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Target of Terror Plot: Las Vegas?
FoxNews ^ | 12/26/03

Posted on 12/26/2003 6:40:35 AM PST by TexKat

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:38:13 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

LOS ANGELES Air France resumed service between Paris and Los Angeles on Friday after grounding six flights over the Christmas holidays, an action taken because of a terror threat that may have involved crashing an airplane in Las Vegas.


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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airfrance; alqaeda; christmaseve; lasvegas; orangealert4; usamabinladen

1 posted on 12/26/2003 6:40:36 AM PST by TexKat
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To: TexKat
Placing bets on Jan. 1, 2004 Headlines...

"NOTHING HAPPENED!"

Of course I'm gonna get flammed to ashes if....
2 posted on 12/26/2003 6:53:57 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
The Real God forbid anything happening....
3 posted on 12/26/2003 6:54:52 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: TexKat
"The French Interior ministry said the United States handed French authorities the names of suspicious people who may have intended to board the flights but no people by those names went through airport security checks, and no arrests were made. French television station LCI reported that U.S. authorities believed members of Al Qaeda may have been planning to board the planes."

That's because the French announced the cancellations in advance. Do the French actually believe the terrorists don't listen to the radio or where they just tipping them off?

4 posted on 12/26/2003 6:57:47 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: TexKat
Are they posting odds in Vegas yet?
5 posted on 12/26/2003 7:02:44 AM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: CWOJackson
Conspiracy Theory:

The French government of Chirac is subsidizing the terrorist plat(s).
6 posted on 12/26/2003 7:07:37 AM PST by PokeyJoe (Go ahead Al Queda. Make my day - punk.)
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To: Dallas59
I'm with you !

I suspect half the "alarming chatter" originates right here in the good ol' US of A, and is generated by some of the left wing websites. Thanks to the almost instant communication we now enjoy, it gets picked up in the Middle East, translated into Urdu, or Farsi, or Arabic,and passed around there:getting pumped up each time it gets passed on.

Before you know it, NSA, etc. pick up these wildly inflated stories,translate them (laboriously) into English,and rush,ashen-faced into their bosses' offices.

Presto : Red alert !! Danger ! Danger,Will Robinson !!
7 posted on 12/26/2003 7:08:43 AM PST by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: TexKat
So, the terrorists' off the cuff plan is to hop a plane from Paris to LA and crash it into a brightly lighted 7-11 on the strip that cousin Ali owns? Atta & Co. lived here for months/years in order to work out their plan. What makes DHS think the next 911 won't come from some group already living and working amongst us?
8 posted on 12/26/2003 7:13:57 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: TexKat
There is a lot more to this story than meets the eye, and it will be interesting to see where this leads, if indeed the results ever become public.
9 posted on 12/26/2003 7:39:56 AM PST by Imal (Season greeting from Singapore-la.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
FYI
10 posted on 12/26/2003 7:45:58 AM PST by Commiewatcher
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To: mtbopfuyn
After September 11, I understand the known cells are being monitored so heavily they can't go to the bathroom without U.S. government knowing about it. That is one reason that there has not been attacks. Needless to say there are other cells formed or forming coming in thru Canada or Mexico.
11 posted on 12/26/2003 7:46:09 AM PST by mel
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To: TexKat
Air France? Las Vegas? Do you suppose the French were turning a blind eye toward this because Las Vegas has its own Eiffel Tower? We really don't need them, or theirs.

Just a thought. :)

12 posted on 12/26/2003 7:46:10 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrack of news.)
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To: TexKat
las vegas has been mentioned as a target previously by the terrorists
13 posted on 12/26/2003 7:48:39 AM PST by metoooo
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To: TexKat
As specifically posted on this website on 8 December 2003 (17 days ago) and well documented at www.stevequayle.com (Terror Alert Update), data and intelligence identified New York, Washington, DC and Las Vegas as specific targets of the new al Qaeda plot. Within the past 24 hours, at least six flights originating from Paris destined for the US were grounded, with at least one of those flights intended to strike a major hotel complex in Las Vegas. Most recent information all but confirms that the hijackers were tipped off by French Intelligence officials despite advisories issued by US Intelligence agencies to await specific orders so that the potential hijackers could be apprehended.

This update appears on the Northeast Intelligence Network page of the Homeland Security website. While I realize that legally and/or politically, it's not as simple as this, but doesn't this basically amount to the French aiding terrorists? (Rhetorical question). At the very least, it sends a very disturbing message - their willingness to do so. Obviously the French have a stick in a not so pleasant place concerning the US so much so that they really don't care whether nor how many people die. Meanwhile, the Fox news channel keeps running tickers reporting that the French cancelled flights to the US. How very misleading considering all the US had to do was deny the French permission to land in US territory.


14 posted on 12/26/2003 7:52:19 AM PST by Teri0811
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To: CWOJackson
Fox News is also reporting that at least 3 of the people on that list cannot be located.
15 posted on 12/26/2003 7:53:56 AM PST by Teri0811
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To: Teri0811
Thanks either to the incompetency or treachery of the French government.
16 posted on 12/26/2003 7:55:18 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Dallas59
Of course I'm gonna get flammed to ashes if....

Not by me. There are just too many indications that this is bluster, IMHO. By putting us on alert they have made it much more difficult on themselves to pull off an organized attack. We may get another lone nutcase or something, but that's all. They respect us now, and if they have any sense at all, they will fear consequences which they had every right to NOT fear on 9-11.

17 posted on 12/26/2003 8:06:14 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: TexKat
How can a "Homicide Bomber" expect to find his 70 Virgins in Las Vegas?
18 posted on 12/26/2003 8:08:51 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: wayoverontheright
They respect us now, and if they have any sense at all, they will fear consequences which they had every right to NOT fear on 9-11.

I don't believe that they (AQ and Friends) respect us. Their capabilities have been altered since we booted them from Afghanistan, they have reorganized at this point. Their hits throughout the Middle East in the past months have let their "friends" (Arab Leaders) know that if they open arms to America, they are a target as well. I do not think they fear any consequences, in fact; I believe that they would be thrilled if we responded with the most force possible. They are looking for a chain of events to trigger a worldwide caliphate and they know that the battle has just begun.

This "averted" disaster was a victory, but let's hold off the celebration just a minute.

19 posted on 12/26/2003 9:17:51 AM PST by nwctwx
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To: Don Corleone
"How can a "Homicide Bomber" expect to find his 70 Virgins in Las Vegas?"

This just shows you what a bunch of phony goons these a-holes are. They are about as religious as Larry Flint:)
20 posted on 12/26/2003 9:23:58 AM PST by international american (support our troops................itch slap a liberal today!)
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