Thursday, August 10, 2006

Coincidence or not? It's all about Timing...

It gets even worse. Bush and Cheney most likely KNEW about the investigation the Brits were conducting over this terror plot while Cheney was going about with his "since we didn't choose Lieberman, Osama will KILL US" spiel. He knew they were under surveillance for several days and the police could have pounced anytime. Buzzflash notes the timing of this announcement sounds suspicious in that Lieberman's loss to Lamont shows that the people are beginning to see past the litterbox's rhetoric about staying the course in Iraq to fight the war on terror. They're beginning to doubt that the Republicans are strong on national security, and look what comes up? A terror plot foiled just in the nick of time to give Bush and the Republicans the boost they need to fool the people once again that they are the party of National Security?

This is the party that thought Paris Hilton's inheritance was more important than $1.5 billion to fund port security including $300 million which is chump change to fund the inspection of ALL suspicious looking containers passing through our ports. This is the party that thought a $1.7 billion missile defense system was much more important.

Let's make this clear. The Bush Administration isn't interested in fighting terror but rather only interested in politicizing it to create an atmosphere of fear in the American populace. By the timing of an announcement such as this or leaking highly sensitive information about the arrest of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan who was tracking down Al Qaeda operatives for the Pakistani government, further compromising the Al Qaeda sting operation, it is clear that terror is just a way to get the voters to vote Republican. They leaked the identity of a double agent because the public was skeptical about a previous terror alert! This is of course TREASON for political purposes. Of course the media won't highlight this as they have an interest in seeing the Republicans in power because they support media consolidation...

Remember this is the administration that pressured the Pakistanis to try to capture high value targets before the 2004 election so it would seem that Bush's War on Terror was working!

But The New Republic has learned that Pakistani security officials have been told they must produce HVTs by the election. According to one source in Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), “The Pakistani government is really desperate and wants to flush out bin Laden and his associates after the latest pressures from the U.S. administration to deliver before the [upcoming] U.S. elections.” Introducing target dates for Al Qaeda captures is a new twist in U.S.-Pakistani counterterrorism relations–according to a recently departed intelligence official, “no timetable[s]” were discussed in 2002 or 2003–but the November election is apparently bringing a new deadline pressure to the hunt. Another official, this one from the Pakistani Interior Ministry, which is responsible for internal security, explains, “The Musharraf government has a history of rescuing the Bush administration. They now want Musharraf to bail them out when they are facing hard times in the coming elections.”
Q But the President, himself, approved the red alert?

MR. SNOW: Correct. It was a recommendation by the Homeland Security Council, by Secretary Chertoff and others.

Q When did he approve it?

MR. SNOW: Yesterday.


Q: When did the President first learn about this plot and the investigation into it?

MR. SNOW: Again, we're being a little careful on operational details. I think it's safe to say to what I said before, which is he certainly has been extensively briefed over the last few days as the operation that took place became more and more imminent.

Q Was part of that during the teleconference on Sunday?

MR. SNOW: Let's see, what day was Sunday, that was the 6th? Yes. Yes.

Update: saw on DailyKos more proof that the Bush Administration knew of this terror plot and used it not to inform the American people, but to politicize the War on Terror, to paint Democrats as willing to surrender to terrorists and to paint Lamont's win as OSAMA's number one goal. Instead of informing the people right away, they had to wait until Lamont's win to get the maximum political effect...This is pure disgusting bullshit as evidenced by this...

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