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U.S. fears New Year's Eve terror try
NY Daily News ^ | Dec. 27, 2003 | JAMES GORDON MEEK

Posted on 12/27/2003 4:44:39 PM PST by FairOpinion

WASHINGTON - Officials are girding for a possible terrorist act on New Year's Eve, replaying fears of Al Qaeda's unsuccessful millennium plot to blow up Los Angeles Airport. "We're still concerned," a senior U.S. law enforcement official said yesterday. The official cautioned that the passing of Christmas without an attack had not diminished heightened fears of terrorism on U.S. soil.

But ringing in the new year under a terror threat against large public gatherings is only one of the scenarios that have counter.terrorism agents worried.

"There's a lot of little pieces of information that we've been able to obtain, and we're in the process of analyzing that intelligence and ascertaining what it may mean," a senior law enforcement official told the Daily News.

"Some of it was associated with New Year's Day," the source added.

Other U.S. intelligence officials said that the volume of terrorist chatter overheard or intercepted yesterday had changed little since Christmas Eve.

One source said a few days ago that the volume of excited talk among extremists had declined somewhat from its peak last weekend, when the fourth Code Orange alert this year was announced by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Yesterday, Air France resumed service to Los Angeles after six flights set to depart Christmas Eve or Christmas Day were canceled because of U.S. suspicions that terrorists could attempt an attack on a U.S. city.

The first Air France flight to L.A. was delayed for nearly three hours because of extra security checks, officials said.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of Al Qaeda's Internet magazine, The Voice of Jihad, hit the Web Thursday and included praise for a Dec. 19 audiotape by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the terror network's second in command under Osama Bin Laden.

The site claimed "America is falling [in] just a matter of time."

The message in the magazine - which came a day after Al Qaeda thug Abu Mohammed al-Ablaj E-mailed threats against the U.S. to a Saudi weekly - is worrisome because the group's attacks often follow high-profile communications, said Rita Katz, author of "Terrorist Hunter," who obtained the screed.

"It definitely indicates the latest Zawahiri tape was very important to Al Qaeda members," Katz said. "It appears they were actually waiting for messages like this."

Originally published on December 27, 2003


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: alablaj; alqaeda; alzawahiri; jihadinamerica; katz; orangealert; threat; wot; zawahiri
That's why we are still on Orange Alert.
1 posted on 12/27/2003 4:44:40 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Letter bombs in Italy, suicide bombers try to assassinate the President of Pakistan....how do we keep the maniacs down?
2 posted on 12/27/2003 4:48:12 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: FairOpinion
Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years, MLK Day, Valentines's Day, President's Day, Easter, 1st Day of Spring, April Fool's Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, 1st Day of Summer, July 4th, Labor Day, 9/11, 1st Day of Fall, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, 1st Day of Winter, yada, yada, yada ...
3 posted on 12/27/2003 4:51:32 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: FairOpinion
First it was fear of a 9/11 repeat in Sept, then the fear of a Thanksgiving attack, of course we moved right on to the fear of the Xmas attack...closely followed by the fear of the New Years attack...whats next? A fear of a Washingtons birthday attack?

If there is going to be another attack, in a likelihood its going to happen on a completely mundane, ordinary day just like 9/11 used to be. The govt not doing us any favours with all these stupid warnings.
4 posted on 12/27/2003 4:53:14 PM PST by cpst12
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To: Ciexyz
....how do we keep the maniacs down?

Flit guns like other annoying pests.

5 posted on 12/27/2003 4:53:22 PM PST by leadhead
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To: cpst12
The purpose of public warnings are as much to the terrorists, as the general public: letting them know that we are even more vigilant, which by itself has a certain measure of deterrence.

And there have been attacks tried, we just foiled them.
6 posted on 12/27/2003 4:56:28 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: CatOwner
Don't forget Arbor Day
7 posted on 12/27/2003 4:59:28 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: FairOpinion
>>>"Some of it was associated with New Year's Day," the source added. <<<

Bowl Games!

8 posted on 12/27/2003 5:00:31 PM PST by HardStarboard (Dump Wesley Clark.....he worries me as much as Hillary!)
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To: BulletBobCo
Might as well also add Groundhog's Day, Flag Day, St. Patrick's Day, Stanley Cup Finals, the World Series, NBA Championship, March Madness, and Super Bowl Sunday to the list.
9 posted on 12/27/2003 5:05:05 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: HardStarboard

"Meanwhile, network analysts continue to find elusive communications suggesting attacks on America and within America. The image above is being circulated on a number of terrorist forums (click on image to enlarge). Network Analyst Sean Osborne notes that there are obvious references within this image showing (from top to bottom) Saudi Arabia with the Black Flag of Jihad flying from its center, Iraq with a strange slash/marking in the western desert near the Syrian border, and most disturbing, what appears to be an image in the lower right corner perhaps depicting a stadium with fire or flames coming from its center.

Combined with all intelligence being gathered by network analysts as of this writing, it is evident that al Qaeda intends to execute terror operations within the United States, and also has operatives already in place to assist them (a Jihad "Fifth Column" as previously reported). Continued vigilance is required by everyone in the United States."

From:
Terrorist Internet Communications Continue At Peak Levels

I would add -- look at the top left corner, in the circle, it looks like maybe the US flag being replaced by the Jihadi flag???

10 posted on 12/27/2003 5:05:20 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: CatOwner
Not to forget everyone's birthday.
11 posted on 12/27/2003 5:06:31 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo
Just be afraid 24/7, and avoid the rush like I do! :)
12 posted on 12/27/2003 5:09:17 PM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: FairOpinion
"Fears"..?...nah...we're just braced for WAR.

The word "Terrorist" is wishful thinking on the part of some two-bit thugs.

May have worked where they live...but it does not hold any weight here.

13 posted on 12/27/2003 5:11:57 PM PST by PoorMuttly (Bring it on, tough guys. You will be wiped off the living face of the earth, and join your leaders)
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To: FairOpinion
New Year's Eve is likely a day the terrorists will target. I remember when Clinton was in office, they came real close to succeeding on New Year's Eve (I think it was Times Square?) They were caught coming across the border, I think in Washington State, but I imagine they will pick up the pieces of that plan and try again.
14 posted on 12/27/2003 5:11:59 PM PST by what's up
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To: CatOwner
Calgon.....take me away!
15 posted on 12/27/2003 5:29:29 PM PST by baltodog (When you're hanging from a hook, you gotta' get a bigger boat, or something like that.)
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To: what's up
They targeted LAX last year on New Years Eve but it was foiled.
16 posted on 12/27/2003 5:36:01 PM PST by Born in a Rage
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To: FairOpinion
I still don't believe the threat is real. Otherwise they would be doing more to seal the borders and stop the thousands of people that cross into the U.S. illegally everyday.
17 posted on 12/27/2003 5:38:20 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: FairOpinion

I imagine the France flights that were halted, the Venezualian Pilots that were denied visas and the recent "visitors" denied entrance were all part of a larger plot to harm us.

I suspect there are those that got through. I suspect we might see some things here and there. I can't imagine a "death strike" that AQ has intimated at.

In any event, there's one thing to consider. AQ is a one trick pony. They do a coordinated event and it takes them 2 years to do another one. Unless of course there's a nuke involved. You don't nuke a country with several thousands nukes. I can envision appropriate targets(NW pakistan, parts of sympathetic Yemen, etc)

-Mal
18 posted on 12/27/2003 5:42:45 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua
If you haven't seen it, you might want to read this about AQ's ambitions:


Analysis: Al-Qaida's second breath (Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Saudi) -- IMPORTANT INFO)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1047422/posts


19 posted on 12/27/2003 5:45:51 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Looks like they've been reading Clancy again.
20 posted on 12/27/2003 5:49:33 PM PST by dawn53
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To: FairOpinion
Analysis: Al-Qaida's second breath (Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Saudi) -- IMPORTANT INFO) Aye, I read that thread too.

There is enough oil in the Western Hemisphere to supply the USA with oil if it comes down to it. The problem of course is our trading partners, primarily Japan. We MUST look after Japan's best interests as they do look after ours.

The reality is, as need requires, Osama or even 1000 Osamas could never control the world's oil supply. At least not long term. It simply won't happen. There are several reasons, first, other producers outside the ME will jack up supply to capitalize on it such as Russia, Mexico, Venezuala, second, Uncle Sam will have his gun at your throat. We won't be caught pants down again like in the early 70s. -Mal

21 posted on 12/27/2003 6:12:59 PM PST by Malsua
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To: CatOwner
You left out Ramadan.
22 posted on 12/27/2003 6:35:14 PM PST by gg188
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To: FairOpinion
Super Bowl?
23 posted on 12/27/2003 7:14:38 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Happy Iraqi Independence Day!!!!)
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To: HardStarboard
My thought has always been that bin Laden would have had far more impact on the American psyche by hitting us on September 8. A Saturday. Fly one plane into Disney World. Another into Ohio Stadium or Michigan Stadium during a Big 10 football game, and another into The Mall of America.

I grew up in Boston. I have an East coast mentality. I was in the WTC at least 20 times. I feel the loss. But aside from the initial horror, flyover country doesn't see it the same way.

24 posted on 12/27/2003 7:38:22 PM PST by buccaneer81
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To: dawn53
Looks like they've been reading Clancy again.

Yep, just started a new one too: Teeth of the Tiger :)

25 posted on 12/27/2003 7:38:42 PM PST by Sender (We are now at Code Ernie - stock up on barbecue, beer, duct tape, ammo, batteries)
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To: FairOpinion
And on and on and on! Personally I think it'll be during the Ides of March.
26 posted on 12/27/2003 7:41:34 PM PST by vladog
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To: buccaneer81
But aside from the initial horror, flyover country doesn't see it the same way.

This is a galactically ignorant statement.

"Flyover country" sees it more than New York does.

27 posted on 12/27/2003 7:46:06 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: vladog
Jan 7 is Synaxis of John the Forerunner's day.

Be vigilant.
28 posted on 12/27/2003 7:46:12 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
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To: FairOpinion
I don't fear jack poop...I travel the world and am going to continue to....
29 posted on 12/27/2003 7:53:47 PM PST by Hotdog
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To: cpst12
A price is paid every time an alert happens - extra police, extra surveillance, more security

When the cold war was on, both sides paid for global insanity. They maintained missiles, we maintained missiles. They had subs, we had subs.

Now, with the Islamafacist, only we pay the price. We have alerts, they do nothing. Are Muslim countries going to Code Red or Orange or Yellow? No. Time for a change. We get hit, we hit back. They kill 3,000, we kill 30,000. Who do we hit? Any Muslim country that is not cooperating with us. Any Muslim country that harbors terrorist ( or any country called France).

Terrorist want to bankrupt this country. Let's level the playing field. Same rules. We go to orange, they go to orange. Both sides play, both sides pay.

The govt not doing us any favours with all these stupid warnings.

30 posted on 12/27/2003 8:09:45 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: FairOpinion
New Year's is basically a secular holiday. The time to strike the "crusaders" was on Christmas, a "crusader" holiday (holy day) in the true sense.

It seems our enemy is too weak these days to do anything more than blow himself up in Baghdad.

31 posted on 12/27/2003 8:11:09 PM PST by beckett
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To: dawn53
Looks like they've been reading Clancy again.

Read the opening few pages of Red Storm Rising and see how familiar it sounds.

32 posted on 12/27/2003 8:21:20 PM PST by stboz
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To: Ciexyz
How do we keep the maniacs down?

Win.

33 posted on 12/27/2003 8:31:00 PM PST by Tennessean4Bush
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To: Tennessean4Bush
Mass graves seem to do the trick.
34 posted on 12/27/2003 8:54:51 PM PST by BroncosFan (Pat Toomey for Senate!)
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To: CatOwner
Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years, MLK Day, Valentines's Day, President's Day, Easter, 1st Day of Spring, April Fool's Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, 1st Day of Summer, July 4th, Labor Day, 9/11, 1st Day of Fall, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, 1st Day of Winter, yada, yada, yada ...

I'm glad you left Punxsutawney Phil out of all this.

35 posted on 12/27/2003 9:40:42 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: vladog
Personally I think it'll be during the Ides of March.

et tu vladog?

36 posted on 12/27/2003 9:47:06 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: BJungNan
I still don't believe the threat is real. Otherwise they would be doing more to seal the borders...

Its a matter of priorities. Your safety from terrorism is way down the list to the Liberal's assault on our borders, language and culture.

37 posted on 12/28/2003 5:27:03 AM PST by Dr Warmoose (From the Bishop Spong Chair of PoMo Inclusiveness)
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To: cpst12
First it was fear of a 9/11 repeat in Sept, then the fear of a Thanksgiving attack, of course we moved right on to the fear of the Xmas attack...closely followed by the fear of the New Years attack...whats next? A fear of a Washingtons birthday attack?

Elvis' Birthday, Jan 16, that's gotta be it!. lol

38 posted on 12/28/2003 5:30:49 AM PST by #3Fan
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To: sinkspur
This is a galactically ignorant statement.

The ultimate contarian sinkspur makes his appearance with his usual disposition.

39 posted on 12/28/2003 5:48:44 AM PST by #3Fan
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To: Dr Warmoose
Its a matter of priorities. Your safety from terrorism is way down the list to the Liberal's assault on our borders, language and culture.

Sadly, that must be it.

40 posted on 12/28/2003 8:03:17 AM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan
I'm gonna wash my truck...but keep the cam, phone, and duct tape with me just in case....
41 posted on 12/28/2003 8:55:34 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: GOPJ
I've heard time and time again that BL is in Iran yet we send our taxpayers money over to help them when they get in trouble. Some might argue that we can sway them into liking us but I don't think so. I hate to be so jaded but until they want to get rid of their nuclear weapons and stop supporting the terrorists everywhere including Iraq I won't change my mind. "You're either with us or against us"

Also, a guest commentator opined on Bin L today that he has not been shown on video because of his jaundice color which in Islam means that Satan has taken over your body!!!!
42 posted on 12/28/2003 9:10:38 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: WestCoastGal
The Iranian people are victims of the Mullahs and thugs who rule them. No American would give a Mullah the time of day, but this is different. We're helping the people. And undermining the Mullahs. It's a twofer.

I've heard time and time again that BL is in Iran yet we send our taxpayers money over to help them when they get in trouble.

43 posted on 12/28/2003 11:24:18 AM PST by GOPJ
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