More On The UK Terrorist Plot

More On The UK Terrorist Plot


So this is a pretty interesting piece of information.

Apparently the terrorists who were going to blow up these planes weren’t as prepared as we had first believed. Personally, I think caution is the better part of valor, but did the US push the UK to move in too quickly?

More from MSNBC:

LONDON – NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.

A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

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.

More soon.

  • Bob J Young

    I watched Michael Chertoff on the news hour last week. I was struck by the fact that he never actually came out and said the suspects had any explosives in their possession. The only thing they supposedly had was a “design�. Technically that could be a picture of a bottle with the word “bomb� on it, scrawled on the back of a napkin. I wonder if any government officials have actually said they possessed an assembled working device? Or is all this talk of flashbulbs and false bottoms just speculation from TV talking heads?

    Then there is the question of what do you call this new breed of clueless terrorist wannabes.

    Vaporware Terror?
    Bumble bombers?
    A few oars short of a terror plot?
    Killer Klowns?

    On one hand it’s kind of funny, in a black humor kind of way. On the other hand trotting out a constant stream of clueless idiots while elevating the terror level to red is going to desensitize the public till they start ignoring real threats.

  • Pero

    Missed the big Plame interview at NPR on 8/10?

    Killer clowns are CIA agents.

  • JP

    Perish the thought. Why would they want to have the arrests made the same week as the Lieberman loss?

  • Jim S

    Of course there are several problems with this article. First, there is only one British official who is a source for it. Given the current divisions within Tony Blair’s government on cooperation with the U.S. I wouldn’t take anything from just one person at face value. Secondly, it completely ignores things that I’ve read and heard from several media outlets that what triggered the arrests had nothing to do with U.S. pressure but with the fact that at least one of the important people in the plot was about to go into areas of Pakistan where the authorities would no longer be able to track him.