September 8, 2007

LUCKILY, W IGNORES THE CRITICS:

US tip-off foiled German bomb plot, reports say (Jess Smee, September 8, 2007, The Guardian)

A tip-off from US intelligence helped to foil the terror bomb plot in Germany, it emerged yesterday.

"The first piece of hard evidence on the bomb plot against American military and airbases in Germany was transmitted to the German authorities from American intelligence officials," Rolf Tophoven, director of the German institute for terrorist research and security policy, said.

US satellite systems picked up on electronic contact between Pakistan and Germany more than 10 months ago, he said. "From then on, the operation progressed with the clandestine support of the US in the background."

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the US officials gave the Germans internet IP addresses - numbers that can help to locate a computer - and parts of names.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 8, 2007 6:13 PM
Comments

Meanwhile, the editors of our local parakeet nappy (The Oregonian) have lauded this bust as the low-tech work of Deutschcops on the strasse. Right.

Posted by: ghostcat at September 8, 2007 8:32 PM

10 months ago is about when the FISA judge revoked a NSA's ability to monitor phone taps of foreign-to-foreign calls crossing through a US phone switch. They got it back only a few weeks ago. Wonder what was missed?

Posted by: Gideon at September 9, 2007 7:04 AM

"permission"

Posted by: oj at September 9, 2007 8:22 AM
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