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#16    Fluffybunny

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:45 PM

QUOTE (Babs @ Aug 3 2004, 01:51 PM)
Fluffy...I was for 'shutting down the borders' in terrorist times. I just heard on the news that we actually want the borders open to get a better handle on the terrorists.

How would that work? It seems like opening the borders would allow people to enter unchecked in far larger numbers.

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 10:51 PM

hey  u guys read that the news for this latest terror attack is nearly 3 years old lol. An i got mocked for my pre-emptive joke.

Im a phropehtic genious.lol

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 11:11 PM

What are you talking about? I just heard on the news on TV that it comes partly from an Al Qaida members computer from January of this year. Where'd you hear that its nearly 3 years old... and what difference does it make? Al Qaida is known to plan for YEARS before a terrorist attack. 9/11 was being planned for what? 8 years I think I've heard?

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 11:39 PM

I heard terrorists plan for years and this was planned for a few years, but this threat was updated in January.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:05 AM

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hey u guys read that the news for this latest terror attack is nearly 3 years old lol. An i got mocked for my pre-emptive joke.

Im a phropehtic genious.lol


I believe what WUN is referring to is the fact that the information taken from the computer is 'up to'  three years old.  Obviously, we are all pretty intelligent here, and understand fully that planned, calculated, successful attacks, do not happen over night.  They are planned for many years, with extreme precision...  


And, I just don't know about the
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part...  I will just plead the fifth on that one...  (I believe I do still retain that freedom)   wink2.gif


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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:26 AM

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Citigroup buildings in New York City.
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank buildings in Washington



YES!!!!!...A BIG, VERY BIG BOMB!!!


PD: Some can be offended, but has argentine citizen, i have a natural hate towerds that three institutions, and for the local politicians how cooperate whit that institutions.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:31 AM

I found an article on this, "Al Qaeda suspect reveals Web strategy".

here

Edited by Babs, 04 August 2004 - 02:34 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:35 AM

Thank you, Mekorig, for your concern. cool.gif  

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:39 AM

Fluffy...The borders are wide open...I think, I heard, 6 million people come through those borders every year.  

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 10:35 AM

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part... I will just plead the fifth on that one... (I believe I do still retain that freedom)


LOL only just but u wanna vote bush in again dont you lol.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 11:19 AM

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PD: Some can be offended, but has argentine citizen, i have a natural hate towerds that three institutions, and for the local politicians how cooperate whit that institutions.


Mekorig,
While there are also institutions that I dislike, it is always important to keep in mind that these 'institutions' are, for the most part, large buildings holding thousands of innocent people who are just trying to make a living and put some decent food on the table for their children and a roof over their heads.  

Bombing the buildings will not destroy the institutions...it will just kill thousands of innocent people....which is the goal of the terrorists.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 07:41 PM

New Qaeda Activity Is Said to Be Major Factor in Alert

Aug. 3 - Senior government officials said Tuesday that new intelligence pointing to a current threat of a terrorist attack on financial targets in New York and possibly in Washington - not just information about surveillance on specific buildings over the years - was a major factor in the decision over the weekend to raise the terrorism alert level.

The officials said the separate stream of intelligence, which they had not previously disclosed, reached the White House only late last week and was part of a flow that the officials said had prompted them to act urgently in the last few days.

The officials disclosed the information a day after the Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that much of the surveillance activity cited last weekend by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to justify the latest, specific warnings had been at least three years old. At the same time, the White House offered a vigorous defense of its decision to heighten the alert in Manhattan, Newark and Washington, with officials saying there was still good reason for alarm.

"I think it's wrong and plain irresponsible to suggest that it was based on old information,'' Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, said of the heightened warning as President Bush traveled to Dallas on a campaign swing.

In an appearance in New York, Mr. Ridge responded forcefully to a question about whether election-year politics had played a part in determining how and when the intelligence was released.

"We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security,'' Mr. Ridge said.

He added: "The detail, the sophistication, the thoroughness of this information, if you had access to it, you'd say we did the right thing. Government should let the public know about situations like this. It's not about politics. It's about confidence in government telling you when they get the information.''

In addition to the surveillance activity, detailed in reports uncovered late last week from computer disks in Pakistan, a senior intelligence official said that "very current and recent activity on the part of Al Qaeda'' has left little doubt that "Al Qaeda is moving toward the execution stage of attacks here in the homeland.''

The language used by senior administration officials on Tuesday in warning of a possible attack was at least as strong as that Mr. Ridge used in announcing the alert on Sunday, and much stronger than the language used on Monday, when the officials acknowledged that the reconnaissance reports dated back to the period surrounding the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Among other things, one official disclosed on Tuesday that one intelligence report had pointed to a possible attack "in August or September.''

That shifting tone may prove frustrating to the public, providing little guidance for assessing the gravity of threat information whose details remain shrouded in intelligence reports not available to anyone outside the highest ranks of the government.

A senior White House official who mentioned the new stream of intelligence in an interview refused to say anything more about its source or content. The official said it had not been publicly disclosed out of concern that such a step could compromise intelligence and law enforcement operations in the United States and around the world. Officials would not describe those operations but said they were meant to disrupt a possible plot.

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