In another attempt to justify his policies on his war on terror, Bush released
the details of a previously created lie -- that al Qaeda terrorists had planned
to use shoe bombs on a domestic airliner and fly it into the tallest building in Los Angeles.
A Burger Thing Sized Whopper
Today, on CNN (Censored/Comedy News Network), Bush referred to "newly
declassified" documents that "proved" that America will always be at risk from
insurgent terrorist attacks.
Speaking in the Shit-you-wade-in Room, with Wolf Blitzenschitzen and Paula
Yawn, Bush said, "The American people are still at risk, and I want the public
to understand that they must continue to be vigilant. We know that some
American people are working with the terrorists to attack us."
2002 "Plot" -- 4 years of silence.
"The United States and our coalition allies stopped a terrorist plot to use
shoe bombs to breach the cockpit door, hijack the plane and fly it into the
tallest building in Los Angeles," said Bush.
In a-slip-of-the-tongue Bush said that the terrorists target was the Liberty Tower. (hmmm.....the Freedom Tower in N.Y. was previously known as the
Liberty Tower). Immediately, the cnn spin-pundits said that Bush really meant
the 1,017 foot Library Tower (now the U.S. Bank Tower), which was the tallest
building west of the Mississippi.
With the lip-synching bobble-heads nodding eagerly in agreement, Bush
continued, "I warned the American people in October 2004 of al Qaeda's plan
to attack targets on the west coast of America in October 2001. Today, I told the American people the full details of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's terrorist
attack in California."
Bush also added that U.S. authorities had discovered and disrupted nine other
terrorist attacks set in motion by Mohammed, the "operational mastermind" of
September 11, 2001.
The "Chinese Connection"
Frances Townsend, the homeland security and counterterrorism advilieser to Bush, said that the al Qaeda plot was disrupted with the assistance of two
"unknown" countries in Southeast Asia and two "unknown" countries in South
Asia. She also claimed that federal authorities were unaware of any specific
details of the plot, such as the airline, flight number, or planned time of impact.
"We knew they were going to fly a commercial airplane into the tallest building in California," said Townsend, "and it was obvious that the terrorist's target was the Library Tower in Los Angeles."
"The terrorist attack on Los Angeles was to coincide with the attack on New
York on 9/11," Townsend said, "but Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed aborted the west coast plan because they were unable to get
hijackers for the L.A. attack."
According to the White House, Mohammed, along with Hambali, an al Qeada
terrorist from Southeast Asia, met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in
October 2001. They were trained in the shoe bomb technique, and also
recruited four al Qaeda operatives for the west coast attack. The young men
chosen for the mission were from S.E. Asia because they would not arouse
suspicion when entering the U.S.
Bush is facing mounting criticism for his NSA spy policy of "eavesdropping"
on the phone calls and e-mails of the American public.
In the past few days, Bush has attended a number of "public rallies" held in
president-friendly-free-speech zones where he defended his decision, saying
it was vital in defeating terrorism and preventing another attack on the U.S.
Bush said the eavesdropping program was successful in preventing the
terrorist attack in California and capturing the hijackers.
"If people in the United States are talking with terrorists overseas we want to
know why," said Bush, "and we are interested in talking to those people."
Bush said U.S. authorities captured the four operatives in undisclosed
countries, but in the interests of national security their identities and photos would not be released. He added that Mohammed was arrested in Pakistan,
and Hambali in Thailand, both in 2003.
In closing Bush said that the war on terror was far from over as Osama bin
Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri, and Musab al-Zarqawi have continued to elude