Could it possibly be true?

After this latest "Terrorists threaten to/almost blow up {insert target}" claim, all of which end up being crap, I'm left wondering if it could possibly be true. Could there be people who would really do something as evil as scare American families with the threat of terror attacks purely for political reasons?
via Atrios:

When U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf described the alleged terror plot to blow up Kennedy Airport as "one of the most chilling plots imaginable," which might have caused "unthinkable" devastation, one law enforcement official said he cringed.

The plot, he knew, was never operational. The public had never been at risk. And the notion of blowing up the airport, let alone the borough of Queens, by exploding a fuel tank was in all likelihood a technical impossibility.

And now, with a portrait emerging of alleged mastermind Russell Defreitas as hapless and episodically homeless, and of co-conspirator Abdel Nur as a drug addict, Mauskopf's initial characterizations seem more questionable -- some go so far as to say hyped.

"I think her comments were over the top," said Michael Greenberger, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. "It was a totally overstated characterization that doesn't comport with the facts."

This is just the latest in a long-line of incidents in which the Bush Administration has exaggerated a terror plot, just when the news is particularly negative towards them. Stating the facts better than I ever could, here is Keith Olbermann.

There are real people affected by these events. There are probably kids scared silly because their parents let them watch the news or overhear it on the radio and they think someone is trying to kill them all the time.

It's immoral, it's evil.

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Too sad to be true...

but it is.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron nailed this at Huffington Post:

How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps

So before it can be obvious to the world that there's no case, the FBI will arrest your very own terrorist, hold a press conference and announce that a huge terrorist plot has been foiled. It will of course be forced to admit that this plot did not proceed beyond the pre-planning stage, that no actual weapons or money were involved, and that the plot itself was "not technically feasible," but that will not stop the story from becoming a front-page episode all over America and, within hours, boilerplate for all the Republican politicians who believe that you need to arrest a "homegrown" terrorist now and then to justify the continuing war in Iraq. Everyone will be happy, except for the schmuck you shmikeled into becoming a terrorist, and no one really cares about him anyway.

So congratulations. You have foiled a terrorist plot. Way to go.

If this fuel pipeline

is as vulnerable as they claim it is, what are they doing plastering this all over the news?

Frankly, I have little sympathy for an individual who is interested in pursuing mass murder, whether they're capable of pulling it off or not. Just like the arms dealer who was set up in a sting to buy Russian shoulder-launched missiles to bring down passenger airlines. He's an idiot, but he's an idiot that belongs behind bars.

That being said, this story (and others) are hyped to maintain a level of fear in this country, to keep people iffy about Iraq and Gitmo.

According to the man in charge of the pipeline.

[This isn't a fuse...it just wouldn't work that way.]

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Exactly.

If it were, national security would (should, anyway) dictate the subject receive as little media exposure as possible.

Basically what I'm saying is: pushing this story into our faces is wrong either way—it's either dangerous or fear-mongering.

Tony Soprano

fingered these guys, didn't he?

alleged mastermind Russell Defreitas as hapless and episodically homeless, and of co-conspirator Abdel Nur as a drug addict

No, there's just nothing like laying out a timeline to see the big picture. I think Keith Olbermann deserves an award for putting that one together.

Edwards to give speech on Fighting Terrorists

This should be interesting. John Edwards is going to present a speech tomorrow in New York City. He is going to outline his plan to fight terrorism. "a smart, mission-focused national security policy designed to stamp out terrorists, not a political slogan designed to stamp out disagreement."

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

My mother's doctor told me yesterday

that the JFK plot was proof that if we didn't fight them overseas, we would be fighting them in downtown Aberdeen.

Aberdeen!! ::eyeroll::

There are still people, smart people, buying this crap.

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To paraphrase a bit...

I'd rather fight them in downtown Aberdeen than here at home in Southern Pines.

:)

Hey - as long as they don't get here during a Holy Golf Tournament, all will be well. :)

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It's simple.

Politics of distraction.

Olbermann did ten minutes

on how every time the Bush folks are in political trouble, another "plot" is exposed that we should all get scared (and distracted) about.

Here's the post at C&L called The Nexus of Politics and Terror.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

or....

you can watch the two videos above, which show Olbermann doing fifteen minutes on how every time the Bush folks yadda yadda yadda.
: )

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Awesome videos!

Thanks for posting them. I'm glad Olbermann covered this. It's been pretty apparent for a long time.