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Old 02-02-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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you know it's an election year when ...

... headlines like the one below start appearing ...



[q]U.S. Officials Warn of Greater Terror Threat
By BRIAN KNOWLTON,
International Herald Tribune
By BRIAN KNOWLTON

International Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 — Top American intelligence and military officials said today that the threat of terror attacks against American interests might be greater than ever, despite progress against Al Qaeda and the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, because terror groups have become more diffuse and are aggressively seeking more lethal weapons.

They also complained to senators that the disclosure of once-classified programs like the warrantless surveillance program conducted since 2001 by the National Security Agency had severely undermined their work.

John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite "notable successes against the global jihadist threat" — many of them at the hands of the United States' allies — there had been an "exponential increase" in the numbers of targets being tracked by American intelligence agencies, from terrorist groups to drug traffickers.

Mr. Negroponte said that while "we have eliminated much of the leadership that presided over Al Qaeda in 2001," there were other factors of concern.

Fragmentation of terror groups, both through pressure on longer-standing groups like Al Qaeda and the copycat generation of new groups, had led to "the emergence of a decentralized and diffused movement with minimal centralized guidance or control," like those that had attacked in Casablanca, Madrid and London, Mr. Negroponte said. "They are harder to spot."

Both Al Qaeda and dozens of what he dubbed its "self-generating progeny" remained interested in acquiring chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons, he said, adding that it was now more likely that a terror group might use weapons of mass destruction than that a state might do so.

That view was reinforced in a speech today by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. "The enemy — while weakened and under pressure — is still capable of global reach, and still possesses the determination to kill more Americans — and to do so with the world's most dangerous weapons," Mr. Rumsfeld said in remarks prepared for delivery at the National Press Club.

"There is a tendency to underestimate the threat they pose," he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/02/in...rtner=homepage

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Negroponte is a guy with a bit of a shady history. Some say he was behind right wing death squads in South America.

Maybe that's why he understands the mentality of terrorism.

According to The New York Times, Negroponte carried out "the covert strategy of the Reagan administration to crush the Sandinistas government in Nicaragua."
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Are we not in a perpetual election cycle?
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Are we not in a perpetual election cycle?
with a barely elected president

this admin has been acting under

an all out slash and burn mode the whole time in office


that is why they are the worst Administration ever.
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I guess if we see every mention of the dangers of terrorism as only a political statement, I can understand in part why you have such a view of the current administration.
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I guess if we see every mention of the dangers of terrorism as only a political statement, I can understand in part why you have such a view of the current administration.
keeping Rove
and elevating him to the top advisor to the President
when his only and main skill is to be the scrudest political operative ever


also when the GOP always says we will make this election about security

lends well to this line of thinking
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I guess if we see every mention of the dangers of terrorism as only a political statement, I can understand in part why you have such a view of the current administration.


do you not see the actions of the administration as warrenting such skepticism? the NYC terror alert for the Citibank building the day after the announcement of Edwards as the running mate? Tom Ridge admitting that he was pressued to raise the alert level?

the sad thing is, we're all less safe. there's that whole "boy who cried wolf" story ...
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http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=181

According to this site...

"Just as the members of the Project for a New American Century stated in their manifesto they needed a new Pearl Harbor in order to get the popular support for their radical agenda and they got that new Pearl Harbor on 9/11/2001. Imagine that; the very men who were in positions to prevent, permit or conduct the attacks of 9/11/2001 were the very people who had their wish granted at the moment the first plane hit the WTC.

Another obvious benefit of 9/11 is the open ended financial jackpot delivered to the military industrial complex and to the energy industry; both of which are interwoven with the members of the Bush/PNAC administration. These people have received untold and virtually unlimited financial profits as a result of the events of 9/11. The independent researchers have uncovered mountains of evidence indicating inside (American) complicity in the events of 9/11 yet many people refuse to believe them based on one premise; they refuse to believe that Americans would hurt other Americans. If this were true we would not need prisons. We would not have a Mafia. Greed alone has been the driving force that has caused man to kill man on a massive scale. Greed has been the driving force behind the murders of spouses, children, parents and total strangers. What makes you think that greed alone is not a good enough reason for war profiteers, who as a livelihood deal in death, to sacrifice a few thousand strangers so that they can reap unlimited fortune? That alone could alone serve as motive for taking part in the horrific events of 9/11/2001."



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http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=181

According to this site...

"Just as the members of the Project for a New American Century stated in their manifesto they needed a new Pearl Harbor in order to get the popular support for their radical agenda and they got that new Pearl Harbor on 9/11/2001. Imagine that; the very men who were in positions to prevent, permit or conduct the attacks of 9/11/2001 were the very people who had their wish granted at the moment the first plane hit the WTC.

Another obvious benefit of 9/11 is the open ended financial jackpot delivered to the military industrial complex and to the energy industry; both of which are interwoven with the members of the Bush/PNAC administration. These people have received untold and virtually unlimited financial profits as a result of the events of 9/11. The independent researchers have uncovered mountains of evidence indicating inside (American) complicity in the events of 9/11 yet many people refuse to believe them based on one premise; they refuse to believe that Americans would hurt other Americans. If this were true we would not need prisons. We would not have a Mafia. Greed alone has been the driving force that has caused man to kill man on a massive scale. Greed has been the driving force behind the murders of spouses, children, parents and total strangers. What makes you think that greed alone is not a good enough reason for war profiteers, who as a livelihood deal in death, to sacrifice a few thousand strangers so that they can reap unlimited fortune? That alone could alone serve as motive for taking part in the horrific events of 9/11/2001."



Hmmm.


sorry, can't go along with this one.
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I don't either. I think the key flaw in the conspiracy theories is that the Pentagon itself was attacked - I think the Bush administration has a some cynical and manipulative people in it but I don't think even they would take the risk of ordering or facilitating an attack on their own government building.
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Are we not in a perpetual election cycle?
Not the day after Inauguration Day.
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It's clearly an election-year ploy, since we haven't heard anything about these "alerts" since around election time in 2004. It's as much of a ploy as when Bush suddenly released oil from the strategic reserves around a week before Election Day, just so he could get a nice little drop at the gas pumps.

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http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=181

According to this site...

"Just as the members of the Project for a New American Century stated in their manifesto they needed a new Pearl Harbor in order to get the popular support for their radical agenda and they got that new Pearl Harbor on 9/11/2001. Imagine that; the very men who were in positions to prevent, permit or conduct the attacks of 9/11/2001 were the very people who had their wish granted at the moment the first plane hit the WTC.

Another obvious benefit of 9/11 is the open ended financial jackpot delivered to the military industrial complex and to the energy industry; both of which are interwoven with the members of the Bush/PNAC administration. These people have received untold and virtually unlimited financial profits as a result of the events of 9/11. The independent researchers have uncovered mountains of evidence indicating inside (American) complicity in the events of 9/11 yet many people refuse to believe them based on one premise; they refuse to believe that Americans would hurt other Americans. If this were true we would not need prisons. We would not have a Mafia. Greed alone has been the driving force that has caused man to kill man on a massive scale. Greed has been the driving force behind the murders of spouses, children, parents and total strangers. What makes you think that greed alone is not a good enough reason for war profiteers, who as a livelihood deal in death, to sacrifice a few thousand strangers so that they can reap unlimited fortune? That alone could alone serve as motive for taking part in the horrific events of 9/11/2001."



Hmmm.

No, I don't agree with this either.
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