A CIA analysis that led to a terror alert shortly before Christmas 2003 was erroneous. CIA analysts thought they had found secret codes broadcasted
within the AlJazeera program, an analysis which turned out as bogus, according to experts.
Bogus analysis led to terror alert in Dec. 2003
CIA experts saw a secret code on Al-Jazeera that wasn't there
June 27: In late 2003, the federal government raised America's terror alert level, triggering fears of a possible attack. But as NBC's Lisa Myers
reports, the CIA made a major blunder.
WASHINGTON - Christmas 2003 became a season of terror after the federal government raised the terror alert level from yellow to orange, grimly citing
credible intelligence of another assault on the United States.
"These credible sources," announced then-Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, "suggest the possibility of attacks against the homeland around
the holiday season and beyond."
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For weeks, America was on edge as security operations went into high gear. Almost 30 international flights were canceled, inconveniencing passengers
flying Air France, British Air, Continental and Aero Mexico.
But senior U.S. officials now tell NBC News that the key piece of information that triggered the holiday alert was a bizarre CIA analysis, which
turned out to be all wrong.
CIA analysts mistakenly thought they'd discovered a mother lode of secret al-Qaida messages. They thought they had found secret messages on
Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language television news channel, hidden in the moving text at the bottom of the screen, known as the "crawl," where news
headlines are summarized.
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Is the CIA now engaging in bible code techniques ?
What worries me is in fact that the existence of a certain steganographic message in such cases can be mathematically proven or disproven (with
certain probability), so there is basically no way of "wrongly" receiving such a message.
Was it more intelligence fixed around the policy or is the CIA the policymaker here ?
What was the now irrefutable political motivation hiding behind the bogus terror alert ?
[edit on 28-6-2005 by Moretti]