US Had Warnings About Glasgow; They Never Reached Scotland

Maybe this could be the big news story about the attempted terrorist attacks in Britain, instead of “ZOMG yards away!”

A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror “spectacular” this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document.

…As ABCNews.com reported, U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of terror attacks in Glasgow and Prague, the Czech Republic, against “airport infrastructure and aircraft.”

The warnings apparently never reached officials in Scotland, who said this weekend they had received “no advance intelligence” that Glasgow might be a target.

Department of Homeland Security Chief Michael “Skeletor” Chertoff “declined to comment” on the report, but insisted that “everything that we get is shared virtually instantaneously with our counterparts in Britain and vice versa.” Hmm. I guess those Scottish officials are just Teh Crazy then.

Chertoff also told G-Steph on This Week that the US doesn’t “have any specific credible evidence that there’s an attack focused on the United States at this point.” Think that’s true? Or are we oh-so-Glasgow and credible warnings are mysteriously just “not reaching” the American people? Call me cynical—I know you will!—but when the WaPo‘s doing an A1 article grimly beginning, “At the At the nadir of his presidency, George W. Bush is looking for answers,” and describes him as “a president who has endured the most drastic political collapse in a generation,” I can’t help but think that what gave him that now-elusive highest of highs was the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. Would I put it past the administration who lied us into a war to let one slip by, just to recharge the old approval ratings?

No I would not.

Once again, the scariest part about the “terrorist threat” in the US is that I don’t know whether I’m really being threatened by terrorists, or being terrorized with threats by my own government. Or both—in what is the most likely scenario in the clusterfuckity madness generally known as Bush’s America.

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12 responses to “US Had Warnings About Glasgow; They Never Reached Scotland

  1. I feel like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat when I think this, but I often wonder if, sometime late this year, early next, there will be a “surprise” terrorist attack on America … just in time to boost Bush, point the finger at a weak Democratic congress who “let it happen,” and create an “atmosphere of danger and instability” leading to the suspension of the presidential elections for an indefinite period of time.

    All orchestrated, of course, to keep the BushCheneyCo in power and the American people weak, scared, and distracted from the freedoms they’ve lost. The only “surprise” about the attack will be held by the American people, while the administration feigns shock over such a thing happening.

    Someone please tell me I’m paranoidly insane to think this.

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  3. Erin M

    I don’t think the no elections thing would work. These guys are bad, but that’s really a huge mutha of a step, and I think it would give the game away. Part of the complacency that’s built up is because of the illusion of the “system” still working. If anything, we’ve seen that the Rove MO is to give a nod to the institutions of American democracy as cover for his behind-the-scenes shenanigans. More likely such an attack would be more Rove-fodder to get Guiliani or some other Bush-lite (as I think Greenwald calls them) into the office. That much of the non-elected staff would remain would not surprise me in the least.

  4. nightshift66

    I concur with Erin on the suspended elections, but I don’t see Rudy as ‘bush-lite’ on many issues. If anything, he’s even more susceptible to manipulation by the neo-cons because he already seems to be of an authoritarian bent. It’s very easy to convince people of anything if you play to their existing beliefs.

    Also, this is one of those times when the ignorance of the general public works against Bush. A high percentage of people think POTUS is directly responsible for everything. An attack 7 years into his admin would cling to him. I don’t think his minions could successfully thrown this one onto the Congress, although FSM knows they would try.

  5. Sorry Celticfeminist, I feel the same as you!

  6. Though anything is possible with these evil fuckers, this seems like typical Bush-era incompetence.

    Feeling safe yet?

  7. I wouldn’t put anything past “our” government, no matter which party occupies the White House. It’s high time for a new Constitutional Congress, IMHO.

  8. (This actually belongs under the previous post about the Brits giving the car vandals (they didn’t achieve much else) a great big ole “Wev.”)

    In a comment on Random Acts of Reality:

    “there is a spate of gags doing the rounds. The guy in the Jeep Cherokee at Glasgow airport has been seen wandering around his hospital ward wearing a kilt and spouting Scottish poetry. Yes – he’s in the Burns Unit….. Oh – and there’s a website for people to contact him: http://www.friends-reignited.com

    :0 🙂 :0 :0

  9. Dan

    Would I put it past the administration who lied us into a war to let one slip by, just to recharge the old approval ratings?

    Here’s the thing though, one is going to slip by.

    I have a life long friend who had worked for the Naval Intelligence Agency and now works for the National Security Agency. I was talking with him after the USS Cole was hit,( he had been stationed in Yemen 6 months prior to the attack) and I asked him if we(USA) had any intelligence that something like the Cole attack was going to happen.

    He couldn’t say much except to explain that there are hundreds of reports written by agents on most any potential threat in any one area. The analogy he used was imagine standing in downtowm Manhattan and being asked to write a report on rooftops a sniper may use. It’s endless. Still, they look for the most likely, the most imminent and try to cover these. That doesn’t mean the any single scenario given lower priority may not still happen.

    So with something like Glasgow, I have no doubt that there was intelligence about an attack, not only from the US but from their own agencies as well. From the example this guy gave me, the impossibility to be all places at once, to act on every threat means eventually something will slip by.

    So for the detractors of this administration(of which I’m one, and safe to say despise isn’t a strong enough word) anything that happens may look orchestrated or that incompetance reigns again. For people like Hannity and Malkin and all the “Christian Soldiers”it will fuel their fires too.

    So, in the end we are left with the maybe the aftermath of another attack AND a deeper division of the country? “Clusterfuckity madness” seems right on.

  10. I think it becomes increasingly like a scene out of the movie Brazil.

    Interviewer: But Mr. Helpmann, the bombing campaign is now in its thirteenth year.
    Helpmann: Beginner’s luck.

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