Tuesday, September 08, 2009

GWOT Worked, Contrary to MSM Reports

Buried in its back pages, the Washington Post notes the conviction of a gigantic plot to blow up seven airliners in 2006. I'm sure the NYT might have put in on p. 20, below the fold.
A jury at a London court found Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, Assad Sarwar, 29, and Tanvir Hussain, 28, guilty of conspiracy to murder by detonating explosives on aircraft while they were in-flight.... British and U.S. security officials said the plan - unlike many recent homegrown European terrorist plots - was directly linked to al-Qaida and guided by senior Islamic militants in Pakistan, who hoped to mount a spectacular strike on the West.

The officials said British plotters were likely just days away from mounting their suicide attacks when police rounded up 25 people in dawn raids in August 2006. Their arrests led to travel chaos as hundreds of jetliners were grounded across Europe. Discovery of the plot also triggered changes to airport security, including new restrictions on the amount of liquids and gels passengers can take onto flights.

Prosecutors said suspects had identified seven specific flights from London's Heathrow airport to New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal, as their targets. British authorities estimate that, if successful, around 2,000 passengers would have died. If bombs were detonated over U.S. and Canadian cities, hundreds more would have been killed on the ground.

The Democrats are presumably busy dismantling our national security apparatus as I write this, as the criminal AG Janet Reno and her accomplice Jamie Gorelick did in the mid-nineties to enable the Al Qaeda back then to infiltrate the USA.

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