posted on Jun, 23 2006 @ 06:50 PM
The same people who told usthat Zacarias Moussaoui was
the 20th hijacker and that Jose Padilla was building a radiological bomb now are telling us that they've foiled a legitimate terror plot to take down
the Sears Tower in Chicago. Maybe yes. Maybe no. I'll wait for the trial to decide.
In the meantime, please forgive me my skepticism amid all the triumphant trumpets of glee and satisfaction. This administration has on too many
occasions promised much more than it ultimately would and could deliver when it comes to these terror cases.
The federal indictment Friday of seven Miami men is extraordinary for what it does not contain. It does not contain allegations that the men ever met
with a genuine al Qaeda operative — just an informant playing the role for the government. It does not contain allegations that the men ever
purchased any munitions or went anywhere near Chicago to case the building. It does not contain allegations that the men had any sort of a specific
plan or detailed plot to take down the Sears Tower. The indictment is only 11 pages long. Read it yourself and decide whether the feds have broken up
al Qaeda Lite or just the Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight.
I see this as a sea-change. A major news outlet greeting an announcement from the govt. with healthy skepticism instead of rah-rah flag waving!