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Posted on Aug 10, 2006
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British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday, Aug. 10, after Britain’s national security threat level was raised to critical.

Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.  As of Thursday, no one boarding a plane in the UK was allowed any baggage or belongings, other than wallets and passports.

Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

BBC News:

According to MI5’s website, critical threat level means “an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK”.

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says he does not think the police believe an attack is imminent.

“The reason for raising the threat level is in case there is some other sub-plot, back-up plot around this that the police aren’t aware of,” he said.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a “major operation” which would be “lengthy and complex”.

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By Hilding Lindquist, August 10, 2006 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Comment #17723 by harald hardrada on 8/10 at 1:33 pm

<q>Israeli forces just had their worst day yet in lebanon—hasn’t anybody else noticed that lebanon’s now off the front page?—that iraq’s off the front page?—that gaza’s off the front page?</q>

It is also (See my earlier comment below.) the timing of the announcement that I, too, have a problem with now that I have watched the other news of the day being pushed aside.

As a free and open society we have so many vulnerable points ... and there are now SO many people and groups that wish to do us harm ... that I wouldn’t be surprised if our intelligence forces had a threat lined up for every time they need one.

And as one website says Machiavelli taught in The Prince: “In order [for a prince] to maintain his power, a prince must earn the loyalty of his subjects, and he can best do this by protecting them.”

See: http://www.emachiavelli.com/Prince and Mach summary.htm


I also think they—our spooks—will keep getting better at fitting the level of threat to the level of bad news ... like that Florida terrorist cell was a wee bit slapstick, wasn’t it? (I’ve even forgotten what news cycle that interrupted.)

That doesn’t diminish the threat in my mind ... I believe Muslim Fundamentalists are actively opposing our (the USA and its allies) attempts at global hegemony ... I also happen to believe that the “Shock and Awe” / “Bring it on!” policies of the Necon - Rapturists - Zionists (NRZ), i.e., the Bush Adminsitration, are self-defeating ... because if we do escalate to nuclear warfare as we now appear to be headed, we will have lost ... and I am afraid the NRZ crowd believes that is how we are going to win in the end ... a la Kipling:

Just remember we have got/the Gatling gun and they have not.” [sic]

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By Geronimo, August 10, 2006 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment
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Lest we forget

The conquistadores labeled the Indians savages, said that the only good “Injun” was a dead “Injun.” and then proceeded to genocide them,  which raises questions as to who was the real savage?.

Today the Israelis in cahoots with the American,  French and British governments, brand Arabs and Moslems terrorists and then proceed to blast them to kingdom come, which, of course,  brings up the question,  who’s the real terrorist?

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By stonehinge, August 10, 2006 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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Hey folks, this one is total fraud.  The bomb methodology just doesn’t cut it - there is not enough oxidative power available from commercial hydrogen peroxide to do anything more than launch a backyard bottle rocket.  There is nothing here even remotely close to what it would take to cause loss of life on an “unprecedented scale.” 

What is more, the evidence obtained from the raid was hydrogen peroxide along with some peanut butter and baked beans.  This is even more pitiful than the “shoe-bomber” farce.

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By TomChicago, August 10, 2006 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry, but cynical as I am about the current regime and their motivations, I cannot agree that their “announcement” was “timed” in any way.  This was world news and it took its rightful place on front pages everywhere.  This is not to say that American Republicans do not know a gift horse when they see it, and we will consequently be served large portions of fricassee of fear for as long as they can force feed it to us; it is their stock in trade and there are, after all, elections drawing near.

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By Mac McKinney, August 10, 2006 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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Beware of well-versed Englishmen announcing the disruption of yet another terror plot. It has now come out that authorities had this “plot” under surveillance for months. So the next question is, did they also infiltrate the alleged plotters with undercover agents? Was it a sting operation? Were agents suggesting to the alleged plotters that they adopt this or that tactic? Did they provide any resources? More will inevitably come out, so stay tuned, but definitely stay aware that both the American and British governments prefer to keep their citizens in a state of panic and fear. You know the old saying: A government that can get you to believe absurdities can get you to commit atrocities.

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By harald hardrada, August 10, 2006 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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the timing of the announcement’s no accident

israeli forces just had their worst day yet in lebanon—hasn’t anybody else noticed that lebanon’s now off the front page?—that iraq’s off the front page?—that gaza’s off the front page?

what stunts will our glorified chickenhawk leaders pull if israeli fortunes keep sliding?

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By KenDenver, August 10, 2006 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Not that I’m cynical or anything, but after living through the Bush era, it becomes more difficult to believe anything.  I’m sure this was a possible threat, and I’m sure there are more threats out there, but the authorities and the press are making it sound as if these terrorists were actually boarding the planes.  As we approach the height of the mid-term election cycle, I expect many more of these terrorist threats to be uncovered.  By some miracle they will cease after November 7th.  If there is one thing the Bush people have learned, it is that scaring the shit out of the American public will keep them in the Republican camp.  And these scarier than shit Bush people sure know how to push the fear buttons for Americans.  Mushroom clouds again, anyone?

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By Hilding Lindquist, August 10, 2006 at 7:27 am Link to this comment
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In the nature of self-fulfilling prophecy we now have Al Qaeda apparently vying with Hezbollah in a game reminescent of and old radio show from my youth, “Can You Top This?” Then it was about jokes.

While Condi wrings her hands, the Neocons - Rapturists - Zionists yell, “Bring it on!”

Instead of using our power to engage in a peace process, we are engaging in tit for tat violent conflict reminescent of Kipling’s theme:

“Whatever happens we have got/the Gatling gun and they have not.” [sic]

Substitute nuclear weapons for Gatling gun and you have the midnset of the USA-Israeli leadership now in power.

Where are the adults? What we have are little boys acting as bullies in a pissing contest bringing the world closer and closer to meltdown.

Isn’t ironic that our president calls us a Christian nation?

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of god.” -Matthew 5:9

Jesus, why have we forsaken thee?

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By TomChicago, August 10, 2006 at 4:17 am Link to this comment
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more faith-based madness; more martyrs; more death as virtue; more “salvation” and “paradise” through bloodshed.  The Christian fundamentalist dreams of rapture meet the Islamist dreams of rapture.

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