' (Duncan Campbell, August 18, 2006, Guardian)

A Pakistani security official yesterday claimed that a plot to blow up transatlantic airlines had been sanctioned by Ayman al-Zawahri, the man described as the number two in al-Qaida. The claim came as eight foreign nationals, some of whom have been detained for more than two years as Taliban and al-Qaida suspects, were released in Pakistan protesting their innocence.

"We have reason to believe that it was al-Qaida sanctioned and was probably cleared by al-Zawahri," a senior security official told the Associated Press yesterday. Previously the Pakistani authorities have suggested that a plot had been hatched slightly further down the supposed al-Qaida chain of command.

Rashid Rauf, the Briton detained last week in Bahawalpur, Punjab, was still being held and questioned by Pakistani authorities. They have now been joined by a team of what is believed to be six detectives from the UK.

Another off-the-record security briefing suggested a British Muslim of Afghan origin, an Eritrean national and a Pakistani are also being sought by the Pakistani police.


Gotta love how Democrats, on the one hand, are trying to convince us that they're capable of handling national security while, on the other, seemingly half the Left denies this plot was even real.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2006 9:55 AM
Comments

That's how the Democrats are going to handle national security -- simply imagine it away by belieivng the Islamic radicals hate Bush for the same reasons they do (didn't Osama mention something about dangling chads and Kyoto in his first post-9/11 taped message?), and once he's gone, they won't have an objection in the world to Western Civilization.

Posted by: John at August 18, 2006 10:53 AM

Democrats and national security = Snakes on a Plane.

Posted by: Ed Bush at August 18, 2006 11:03 AM

I get it! The Dems are able to stop such plots, too, but only when they are fantasies created by GOP administrations.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 18, 2006 12:03 PM
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