US Cities Were London Plotters' Targets
From the Washington Post, a report quoting the head of the FBI's New York field office saying that the London airline plot was not to blow the planes up over the ocean, as first reported, but rather over US cities.
A group of alleged terrorists arrested in London in August planned to blow up airliners over U.S. cities to maximize casualties, rather than over the Atlantic Ocean as many intelligence officials originally thought, according to recent remarks by a senior FBI official.
The comments by Mark Mershon, head of the FBI's New York field office, indicate that U.S. and British intelligence officials now think that the airliner plot was aimed at maximizing the potential loss of life and economic impact.
"The plan was bring them down over U.S. cities, not over the ocean," Mershon said Oct. 24 at the Infosecurity 2006 conference in New York, according to Government Security News, which first reported the remarks this week.
US cities remain al-Qaeda's prime targets. This should be kept soberly in mind as Pakistan edges closer and closer to falling into the hands of Islamists, one tribal area at a time. Consider that it was one of Musharraf's own generals involved in the latest al-Qaeda attempt to assassinate him.
Again: Pakistan is a nuclear power.
When Musharraf falls, it will be generals loyal to the ISI & al-Qaeda that will assert regional control.
Please pause to consider.