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LA Times: Al Qaeda To Attack Major Cities and Remote Areas (excerpted)
LA Times via azcentral.com ^ | 12-23-03

Posted on 12/22/2003 10:14:28 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

Edited on 05/07/2004 5:22:02 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaida operatives may be plotting several unrelated attacks in the United States, targeting not only major cities but also remote bulwarks of the “critical infrastructure” in an effort to cause mass casualties and major economic damage throughout the nation, U.S. officials said Monday.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; jihadinamerica; orangealert4; targets; threat
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1 posted on 12/22/2003 10:14:29 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
they will come either in the night or in the day. It will be either by land or by air or by sea.
2 posted on 12/22/2003 10:15:48 PM PST by GeronL (Saddam is out of the hole and into the quagmire!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
This is starting to sound even worse as time goes on here. Especially with the John Ashcroft thing and him being called back home early. Kinda like the govt. telling him not to fly commercial airliners a few weeks before 9-11 theory.
3 posted on 12/22/2003 10:15:51 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: My Favorite Headache
This is my theory. Nothing will happen but terrorists are simply taking notes on how we respond to chatters. Next time there is a terrorist attack, there will be no chatters.
4 posted on 12/22/2003 10:18:02 PM PST by FirstPrinciple
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To: GeronL
Can you link to the actual story, instead of to the Drudge Report?
5 posted on 12/22/2003 10:20:24 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66
From previous....Of course if anything does occur....We'll be blamed for starting it. The LLL battle cry: "It's what the Americans deserve".
6 posted on 12/22/2003 10:20:49 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: My Favorite Headache
That's one hell of an "excerpt"!

As far as I'm concerned, it'll be between me, you and the brick wall.

7 posted on 12/22/2003 10:21:11 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: My Favorite Headache
LA Times link:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-alert23dec23,1,568230.story?coll=la-home-headlines

LA Times article title:

U.S. Officials Fear Multiple a Host of Threats

"at least one series of coordinated, simultaneous strikes, like Sept. 11, as well as isolated plots of varying degrees of sophistication."

I think that would be a flurry of suicide bombings in malls, etc. and several spectacular larger attacks, including posssibly WMD.
8 posted on 12/22/2003 10:22:12 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: GeronL
I know the topic has been beaten to death on theories but I have yet to post my own. So what the hell...why not?

1. NFL Playoffs or Bowl games nationwide coast to coast. 4-7 in a cell enter stadium strapped with explosives. Up to 1,000 killed in each game. Countless others injured. Just imagine 4 stadiums on both coasts at the same time.

2. New Years Eve- NYC,California,Chicago all at the stroke of midnight...truck bombs,suicide bombers,commercial plane flown into time square.

3. Holiday Masses- Christmas Eve at midnight mass or Christmas Day. Happens in Pakistan all the time.

4. Shopping malls- Day after Christmas or Christmas Eve. Suicide bombers or truck bombs in all parts of the country.

5. The trained pilots story that was out tonight that are working for foreign airliners. Flying them into stadiums on national TV.

6. The worst fear of them all...dirty nukes going off at one of our ports on both coasts.

I really am not feeling a bio-attack like anthrax or anything like that. I am of the opinion it will be another stunning shocker to watch on live TV again.
9 posted on 12/22/2003 10:22:24 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: My Favorite Headache
"Unlike past elevations of the terror threat level, the decision to raise the alert to orange this time was unanimous and decisive, because it was based on what senior Bush administration officials described as the most alarming, credible and specific information they had ever seen."

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This sounds ominous.
10 posted on 12/22/2003 10:23:13 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: hole_n_one
I know it is! But I didn't even paste half of it! lolol.It is a very very interesting article..I give the LA Slimes that much.
11 posted on 12/22/2003 10:23:52 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: BCrago66
ask the guy who posted it =o) or girl... or squirrel or yucky alien... that My Favorite Headache character.
12 posted on 12/22/2003 10:24:00 PM PST by GeronL (Saddam is out of the hole and into the quagmire!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Al Qaeda To Attack Major Cities and Remote Areas

I have a better one: U.S. To Attack Terrorist States ... with the caveat that none of them knows which one is first. Should be fun seeing them suck up to us. Let's get real, people: WE hold the cards.

13 posted on 12/22/2003 10:24:13 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: FirstPrinciple
This is my theory. Nothing will happen but terrorists are simply taking notes on how we respond to chatters

That's how I felt about about previous warnings-they were just testing the system

Something about this time feels different.

I hope I'm wrong

14 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:03 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: BCrago66
See my post 8 for link.
15 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:09 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: My Favorite Headache
I'm thinking this is an elaborate headfake, not without some effect, at very little or no cost to al Queda.

I'm skeptical they have the operational wherewithal to conduct multiple snych'd ops stateside, al Queda style. JMO.
16 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:17 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: My Favorite Headache
You forgot the Lingerie Bowl...if they found another sponsor
17 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:20 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Sidebar Moderator
Thanks! lol
18 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:22 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: FairOpinion
Again...Why can't they crap on Hollywood? Jobs would be provided for actors afterwards doing the documentry.
19 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:24 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
From previous....Of course if anything does occur....We'll be blamed for starting it. The LLL battle cry: "It's what the Americans deserve".

LLL?

20 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:26 PM PST by Dont Mention the War
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To: My Favorite Headache
That would be bad. But like some writers and Rush Limbaugh point out. Can you imagine the reaction? Can you imagine what the US might decide to do in response?
21 posted on 12/22/2003 10:25:50 PM PST by GeronL (Saddam is out of the hole and into the quagmire!)
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To: FairOpinion
i have to tell you, I think Bush is pushing this too far with the rhetoric this time. the media is now taking it and spreading fear. if its that bad, go to code red during the holiday period.
22 posted on 12/22/2003 10:26:06 PM PST by oceanview
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To: My Favorite Headache
Direct them toward me. I'll be happy to show them what 44 caliber and a just plain nasty disposition can do in the West Virginia woods.
23 posted on 12/22/2003 10:26:35 PM PST by RLK
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To: My Favorite Headache
And while we are sitting here trying to defend ourself from a terrorist attack, "Observers Fault U.S. for Pursuing Mini-Nukes" -- in other words they don't want us to respond.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mininukes23dec23,1,2311336.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Observers Fault U.S. for Pursuing Mini-Nukes
Critics say initiative will undermine American efforts to build support for nuclear controls.

VIENNA, Austria -- Research on a new generation of precision atomic weapons by the Bush administration threatens to undermine international efforts to stop the spread of nuclear arms and to tarnish recent successes, according to diplomats and nonproliferation experts.

The criticism focuses on the administration's decision to lay the groundwork for developing low-yield weapons -- known as mini-nukes -- while pursuing President Bush's doctrine of pre-emptive strikes against rogue states.
24 posted on 12/22/2003 10:26:36 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: BurbankKarl
I know the one you are talking about, but on another note here...I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THESE NEW BOWLS! LMAO. What are there like 100 now?
25 posted on 12/22/2003 10:27:05 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Looks like the brickwall told!

lol!

26 posted on 12/22/2003 10:27:10 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: My Favorite Headache; FairOpinion
Children. Think children. To enrage us the most, they'll hit children.
27 posted on 12/22/2003 10:27:21 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: GeronL
Why are we always on the defensive??? See my 13. Win it without a shot!
28 posted on 12/22/2003 10:27:53 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: Sidebar Moderator; My Favorite Headache
Would you please also link it to the actual LA Times article, with the LAT article actual title, please?

LA Times link:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-alert23dec23,1,568230.story?coll=la-home-headlines

LA Times article title:

U.S. Officials Fear Multiple a Host of Threats
29 posted on 12/22/2003 10:28:21 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: oceanview
Code Red will never happen until we are under attack. That is the only reason it is on the chart. We are technically on the highest color we will ever get to before an actual attack is going on.
30 posted on 12/22/2003 10:28:28 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Rush 30th Anniversary Tour In May 2004...Be There)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Litigous Liberal Laggards? Leftist Liberal loons?
31 posted on 12/22/2003 10:28:47 PM PST by GeronL (Saddam is out of the hole and into the quagmire!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
...I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THESE NEW BOWLS! LMAO. What are there like 100 now?

My favorite: The Weedeater Bowl!

32 posted on 12/22/2003 10:29:17 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: Dallas59
Even the terrorists know who their friends are -- that's why they won't touch Hollywood.
33 posted on 12/22/2003 10:29:31 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: My Favorite Headache
well, then code red isn't good for much.
34 posted on 12/22/2003 10:30:49 PM PST by oceanview
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To: FirstPrinciple
This is my theory. Nothing will happen but terrorists are simply taking notes on how we respond to chatters. Next time there is a terrorist attack, there will be no chatters.

I, myself, tend to agree with your synopsis. They are gaining info every day and gaging how we react to the "chatter" and setting up a scenario when we are complacent and on low alert to do their evil deeds.

35 posted on 12/22/2003 10:31:03 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: My Favorite Headache
The trained pilots story becomes much more plausible when you look at the Egypt Air flight that was piloted into the ocean (was this flight 990?)back in 1997 or 1998. Egypt sent investigators to look over the shoulders of the NTSB investigators and tried to obstruct the effort at every turn. The real motivation of the relief pilot was never made clear - but he controlled the plane into the ocean.

All I can say - is that we should have a wave of B-52's fueled and ready - and if Al Qaeda manages to pull something off - we obliterate the region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
36 posted on 12/22/2003 10:31:53 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, never in doubt!)
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To: oceanview
if its that bad, go to code red during the holiday period.

Can't. The "Elmo" level shuts down transportation, business, etc.Think of Sept 11-12-that's what Red is like.

37 posted on 12/22/2003 10:32:36 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: oceanview
I believe from what I've read that the code colors (red especially?) are more for LEO than for the general public.

It gives THEM parameters to work within.
38 posted on 12/22/2003 10:33:17 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (Merry Christmas, Logan. And Mommy and Nana and Pappa and Uncle G and Uncle P and EVERYONE!)
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To: WackyKat
Oh come on - go to Red - and threaten Nuclear Retaliation against Syria, Lebanon, and Iran - I don't want the Government to go to Red AFTER the Cargo Jet blows up the Sugar Bowl.
39 posted on 12/22/2003 10:34:35 PM PST by Pubbie (* Bill Owens 2008 *)
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To: JennysCool
You really think GWB is going to kill innocent Arabs because of what terrorist groups do? Don't bet on it. We won't even kick Arabs out of this nation. I wish I was wrong but I doubt it.

40 posted on 12/22/2003 10:35:02 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
All I can say - is that we should have a wave of B-52's fueled and ready - and if Al Qaeda manages to pull something off - we obliterate the region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Nice thought. Let's pre-empt them. Announce that if they do anything AT ALL we obliterate the region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Why do we have to play DEFENSE all the time in this war?

41 posted on 12/22/2003 10:35:03 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: My Favorite Headache
I predict that absolutely nothing will happen and there will be no arrests either.
42 posted on 12/22/2003 10:35:46 PM PST by Husker24
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To: My Favorite Headache
I remember reporters saying the country was on Code Threat Delta or something on 9/11...meaning we were at war...but I think we went to that during the Iraq war...so code red would be higher than that.

I just hope Jack Nicholson doesn't call a code red.
43 posted on 12/22/2003 10:36:52 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: FairOpinion
I have been not really paying too much attention, but that kind of freaks me out.

That is about as close as you will get to "run for the hills" based on what a reporter was told.

That is somewhat disconcerting.....sounds like we need to be at Code Red now...

44 posted on 12/22/2003 10:37:28 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: Finalapproach29er
Look at what you just said there. It was horrible that innocent Germans got killed in World War II. Same as it was horrible innocent Brits got killed by the Germans. In case no one has noticed: this is war.
45 posted on 12/22/2003 10:37:52 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: Pubbie
Lebanon?
46 posted on 12/22/2003 10:38:03 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: My Favorite Headache
No problem! No problem at all. Let them fly planes into buildings and blow themselves up in public squares.

Deep in the heart of America the Eagles claws are being warmed by circulating hot air and the Tritium levels are being refreshed in warheads with nice new active stuff and new targets are being evaluated on a minute by minute basis.

The metal creaks as the skins of those awesome talons of the Eagle wriggle and form into shape around the prepared propellants as they are brought to ready status.

I'll guarantee you there are a dozen or more techs hovering over those missiles right this minute massaging them and tickling their underbellies and purring to them in their special ways just itching to watch those awesom birds of prey lash out at those who wish to make this a cave mans world once again.

They want caves? We got the tools to make 'em. Real quick.

One more 9/11 style Jihad thing in the USA over a tiny piece of land that DOES NOT belong to Islam in any case and they think we are going to back down?

Are they just trying to commit suicide by nuke or what?

In the interest of compassion I think we should indulge them.

As for us. We were planning no travel just to get some rest and to enjoy the Holiday but this terrorist BS has motivated us to take another "finger flight". We ae going to fly to San Diego or San Francisco or Vegas for lunch or dinner or something this Christmas Holiday to give the terrorists the "finger". Did the same right after flights resumed after 9/11.

We wear appropriate T's too. :)

I urge EVERYONE to enjoy their CHRISTMAS Holiday and to give the terrorists the FINGER in their own way.

47 posted on 12/22/2003 10:39:41 PM PST by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: JennysCool
if they attack us, we should pound them without mercy
48 posted on 12/22/2003 10:40:17 PM PST by GeronL (Saddam is out of the hole and into the quagmire!)
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To: Pubbie
Oh come on - go to Red - and threaten Nuclear Retaliation against Syria, Lebanon, and Iran - I don't want the Government to go to Red AFTER the Cargo Jet blows up the Sugar Bowl.

Ever seen the film Jaws?

Remember why the mayor didn't want Roy Scheider to say the word "shark"?

49 posted on 12/22/2003 10:41:08 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: Finalapproach29er
Hezbollah - Their leader had his fingers in 911, and has a good working relationship with UBL
50 posted on 12/22/2003 10:42:53 PM PST by Pubbie (* Bill Owens 2008 *)
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