Monday, July 11, 2005

Terror attack "imminent" within next 90 days?

This one caught my eye bigtime. It was four years ago, arond late June/early July of 2001, that a few reports surfaced in the press indicating that Osama bin Laden was planning a massive attack on the United States in what was then considered the very near future. Most of the reports got pushed toward the rear for sake of "bigger" stories, like the stem cell research debate and the Gary Condit thing. I remember those stories pretty well though, and did think about them a lot when 9/11 happened. I think a couple of them even appeared on WorldNetDaily, which is where this next story comes from. I know, it has a rep for sometimes over-sensationalizing an issue and it's still a little too partisan shills for the Republicans, but otherwise I've never had a reason not to respect it. All that said, this story they published Saturday merits some consideration...
Intel analyst: Attack on U.S. imminent

Former Israeli agent says government not preparing citizens

Posted: July 9, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Terrorists will try to carry out an attack on the United States within the next 90 days, a former Israeli counterterrorism intelligence officer predicts.

Juval Aviv, head of the New York-based intelligence company Interfor and a special consultant to the U.S. Congress, told Fox News his information is based primarily on intelligence "floating in Europe and the Middle East."

An event is "imminent and around the corner here in the United States," he said. "It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the most."

Aviv, author of "Staying Safe: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business," said Americans should look at what happened in London and expect mass transportation to be the next target of attack.

"We have put all of our emphasis, right or wrong, on the aviation area," he said. "What has happened, in the last two to three years, based on information we have, the terrorists have realized that they cannot hijack a plane in America soon because the passengers are going to fight back."

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"What they're going to do is hit six, seven, or eight cities simultaneously to show sophistication and really hit the public," Aviv said.

But this time, he emphasized, it will not only be big cities.

"They're going to try to hit rural America," Aviv said. "They want to send a message to rural America: 'You're not protected. If you figured out that if you just move out of New York and move to Montana or to Pittsburgh, you're not immune. We're going to get you wherever we can and it's easier there than in New York.'"

Mash here for the rest of the story. If this does happen, I'll bet good money that it will be because the perpetrators easily crossed the border from Mexico, or perhaps from Canada. Our border security is a sham and a half, and so far President Bush and a complacent Congress are doing nothing to improve the situation. You can't have a secure nation without recognized and enforced borders of some sort. That doesn't mean we erect walls on the north and south and barricade both coastlines, but it does mean that we cast a more wary eye on who is coming into our country and for what purpose. As it stands now, it's almost as if Bush and crew are inviting disaster to sneak across into America.

Expect bad repercussions across the board if this intelligence guy's warning has some validity to it. I don't know if it does or not, but I do know that it was this same time four years ago that we got a warning, and we didn't heed it very well.

2 comments:

William said...

Um....what if Bush WANTS it to happen? Ever think of that?

It's easy to see the Secret Service knew where the planes were going to hit, if you simply think about it.

Christopher said...

Yeah, I'm aware of the speculation that 9/11 was an "inside job", but I'm not really all that well-schooled on any of the notions. I do have to wonder though: how is it that a bill so behemoth as the PATRIOT Act was assembled so quickly in the days following the attacks? Unless it was already sitting on a shelf somewhere, waiting for the right time to be brought out. It was a statist's dream waiting to happen and 9/11, even if it was NOT desired by this administration, WAS seized upon as a ripe opportunity.