The attorneys for "dirty bomber", Jose Padilla, rested their case on Tuesday, August 7th. Link
Then this happened...
At midnight Thursday, Aug. 9, DEBKAfile's (an Israeli website) monitors of terrorist Web sites and forums connected the messages accumulating from midday. They spelled out an al Qaeda threat mentioning New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets of attacks "by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material." Our counter-terror sources and monitors stressed "there is no way of gauging for sure how serious these threats are, or how real." Link
Then on Friday August 10th we have this....
Police manned checkpoints and set up radiological monitoring equipment in Manhattan and the city's other boroughs over the weekend in response to unverified threats by al Qaeda on the Internet of dirty bomb attacks.
The moves stemmed from an "unverified radiological threat," a police department statement said, adding that the city's alert status remained at "orange" and stressing the increased security was precautionary.
The checkpoints went up Friday night Aug 10th and continued on Saturday at transit points into and out of Manhattan including the Holland tunnel, which connects lower Manhattan with New Jersey.
Authorities were responding to Internet chatter reported on Israeli Web site www.debka.com, which reported a rush of chatter on al Qaeda sites in recent days, including one saying there would be an attack "by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material against America's biggest city and financial nerve center."
That same Friday, August 10th Homeland Security said this......
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington had also said the threat to New York was "unsubstantiated," and there was "no credible information telling us there is an imminent threat to the homeland at this time." Link
The New York mayor said this...
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the police response was standard procedure for when city officials receive "potential but unconfirmed threats."
Now The Reverend says this, "He that has eyes to see...see".
If Americans believe that all this is coincidental, then there really is no hope for our country. This was not a coincidence. What were the random chances of a terror threat being announced depicting the use of radiological material, reminiscent of the "dirty bomb" scare, just when the primary suspect in the "dirty bomber" case was about to have a jury rule on his guilt or innocence in a day or two?
The Bush administration had the most to lose here (other than Padilla, of course). If Padilla was acquitted, even more questions would be raised about the White House's abuse of power in this case. Questions about torture, habeaus corpus, "enemy combatant" declarations. They couldn't risk that.
Did I find a connection between the White House and that Israeli website? No. However, can there be much doubt that a new threat of "radioactive material" working it's way to New York, a report "unsubstantiated" but acted and reported upon nevertheless, coming as it did just as the jury was to begin deliberations, was really meant to seal a guilty verdict against Padilla, the famous "dirty bomber"?
I mean, can't anyone connect the dots? Or is connecting the dots oh-so-2001?
There really was no need to counterfeit yet another terror scare....after all, it wasn't like the trial outcome was ever in any doubt.....
This happened July 3rd at the Padilla trial....
In the Jose Padilla trial, jurors showed up today all dressed up. Row one in red. Row two in white. And row three in blue. I'm not kidding. Link
Whenever potentially damaging information or news to this White House becomes imminent, terror and scare tactics will follow. In this case, though it never will be proven, obstruction of justice by attempting to influence the Padilla jury was the reason.
Don't ever forget.....to be scared.
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