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It all started with ABC News on July 1st...
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. Link
Then Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff's
Chertoff explained that day, "We do worry about whether they are rebuilding their capabilities," Chertoff said. Link
Followed by the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) alert July 20
(U) Incidents at U.S. Airports May Suggest Possible Pre-Attack Probing
(U//FOUO) A surge in recent suspicious incidents at U.S. airports may indicate terrorists are conducting pre-attack security probes and "dry runs" similar to dress rehearsals. Past terrorist attacks and plots show that such testing generally indicates attacks will soon follow, according to a joint FBI and Homeland Security assessment. Link
Which, of course, turned out to not be true...
The Transportation Security Agency's national security bulletin issued was based on bogus examples that were combined to give the impression of ominous terrorist plotting, CNN reports.
"That bulletin for law enforcement eyes only told of suspicious items recently found in passenger's bags at airport checkpoints, warned that they may signify dry runs for terrorist attacks," CNN's Brian Todd reported Friday afternoon. "Well it turns out none of that is true." Friday July 27th. Link
A sane person could ask at this point, 'What in the hell is this all about?' The Reverend has a "gut feeling" of his own about these odd proclamations, bulletins and "senior official" warnings.
The president has caught his Decider ass in the wringer, as it were, with his illegal spying on Americans program, tagged by the White House as the Terrorist Surveillance Program(TSP). This illegal program has been dogging the Commander Guy for well over a year now and most recently George's BFF, Alberto Gonzales, also caught his perjurious hiney in that same wringer alongside Bush with his deceptive answers before a Senate committee about this spying program.
I'm speculating now but it's, at the very least, informed speculation.
How better to try to get those White House behinds out of that wringer then resort to default mode? Terror. Be afraid. Be extremely afraid. Talk of a terror "spectacular", terrorist "dry runs" and "gut feelings" about impending attacks are all meant to put Americans and Congress in the proper mood to accept
In recent testimony on Capitol Hill, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell portrayed legislation supported by the administration as merely an adjustment to technological changes wrought by cell phones, e-mail and the Internet.
Bush "This law is badly out of date," Bush said in his weekly radio address.
He underscored this call for modernizing the law by citing a recently released intelligence estimate that concluded that al Qaeda is using its growing strength in the Middle East to plot attacks on U.S. soil.Link
And finally the Bush lapdog himself chimes in with a 'cover Bush's ass' letter....
The House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, says Democrats are delaying necessary changes.
"Rather than learning the lessons of September 11...that we need to break down the bureaucratic impediments to intelligence collection and analysis....Democrats have stonewalled Republican attempts to modernize FISA and close the terrorist loophole," he said Saturday.Link
Summarizing: Bush has violated the 4th amendment to the Constitution and FISA laws, impeachable offenses, by illegally spying on Americans without benefit of oversight. Now because of Gonzales, Comey and Mueller's testimony recently Bush knows he's in trouble. Solution: Stir the frightening waters of terror warnings and alerts in order to push Congress into letting him off the hook with expansionistic executive spying powers.
In other words.....same old.
UPDATE: Here's a bit more context....
The order by a judge on the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court has never been publicly acknowledged by administration officials—and the details of it (including the identity of the judge who wrote it) remain highly classified. But the judge, in an order several months ago, apparently concluded that the administration had overstepped its legal authorities in conducting warrantless eavesdropping even under the scaled-back surveillance program that the White House first agreed to permit the FISA court to review earlier this year, said one lawyer who has been briefed on the order but who asked not to be publicly identified because of its sensitivity. Link
Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) ominously advised Thursday that Congress needed to pass changes to terrorist surveillance laws before leaving for the August recess and warned that otherwise "the disaster could be on our doorstep." Link