Originally Posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN
Be aware: Yesterday's terror threat written 3 years ago!
The Al Qaeda computers fallen into US intelligence hands until now have thrown out an abundance of data on terror plots and networks, most of which proved false or planted to mislead. The most striking instance occurred in September 1998, when FBI agents reached the hurriedly-vacated home of al Qaeda's East African agent Muhammed Fazul on the Indian Ocean Comoro Islands. Fazul orchestrated the US embassy attacks in East Africa and was Ghailani¡'s direct commander. The computer he discarded on the Indian Ocean Island was packed with data on terrorist targets and al Qaeda cells in the Horn of Africa and the southern extremity of the Arabian Peninsula. Years of strenuous following up this information ended up yielding nothing.
The two men are not of the usual al Qaeda caliber for preparing a complex, spectacular attack in the United States - or even acting as the top level's repositories for the necessary foreknowledge. Only very limited information must therefore have been elicited from the two men detained in Pakistan and their computers:
1. They may have known that Al Qaeda started surveillance operations against key US financial centers as far back as to 1999-2000, straight after the embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania. The surveillance was integral to the organization's preparations for the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington. The financial centers may have been intended as additional targets or alternatives if the World Trade Center and Washington strikes failed.
A really good point from a Rand Institute analyst today...
If that was GOOD information, they never would have released it, because it would tell bin Laden exactly what we know. They knew it was garbage, but figured the press would fall for it. Evidently, the NYT and WP are hitting tomorrow with front-page stories saying it's all bullsh*t.
Now your quoting Debka? I guess when it's in your own interests you will. Yes, they may be dated files, but they will be valuable. So whatever. If your reading Debka honestly, instead of simply to find fault, there might still be hope. No doubt a link took you there from somewhere else.
Mainly, the article says the information is dated, which it may be. It doesn't mean that these financial institutions are still not targets, or that the information was "planted". Also, it is one of the more highly speculative articles that they have posted. Debka doesn't trust anything these cockroaches say or do, knowing they are trecherous lias and decievers. The Israelis know not to take anything at face value. To me, until they sort it out, it remains a good idea to have all awareness up.