Dec 7, 2013
MSNBC: U.S. Pressured UK to Rush Terror Arrests
Posted on Aug 14, 2006
American officials leaned on England to arrest the would-be plane bombers at least a week before British authorities wanted to move in, according to MSNBC. One British official suggested the attacks were not imminent; the suspects did not yet have plane tickets—some didn’t even have passports.
While we can’t know what allegedly motivated U.S. officials to jump up the arrest date, serious questions are raised:
Why, for example, if the attacks weren’t imminent, were so many flights canceled—as though the suspects were actually at the airport, waiting at the gates?
The most cynical answer to these questions would be that Bush & Co. wanted to change the subject from Ned Lamont’s victory over Joe Lieberman to the omni-present danger of Islamic terrorists.
Unfortunately, given Bush & Co.‘s track record of gross misdirection and outright falsehoods in the service of fighting the so-called war on terror, cynicism is warranted.
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