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Posted on May 7, 2012
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The first underwear bomb plot was thwarted aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas 2009. The airplane is shown here after its arrival at Detroit Metro Airport later that day. 

The CIA foiled an elaborate new underwear bomb plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen that was intended to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, The Associated Press reported Monday. The strike was reportedly planned to take place around the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

AP via The Huffington Post:

The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.

The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.

The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen, had not yet picked a target or bought his plane tickets when the CIA stepped in and seized the bomb, officials said. It’s not immediately clear what happened to the alleged bomber.

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News that the bomb plot was thwarted closely follows the announcement that a senior al-Qaida leader, Fahd al-Quso, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen on Sunday. —TEB

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By diamond, May 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

“and if you don’t know any history, don’t know that George and Martha Washington
are honored as patron saints in Yemen and that there’s statues of them riding stegasauri in Sanaa and other major Yemeni cities and towns, i don’t know WHERE
you were educated.”

Patron saints of what? Cherry tree felling? As for the stegasauri, ease up on the bongs.

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By heterochromatic, May 9, 2012 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

dia——-  “isn’t it obvious…”——no it’s not obvious.


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and if you don’t know any history, don’t know that George and Martha Washington
are honored as patron saints in Yemen and that there’s statues of them riding
stegasauri in Sanaa and other major Yemeni cities and towns, i don’t know WHERE
you were educated.

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By diamond, May 9, 2012 at 1:43 am Link to this comment

“dia—that the plot was foiled by a double-agent is something that you take to mean that there wasn’t a real plot, a real bunch of terror dudes working to
improve their last fizzled undiebomb, and a real improved bomb…”

I’m sure you don’t believe this crap. No one with a functioning brain could. Isn’t it more than obvious that the CIA is involved in these ‘foiled’ plots (and not in a heroic way) up to their short back and sides haircuts? “Terror dudes” my curvy little backside. Only a fool would persist in not believing what is staring them in the face. But why would I be surprised? Someone who believes that Yemen is the 51st state of America and has had links with the US for ‘thousands’ of years clearly has a tenuous grip on reality and is very easily fooled by psyops.

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By heterochromatic, May 9, 2012 at 12:33 am Link to this comment

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dog—-

these are the people whose shit you’re swallowing.

you’re as stupid as can be and crazy as a shithouse rat to read and believe the
crap that you link to.


you’re such a fool and a disgrace to whatever scraps of intelligence that a dog
is born with.

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment

Mossad Tied to ‘Underwear Bomber’
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/underwear_bomber__206.html
 
By Victor Thorn

“His explosives couldn’t have blown up his own seat. Even if full power, it
wouldn’t have worked.” These were the words relayed to me during a Jan. 2
interview with military analyst and counterinsurgency specialist Gordon Duff in
regard to the attempt of Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdul
Mutallab [sometimes referred to as Abdulmutallab] to ignite 80 grams of the
explosive PETN on a flight destined for America. He also explained how the
patsy’s country of origin, Nigeria, is clandestinely controlled by the Israeli army
and Mossad.

These entities train the military, sell weapons, run the airports, and wield power
over DICON (Defense Industries Corporation). Furthermore, Mutallab’s father is
a Mossad partner and Israel’s No. 1 contact in Nigeria. As the former CEO of his
country’s most influential bank and the man who ran their national arms
industry, Mr. Mutallab also harbors extremely close relationships with the U.S.
ambassador and CIA chief in Nigeria.

On Nov. 19, 2009, Mutallab supposedly felt so alarmed about his errant son’s
behavior that he met with the CIA’s station chief in Nigeria. Duff describes the
father in a Dec. 31 article for Veterans Today as “one of the richest people in
the world, head of a major bank, head of the national
armaments industry, and close associate of the U.S. ambassador,” as well as
being a Mossad asset. Yet we’re to believe that nobody prevented his Yemeni-
influenced “terrorist” son from boarding a plane ultimately bound for Detroit?

[...]

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment

dia—that the plot was foiled by a double-agent is something that you take to
mean that there wasn’t a real plot, a real bunch of terror dudes working to
improve their last fizzled undiebomb, and a real improved bomb…


that we fucked up their plot means to you that it was all “stage-managed” or a
fake….....

I still await your plentitude of proof.

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment

“dia—startling revelation! I never once suspected you…... how long you been at it?”

They’ve admitted that the guy with the bomb next to the family jewels was a CIA double agent. For God’s sake try to keep up. All the others were ditto but they haven’t admitted that - yet.

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

ad hominem - nothing more expected

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment

dog—you flaming fucked-up fool ...this gem is from earlier link…...


Kristallnacht—-When government officials were away, Jewish-paid thugs went
on a rampage in Berlin and some border towns. Nazis were blamed, and world
opinion favored Jews

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you link to this and you get called what you deserve to be callerd, a sub-
normal, fuckhead.
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pull your head out of the shit.

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

Former Marine (special ops) Gordon Duff got the connections into Mossad and
Blackwater - his analysis is based on sources he ain’t gonna share - nevertheless,
anyone got an issue, take it up with Duff - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

as for the name calling (we’re all now so used to), it speaks for itself - this is your
mirror, resident troll-sod… as persona non grata, it’s all you get

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

dog—- will you stop being a fucking fool and stop quoting assholes who are
clearly making shit up and lying?

You link to some shitpot named Duff who says he’s quoting Mark Perry’s
work….. why not link to Mark perry’s original??????

that way you’re not a fool.


the shit from Duff says that Perry is saying this…..


” Israel, among other states, has supplied and trained Taliban and led attacks
against American forces in Afghanistan and to a greater degree Iraq.”


well, ya dumb dog, perry didn’t say that or anything like that. Duff is saying it
and he offers nothing to support his crap…... makes you an asshole, dog, when
you link to this shit.


here’s Perry’s story, ya dumb dog.

http://tinyurl.com/7oylfvy

 

stop being such a fool

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Israeli Agents, Phony Credentials, Terrorist Recruiters? http://www.whale.to/c/israeli_agents.html

by Gordon Duff http://www.veteranstoday.com

Council on Foreign Relations Busts Israel for False Flag Terror

When Mark Perry, writing for the CFR, considered the most conservative and certainly the largest American think tank accused Israel of using CIA credentials for recruiting terrorists, particularly against Iran, I nearly fell of my chair.

I had known about this all along.  The operations, based in Balochistan, were done by the Mossad with support from Britain’s MI 6 and operational support supplied by Blackwater.  The project head at Blackwater is a friend who was not briefed that he was supporting an illegal terrorist organization.  I love to pick on Blackwater but best stick to the truth.

The attacks, supporting a separatist movement, meaning one operating not just against Iran but our ally Pakistan, are terrorism.  Jeff Gates and I met with the defacto president of the separatist republic last year.  He had been shot 3 times and was bleeding on the couch.

These are some tough boys.

There is a reason for Balochistan to be unhappy with rule from Islamabad but there are other facts to take into account:

Helping Israel’s Mossad and Britain’s MI-6 is India’s RAW.  All 3 are acting as terrorist groups.

All 3 groups and others not mentioned are supporting their operations with heroin trafficking.

All 3 groups have supplied weapons and training that have been used against American troops.

Let’s stop there.

What am I saying?  Israel, among other states, has supplied and trained Taliban and led attacks against American forces in Afghanistan and to a greater degree Iraq.  The US military is aware of it but considers itself powerless to complain because of the power of the AIPAC/Israeli lobby in Washington.

Proof of this came when real American intelligence operatives traced videos of sniper attacks against Americans in Iraq to proxy addresses used by pro-Israel or Jewish “defense” groups.  You didn’t read this.  However, if you have clearance to check such things, please do so.  It might start you questioning things.  This is the problem with “inconsistencies.”

Thus, we have an ally killing American troops and getting away with it just as they had in 1967 with the USS Liberty?  Never heard of it?  Look it up.

I am not going to engage in a blanket attack on the Mossad.  I have friends there and they are no longer the unilateral organization they once were.  Half the Mossad can be considered pirates by today’s standards.  Many of them say the same things I do.

What has happened is a couple of things.

The most obvious is that war and terrorism are a business, always has been, always will be.  Hiding behind “poor Israel” and holocaust stories, the Mossad and other groups tied to Israel are involved in terror networks around the world, now very publicly “outed” for pretending to be the CIA.

They also claim to be the FBI and Homeland Security.  They carry FBI credentials and, in some cases, are backed up when caught.

[...]

Placing the United States Coast Guard, an organization of impeccable reputation, in with a gang of criminals is what we call “cover and deception.”

Controlling the organs of state security here at home has always been a priority, domestic terrorism has been the chosen methodology and will continue to be, financed by American tax dollars.

The majority of terror organizations in the world are intelligence agencies.  For those who don’t know, Al Qaeda is an invention of the CIA which is supported by phony intelligence submitted to congress and the Department of Defense by SITE Intelligence, a contractor that creates phony stories crediting a non-existent group supposedly called Al Qaeda for terror acts really done by hired thugs, gangsters or CIA contractors.

[...]

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

dia—startling revelation! I never once suspected you…... how long you been at it?

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theory, even plausible theory, is a little light as evidence…

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

“dia—- I’ll be glad to review your proffered plentitude of “evidence” concerning
falsification.”

Two words, Hetero. Double agent.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

dog—- that last link you couldn’t have read. even you aren’t fucked-up enough to
post that shit.

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

wag the dog and pony show - how much bad theatre can the spooks at Langley
dream up?

it’s like Langley, Vauxhall Cross and Tel Aviv are in competition to mount the
most absurd psyops

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/05/cia_group_had_wacky_ideas_to_d.html

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/shoedoubts.html?q=shoedoubts.html

http://www.whale.to/b/mossad_black_ops.html

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

Wrong again, infantile troll.

The only thing you take out of me is my patience and compassion for the scum of the earth.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

nope, the vexed little cry of “piss off’ came after you finally realized that I was
taking the piss out of you.

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Hetero no-neck was told to piss off because he in his usual lowly paid troll fashion tried to scuttle the discussion of the latest fakeroo terrorist bomb in the shorts or bunghole gambit by posting drivel about Yemen.

This poster was the first horse out of the starting gate to call foul and decry the latest bogus plot that kicked off the re-election campaign of the Plastic Black Ventriloquist Dummy.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

dia—- I’ll be glad to review your proffered plentitude of “evidence” concerning
falsification.

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

Apparently you do not understand what piss off means.

It is not the UK equivalent of you gringos’ fuck off phrase—it is the UK equivalent of shove off or get lost.

If you gringos ever travelled maybe you’d know somthing about the world and how it operates.

You’d also know why everybody hates you.

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

“Eat shit and die” and “piss off” are the equivalent of throwing the gun when you’ve run out of bullets. And yet there’s plenty of argument to be had on this topic. As usual, Hetero doesn’t want to have it because there is so much evidence that these ‘foiled terror attacks’ are fake or at least stage managed. And of course we know where that leads. All the way back to 9/11 and the anthrax letters.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

not an attack, but dietary instruction and a suggestion as to how you could
improve the comments here.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

eat shit and die

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Something wrong with this computer.

Telling someone to piss off is not a personal attack.

It’s a command, dummy.

Follow it.

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

Telling someone is not a personal attack.

It’s a command, dummy.

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By blogdog, May 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

from the article: ...They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it
probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear
whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it…

stage clearly set for full body and cavity searches - now we’re getting somewhere
- incumbent-POTUS-election-year acrobatics, or TSA recruiting stunt?

but in all seriousness and on the practical side - what’s to stop bombers from just hitting the ticketing lobby? This is understood in Japan, where luggage and carry-ons are screened outside the airport, with zero access around the screeners…

clearly TSA and Homeland know what is their real mission

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

oh, you potty-mouthed troll, you.


I’m so insulted by your personal attack that I can hardly maintain my dance.

http://youtu.be/ISKbduIpRRs

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Piss off.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

what????? next you’re going to tell rick that he was misinformed about the waters
in Casablanca?


wow… thanks for correcting my minor misconceptions….but the lobby for the 20
million Yemeni-Americans controls all the mass media on the east coast and it’s
hard to resist believing them

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

You are effing nuts, no-neck.

Zabid’s university was quite an attraction for speakers and writers of Arabic in the 13th to 15th centuries, but that was just a littttttttle bit before the US existed. 

So no gringos were sending their kids there to study.  And almost zero percent of gringos speak ANY Arabic—much less write it.

As for Zabid’s being a wildly popoular vacation spot, I cannot think of any gringos who have spent any time there—ever.  The only gringos I have ever met in that context were in Sa’ana, or out four-wheeling in the wadis.  With the exception of the drug and antiquities traffickers in Aden….

And you may weant to google to find out just when Yemen becamse a COUNTRY—much less an ally of the gringos—as I can remember easily when it did not exist, as that was only slightly over 20 years ago.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

Yemen is known as the cradle of the Enlightenment and has for several hundred
years been a close ally of the United States.

As well, Zabid is a wildly popular vacation spot for Americans and many Americans
sent their sons and daughters to the university there…or did until the Ottoman
Empire so cruelly neglected the place

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By americanme, May 8, 2012 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Hetero:  You are so ignorant it is actually painful to read your posts.

Yemen is one of the most tribal spots on the planet—all fighting against each other and the US is only there because all those folks have to buy arms to fight each other with.

Other than its danger level, I like Yemen. 

Of course there are many folks that say Mexico is much more dangerous.

They might even be right.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

yemen is like the 51st state!!!  the close ties between Yemen and the uSA go back
thousands of years and the 20 + million Yemeni-Americans (and their powerful
lobby) are demanding our involvement there and insist that we do whatever it
takes.

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By thecrow, May 8, 2012 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

The “well-dressed man” strikes again.

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/points-of-failure/

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By rtb61, May 8, 2012 at 2:23 am Link to this comment

So as the pressure mounts upon the TSA for it’s many abuses of the public, another underwear bomber surfaces, funny wasn’t that the reason for initiating the last round of abuses, talk about a lack of imagination.
So was the the plot foiled by TSA agents irradiating and groping the terrorist, no. Incoming flight the threat, hmm, I get it, the US will shortly begin attempt to for all countries with flights coming into the US to irradiate (with approved high profit scanners) and grope those passengers (don’t want the US to look the worst all of the time.

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 1:49 am Link to this comment

How much longer are the elites going to flog this dead horse? No one’s listening and no one believes anything you say, Panetta, CIA, Pentagon and corporatocracy.

“Likely that release of the news is due to desire to step up anti-AQ attacks in Yemen, which is where AQ is enjoying some success and if we increase ops in Yemen we might also help thwart the iranian proxies also fighting there.”

Yeah, Hetero, and likely pigs might fly.  Grokker’s the only one with a healthy respect for switching on the bullshit detector before believing anything the mainstream media sprays around on this topic.

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By EmileZ, May 8, 2012 at 1:15 am Link to this comment

U.S. out of Yemen!!!

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment

thx. good to know that there are folks who realize that we’re playing here.

and you should know that not everyone believes everything the govt passes out as
fact…but considering that AQ needs some sort of “victory’ after we’ve been
systematically killing their senior officers without them being able to make any
meaningful counter, the story isn’t immediately dismissible. 

Likely that release of the news is due to desire to step up anti-AQ attacks in
Yemen, which is where AQ is enjoying some success and if we increase ops in
Yemen we might also help thwart the iranian proxies also fighting there.

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By grokker, May 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Well played, Hetero!

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

grokker—if you’re frustrated by non-reinforced Al Qadea jockeys, grab
something better.

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By grokker, May 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment

Your absurd circular logic fools no one, Hetero…

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

good point, grokker, but we could have gotten the few hundred innocents killed
by leading the goons succeed with blowing up the plane

you a deep one, by gum.

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By grokker, May 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

I hope the new Al-qaeda underwear bomb upgrade had to do with a better reinforced crotch area. That has always been a bugaboo with me, whether it’s Jockey’s, Fruit of the Loom or otherwise. Amazing how some on this site are so quick to jump on the official propaganda, just because it’s AP?—but always question everyone’s sources, as if they have a monopoly on the truth….. Ya hear me, Hetero and IMax?

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By grokker, May 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

Ooooo, scary. Time to kill a few hundred innocents, Called collateral damage. Are you afraid america? Just go shopping and forger about it.

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

yeah, this is completely unbelievable. Al Qaeda would never try to detonate a
bomb and kill people at random.


who could accuse them of such things?


just not possible to believe.

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By gene bray, May 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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total b.s.

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By Gardizi, May 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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Why does this feel like more BS meant to scare the masses into giving their consent out
of fear..?!

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By C Karen Stopford, May 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t believe a thing you read.  Especially when the
press release comes from the masters of propaganda and
psyops.

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By americanme, May 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

It’s easy to see that Obomber’s re-election campaign has officially started.

How many more plots will be “thwarted” by his minions at the last minute?

What a pile of steaming propaganda.

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