Airline-bomb plot discovered by US tapping internatl calls

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    Q.: How did the authorities discover the recent plot to blow up airliners in flight with liquid explosives?

    A.: By the U.S. tapping into international calls and sharing the results with the British government.

    You know, the program to tap into calls going between the U.S. and known Al Qaeda numbers in Europe and vice versa? The one the leftists screamed bloody murder about, and tried to mischaracterize as "domestic wiretapping" as though any of the calls were totally inside the U.S., as an excuse to shut it down?

    The plot was evidently to blow up 10 airliners gong between England and the U.S. Airliners following that route aren't little. Some hold as many as 300 or even 400 passengers each. They probably wouldn't all be full, but it's reasonable to guess that they probably would have averaged 200 passengers each or so. Times 10 is around 2,000 people or more on those planes.

    If the Democrat extremists had been successful in their efforts to shut down the program last year, it's possible that this terror plot might never have been discovered in time to do anything about it, before 2,000 people were blown up and fell flaming into the ocean.

    I don't know if authorities have found out which flights on which dates were targeted. If they have, it might be interesting to get the passenger lists when the flights finally take off, and contact the people who were on those flights, and their loved ones waiting for them at home. Some would probably be Americans, some British, and some from other countries.

    If we could contact them all and take a poll, how many do you suppose would now say they will still vote for the Democrat party, or whichever party in their country harbors the extreme-left don't-fight-the-terrorists crowd? How many would have voted for them last week before the plot was revealed, and how many would change their votes now?

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    P.S. MODS: If an article is used only for supporting evidence, but the post isn't really about the article itself, does the title of the thread still have to match the title of the article anyway?

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    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1225453,00.html

    Thwarting the Airline Plot: Inside the Investigation

    Exclusive: U.S. picked up the suspects' chatter and shared it with British authorities

    Posted Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006

    Wednesday night was a long and troubling one for Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. A bubbling plot by British citizens to blow up airplanes had come to a boil in the past three days, and as British authorities arrested dozens of suspects around London, it was Chertoff's job to coordinate the U.S. defenses. Scary intelligence reports pop up all the time, but this particular terror operation got close enough to being carried out that it rattled even the normally sedate Chertoff. "Very seldom do things get to me," he told Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a phone call late Wednesday night. "This one has really gotten to me."

    Britain's MI-5 intelligence service and Scotland Yard had been tracking the plot for several months, but only in the past two weeks had the plotters' planning begun to crystallize, senior U.S. officials tell TIME. In the two or three days before the arrests, the cell was going operational, and authorities were pressed into action. MI5 and Scotland Yard agents tracked the plotters from the ground, while a knowledgeable American official says U.S. intelligence provided London authorities with intercepts of the group's communications.


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    Each and every day, the liberals in this country get proven wrong and wrong again.
     
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    Acorn your title does not have to match exactly the article being used for support, you are good to go with this.

    Anyway this is just more evidence of the value of the NSA terrorist wiretapping program, suck on it libs.
     
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    Is anyone but me going to point out the last flap about taps was NOT about the international taps, but domestic? State to state, house to house records, just turned over to the gov. without cause. I'm no lib, but I had and do have problem with that.
     
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    Possibly "sleeper cells" talking to each other?
     
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    Or possible drug smugglers, or ma an pa just calling around to the same people and forming a pattern. If there is cause, take out a warrant and tap.

    The point is, this thread is misleading in regard to the last flap about turning over customer records without cause. That is my only point.
     
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    If my memory is correct, several phone companies named did NOT turn the records over, and only phone numbers were disclosed. The liberal media hyped the story big time
     
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    Most turned them over as I recall. Regardless, there was no cause. I like the legal process, although I sometimes don't agree with it. There was no process.

    Again the point is the thread is misleading. Nothing I remember challenged interception of international calls. Actually, I believe that was established as being totally legal. No problem. This thread starts by mixing apples and oranges. ThatÂ’s a dishonest spin of facts.
     
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    Actually, it was BRITISH (NOT U.S.) intelligence that disclosed the airline bomb plot. And it came from leads given to the Brits by Pakistan after they arrested someone who gave up certain info.

    I do wish you'd get your propaganda...er...facts...straight.

    Unbelievable.
     
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    They were on to these pigs months ago. The Brits also used the "seek and peek" method (go into the homes, look around, and do not leave a trace) and wiretaps.

    I hope the libs keep running on their cut and run plan for Iraq, and the terrorist's bill of rights
     

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