Saturday, August 12, 2006

You Mean They Hyped The Terrorist Danger? Our Government Would Do That?

Here's the first but probably not the last of the stories revealing misinformation about the latest terrorist reports. I wonder what drove the timing from our end? Did Karl Rove know Lieberman was going to lose and did he use this to deflect from the anti-Iraq message? If any political considerations trumped the plans of British officials on the case, then this is already a disgrace. Here's the money quote from this NBC piece:
"In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports."

NBC: Disagreement over timing of arrests - Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit -


At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Paula said...

Let's see....Rowe and Company covered up the following, at the very least.

Israel bombing Lebanon into the stone age.

BP raping the Alaska tundra and economy.

Joe Lieberman (republican in disguise) getting just what he deserves.

The peace (if you can call it that) in Dufur evaporating.

Reports of the economy starting to falter, again.

Facts that Iraqi is getting worse by the day. More deaths, more progress. Oh, and MORE U.S. money.

No...the U.S. government wouldn't do that. **wink**


At 11:01 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

There was also the hype that this proved the NSA programs were a good thing when actually this was done with warrants. Plus the hype that the date was August 16th, plus the....

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Jack Bog said...

You can be darn sure the Brits would not have timed the raid for a day when there was already a pro-"coalition" headline already in place. They were sitting on this one for weeks, if not months.

I wish our government would, as one of the world's greatest statesmen once put it, "just stop doin' this shit."

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Alan DeWitt said...

I don't think it was influenced by politics. If Rove could have ginned up the announcement on his schedule, he surely would have done it the day before the Connecticut primary.

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

That's one strategy except that they've used this primary election as the basis for their entire campaign message which is that Democrats are cut-and-run, no-resolve softies on terrorism. So Lieberman's loss gave them that tactic even thought it is BS - he lost mainly because he supported the war in Iraq. Of course in Republican spin, Iraq and terrorism are the same thing.
By the way, I saw a poll saying Lieberman is ahead so now Rove and company can pull all support for the Republican who wasn't going to win a 2-way race, and get an independent Bush supporter in office - possibly.
So they had every reason to time this plot announcement for right after a stinging rebuke of the Iraq War. Get everybody's mind back on 9/11 and terrorists. I also read that Cheney set up the announcement with speeches on these subjects because he knew the news of the plot was about to come out, although the White House denies that of course.


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