Thursday, August 10, 2006

News about new version of old Bojinka plot raises more questions about timing of new terror alert than it answers

According to the New York Times , the airline bombing plot uncovered by the British authorities leading to the new security precautions announced this morning bore a distinct similarity to the 1994 Al Qaeda plot foiled by the Clinton administration to blow up airliners over the Pacific. Like the current plot, the "Bojinka" plot involved liquid explosives.
The Bojinka plot was anything but nonsense. At an apartment in Manila, Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Yousef began mixing chemicals, which they planned to put into containers that would be carried on board the airliners, as the London plotters are said to have been planning to do.
Question: Given Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's stunning performance during Hurricane Katrina, how much confidence should we have in his handling of this situation?

Question: If the government knew all along that Al Qaeda had once plotted to use liquid explosives on planes, why wasn't this previously reflected in airline security procedures? Why now? Can you spell politics?

UPDATE: Joe Lieberman seems to have answered that last question.
“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”
Looks like Karl Rove really is running his campaign ...


Kvatch said...

Rove running the campaign for the new Nader. That's bizarre on so many levels.

BTW: Many thanks for stopping by earlier today.

Lew Scannon said...

They've been investigating this case for eighteen months, but only began seizing liquids today? Curious.