In a blatant disregard for US citizen intelligence, the Bush regime released a major in the run-up to the Patriot Act renewal and NSA hearings:
President Bush said the U.S.-led global war on terror has “weakened and fractured” al-Qaida and allied groups, outlining as proof new details about the multinational cooperation that foiled purported terrorist plans to fly a commercial airplane into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast.
Bush has referred to the 2002 plot before. In an address last October, he said the United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the al-Qaida terror network in the last four years, including plans for Sept. 11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts. The White House initially would not give details of the plots but later released a fact sheet with a brief, and vague, description of each.
That was 4 years ago! How convenient is that?
In today’s speech Bush added some details, including that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, had recruited men from southeast Asia to hijack a plane using shoebombs to breach the cockpit door — and that the plot was thwarted with international cooperation.
Bush referred to the plot as targeting the Liberty Tower, even though he meant Library Tower.
I know Bush has speech problems, but to replace the word “Library” with “Liberty”? Come on…
To top it all off, itto inform the city that might be impacted:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush’s announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as “nonexistent.”
“I’m amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,” the mayor said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t expect a call from the president — but somebody.”
The mayor also suggested that some funding from the Iraq war could be redirected to homeland security, which could be used for the protection of high-risk targets in Los Angeles. He did not advocate an immediate withdrawal of troops.
Update: Interesting interview on Countdown via Brad Blog.
Update 2: “Intel pros say Bush is lying about foiling 2002 terror attack” via Capitol Hill Blue.
Update 3: “AN OBSCENE ABUSE OF POWER : BUSH’S BOGUS “TERROR” ALERTS” via Bella Ciao.