Saturday, June 24, 2006
The "Miami Muslim" Gravytrain
Now, I'm not about to say that the FBI arresting folks who are ACTUAL terrorists is a bad thing. Quite the contrary, but this entire "Miami/ Muslim terrorist ring" smells to high heaven. Here's why: 1) When a bit of fearmongering is needed, the admin knows that they cannot raise the terror alerts as they did during previous campaigns b/c that ruse is old, tired, and worn out. Plus, we've already been told by former DHS Dir Tom Ridge that he raised those rates to scare people at the behest of BushCo. 2) Isn't it just waaay too convenient that this all went down in brother Jebby's state? Ya know, it'll make both Bush bros look like terrorist-ass kicking heroes? Now, I'd like to claim that this next compendium of "fishy facts" about the "Miami Muslims" as mine, but they're not. These dazzling gems of fact belong to BuzzFlash: The Bush Admin's claim of foiling an attempt to destroy the Sears Tower was propaganda exaggerated to distract and mislead us. While we have not denied there were indeed rumors and boasts of committing acts of terror, a careful examination of the facts makes it clear that the Miami group was not as serious a threat as portrayed in the media. They had no operational ability beyond their mouths. Here is what we found: A) No terrorist connections: Group "never met Bin Laden or had any contact with the terror kingpin's henchmen… In fact, they had no connection to any known terrorist organization." (NY Daily News). B) No actual terrorist actions: No bomb making materials were found in the raids." (CNN.com), "Only overt acts described in the indictments were swearing oaths of allegiance to Al Qaeda and taking video footage of the F.B.I office." (NY Times), 6 of the 7 men indicted "are described only as driving (the leader) or the informer places or as attending meetings between the two." (NY Times), "Only devised a plot on paper." (Chicago Sun-Times). C) Officials dismiss serious risk: Chicago Police: There was "No credible threat… They had no capability to (destroy the Sears tower). They never got to that pt – or could have." (NY Daily News), Sears Tower executive: "Law enforcement continues to tell us that they have never found evidence of a credible terrorism threat against Sears Tower that has gone beyond criminal discussions." (Chicago Sun-Times), Senior federal law-enforcement source: "No means" to attack Sears Tower or other buildings. "There was no threat at all." (Chicago Tribune), Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication Exec Director: "The plan developed in FL was never an actual plan, and therefore, nobody was in danger" (CBS News). Bush has said for yrs that the pt of going to Iraq was to draw out terrorists there to prevent them from coming here. If anything, the most newsworthy aspect of this story is that the suspects were largely Americans, operating w/in our borders, and not even Arab, which means that our focus on War in Iraq does not address threats that could be more immediate." What do I think? I think this entire thing was trumped up by BushCo so they could justify domestic spying and further eradicate our civil rights. They know that the war in Iraq has accomplished nothing, except made the US look like internatl warmongers and has hindered our ability to defend our nation from others. But, since the London bombers were homegrown, the Madrid train bombers were homegrown, & the Canadian group were homegrown, BushCo figures they had better hop on this fearmongering gravytrain while the gettin' is still good. So you have to ask yourself this blood curdling question: Who are the real terrorists?