The “credible but non-specific” information about a Mumbai-style terror plot being planned somewhere and involving someone may have only emerged publicly last night, but officials are saying it is the reason behind the dozens of US drone strikes against Pakistani territory launched this month.
Officials are saying that the drone strikes as well as NSA wiretaps and a flurry of other measures by European nations all came as they try to flesh out exactly what the plot actually was/is and attempted to foil it.
Which is something of a switch, as usually the US drone strikes against Pakistan are cited as a reason for terror plots as opposed to something aimed at stopping them. The attacks also appear largely to have killed random tribesmen, not high-value targets. Pakistani officials sought to downplay the seriousness of it though, insisting that the whole thing was “more an aspiration” than an actual plot.
173 people were killed in November 2008 during a multi-day siege by militants on the Indian city of Mumbai. Officials have been expressing concern ever since that such a thing could become more common, and the recent “plot,” such as it is, seems to stem from that fear, but officials have yet to point to any group or target for it, insisting that it could be a number of places in Western Europe, or possibly aimed at the United States itself.
Such attacks are particularly problematic because they target “soft” locations with large numbers of people and little security. In Mumbai this meant luxury hotels, but “economic” targets were also suggested as possible in the new plot. The fact that they singled out people from Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Central Asia as possible attackers doesn’t make matters any easier, of course.
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Damn, I'm not allowed to buy and definitely not store a P90 in my office worker desk.
This is just about the most blatant, egregious example of a security services 'plant' story I have seen in recent times. This time it seems that your US services have managed to co-ordinate with ours in the UK and France and Germany. The standard line from the current as well as the last British Prime Minister to justify the pointless war is that 'we are fighting them over there to protect our srteets over here'. This was not going down very well with electorate and even some MSM journalists started to question it.
Journalists have sometimes to quote unamed sources – especially when they are from the security services. However, information from unamed sources should be treated with the highest degree of scepticism any such information should be backed up by independent information. There is not even an attempt at this in this story. The jounalists simply appear to repeat what is told to them.
The claimed source is, of course, a German Afghani who has been questioned in, of all places, Bagram where I am sure there was no pressure at all placed on him.
The policy of various state security services using well placed jounalists to 'place' stories which advance their own ends is by no means a new one. This story appears on its face to be such a transparent example of pushing the UK & US govt. lines that I'm surprised the media picked it up. Or am I?
"something of a switch, as usually the US drone strikes against Pakistan are cited as a reason for terror plots as opposed to something aimed at stopping them."
Couldn't possibly be a policy change geared towards swapping cause and effect in the public mind… If so, it'd definitely work; by now many would be starving for material that dignifies the wars –kinda gos hand in hand with getting suckered by gut-busters like "free nations don't develop WMD."
This is just another misinformation by the US secret services from CIA to FBI.
It is obvious that they try everything to get some dumb Europeans behind them for that war
which is ONLY in the interest of the ruling class in the US! Nobody in Western Europe
who I'm talking to speaks good of that war. Innocent people are killed by criminal invadrers
who have no right to be there! This is a crime that stinks to heaven and only such really
funny if not to say pretender churches like they have in US can white wasgh those
crimes against humanity. I hope that one day this evil nation cannot hide behind an
ocean will have to pay for their cruelty!
To prevent a vague (and most likely fake) terror attack we unleash a terror of our own which kills innocent tribal people. Democracies don't go to war with other democracies, but they have no qualms about killing non-democratic innocent people.
We're to believe this "plot" because our resident liars tell us so?
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