Scripps Howard:

We are focusing today on one sentence in a two-page U.S. document officially known as number AFGP-2002-603856. It is a 2002 letter in which al Qaeda says that it has infiltrated United Arab Emirates security and other agencies.

It was a warning siren document that should have raised urgent concerns at the highest level of the U.S. government. President Bush and his entire team initially dozed through the alarm and apparently expected we all would, too. They rushed to approve a bid by Dubai Ports World (a United Arab Emirates company) to buy a British firm that runs six major U.S. ports without publicly addressing the obvious questions the document raises.

The document, a letter from the al Qaeda terrorist organization to the United Arab Emirates government, mainly warns UAE officials to stop arresting al Qaeda’s “Mujahideen sympathizers.” The second paragraph begins with a potentially chilling boast: “You are well aware that we have infiltrated your security, censorship, and monetary agencies along with other agencies that should not be mentioned.”

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Also: Think Progress has a link to the original Al Qaeda letter.

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