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ABC NEWS: DOCS SEIZED IN IRAQ REVEAL INSURGENT PLAN FOR ATTACK IN U.S.(Update with story)
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Posted on 01/22/2007 12:16:37 PM PST by maquiladora

Edited on 01/22/2007 12:29:11 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

ABC NEWS: DOCS SEIZED IN IRAQ REVEAL INSURGENT PLAN FOR ATTACK IN U.S.


Details Emerge About Possible Terror Threat

Suspects, Reportedly Tied to Al Qaeda in Iraq, Sought Student Visas

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2007 — Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago "revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."

At the time, Maples offered little additional insight into the possible terror plot. ABC News, however, has learned new details of what remains a classified incident that has been dealt with at the highest levels of government.

Watch the full report tonight on "World News with Charles Gibson."

Sources tell ABC News that the plot may have involved moving between 10 and 20 suspects believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq into the United States with student visas — the same method used by the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who struck American targets on Sept. 11.

U.S. officials now require universities to closely track foreign nationals who use student visas to study in the United States. University officials must report international students who fail to arrive on campus or miss class regularly.

In August, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement alerted intelligence agencies and state and local law enforcement about 11 Egyptian students who had failed to report to their classes at Montana State University. The students were ultimately apprehended.

Still, despite the heightened precautions, some security analysts fear that skilled terrorists — handpicked because of their clean records and because they are carefully trained — could still slip through an academic setting.

The plot was discovered six months ago, roughly the same time that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed by coalition forces. Sources tell ABC News that the suspects involved in the effort to launch the U.S. attack were closely associated with Zarqawi.

The plan also came only months after Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2, had requested that Zarqawi attempt an attack inside the United States.

"This appears to be the first hard evidence al Qaeda in Iraq was trying to attack us here at home," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council.

The plan was uncovered in its early stages, and sources say there is no indication that the suspects made it into the United States. Officials also emphasize that there is no evidence of an imminent attack.

The hunt for suspects continues, however, and some fear that al Qaeda recruits in Iraq could be easily redirected.

"Anyone willing to go to Iraq to fight American troops is probably willing to try to come to the United States," Clarke said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2813235&page=1


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedainiraq; alzarqawi; egyptianstudents; iraq; pelosisfault; terrorattack; terrorism; terrorplot; wot; zarqawi
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1 posted on 01/22/2007 12:16:38 PM PST by maquiladora
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2 posted on 01/22/2007 12:17:35 PM PST by maquiladora
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ping


3 posted on 01/22/2007 12:17:41 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: maquiladora

Why would ABC news tell us? They are too busy helping the other guys.


4 posted on 01/22/2007 12:17:46 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: maquiladora

This outta get the conspiracy moonbats tweaking, coming just before SOTU.


5 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:08 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter - I still like ya, but please read the 10th and get back to me regarding Congr pardons)
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To: maquiladora

The left will say it's a ruse invented to shore up Bush's sagging poll ratings.


6 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:10 PM PST by rhombus
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To: maquiladora

I wonder how the media will spin this. Probably that we caused it.


7 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:12 PM PST by Vision ("Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you your heart's desires." Psalm 37:4)
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To: maquiladora
Round up the muzzies.
8 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:16 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: maquiladora

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2813235&page=1


9 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:16 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: maquiladora

Wouldn't THAT make them terrorists?


10 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:21 PM PST by AU72
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To: maquiladora

Thats a lie. There are no terrorists in Iraq, the 'Rats told me so.


11 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:24 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: maquiladora

Let the whole bloody world know. Without this information leaking, we could organize Delta and SIX to completely and utterly destroy any attack inside this country.


12 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:28 PM PST by wastedyears ("Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: edcoil

because its Bush's fault for creating the insurgency (sarcasm)


13 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:47 PM PST by Right in Wisconsin
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To: maquiladora
Excellent. I mean, awful.

I mean, glad this comes up - on ABC, too! - right before the SOTU.

OTOH, the rats will spin it as 'the US deserves this payback.'

14 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:48 PM PST by txhurl
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To: maquiladora

I'm sure Brian Ross is on the beat, hunting down some pervert Congressman.


15 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:53 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: maquiladora

The key is the word "insurgent"...meaning theirs or ours? ;)


16 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:54 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: edcoil

They're telling their allies to back off so they don't get slaughtered.


17 posted on 01/22/2007 12:18:58 PM PST by wastedyears ("Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: maquiladora

What was the nature of the planned attack?


18 posted on 01/22/2007 12:19:42 PM PST by Enosh
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To: maquiladora

Dear ABC.
Thanks jerks for letting our enemy know that we know his plans.
You guys out to be sent to prison as spies and sabateurs.


19 posted on 01/22/2007 12:19:44 PM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: maquiladora

There isn't any plan for an attack in the US. This is just to justify continuing the war and to boost Bush's sagging popularity!!!!

(Just doing a little preemptive strike for what we can expect from the left...)

Anxiously-awaiting-further-details bump.


20 posted on 01/22/2007 12:20:19 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Growing old isn't so bad, especially when you consider the alternative!)
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To: edcoil

Nancy will save us!


21 posted on 01/22/2007 12:20:24 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: maquiladora

ABC just betrayed their best friends. They should be held accountable.


22 posted on 01/22/2007 12:21:09 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Mr. Jeeves
The key is the word "insurgent"...meaning theirs or ours? ;)

That was my initial thought is ABC is revealing our attack plan, but it appears otherwise.

23 posted on 01/22/2007 12:21:12 PM PST by Always Right
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To: pinz-n-needlez; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; Dog; ...

PING


24 posted on 01/22/2007 12:21:25 PM PST by Mo1 (Mrs. Bill Clinton - "We're going to take what you have and give it to others for the common good.")
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To: edcoil

WHA WHA WHAT????

But But But..

I've been told war in Iraq had nothing to do with the War on Terror....


25 posted on 01/22/2007 12:21:48 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: maquiladora

ABC works for the enemy in Iraq, no reason to believe this trash talk.

More like political talk to bash the President, yet again, another yawner.


26 posted on 01/22/2007 12:21:58 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: txflake
I mean, glad this comes up - on ABC, too! - right before the SOTU

Now you've done it, (conspiracy)heads will be exploding over at DUmmyland.

27 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:01 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: EagleUSA

ABC NEW, Fair and Balanced
Tell the world of our secrets and the terrorists secrets.


28 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:05 PM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: AU72
Wouldn't THAT make them terrorists?

Good point. They can't call them terrorists, otherwise they'd have to admit that it's a WAR ON TERROR.

29 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:37 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Dog; AdmSmith

pong to link in #9


30 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:41 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: maquiladora

Here's the story:

Details Emerge About Possible Terror Threat

Suspects, Reportedly Tied to Al Qaeda in Iraq, Sought Student Visas

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2007 — Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago "revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."

At the time, Maples offered little additional insight into the possible terror plot. ABC News, however, has learned new details of what remains a classified incident that has been dealt with at the highest levels of government.

Watch the full report tonight on "World News with Charles Gibson."

Sources tell ABC News that the plot may have involved moving between 10 and 20 suspects believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq into the United States with student visas — the same method used by the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who struck American targets on Sept. 11.

U.S. officials now require universities to closely track foreign nationals who use student visas to study in the United States. University officials must report international students who fail to arrive on campus or miss class regularly.

In August, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement alerted intelligence agencies and state and local law enforcement about 11 Egyptian students who had failed to report to their classes at Montana State University. The students were ultimately apprehended.

Still, despite the heightened precautions, some security analysts fear that skilled terrorists — handpicked because of their clean records and because they are carefully trained — could still slip through an academic setting.

The plot was discovered six months ago, roughly the same time that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed by coalition forces. Sources tell ABC News that the suspects involved in the effort to launch the U.S. attack were closely associated with Zarqawi.

The plan also came only months after Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2, had requested that Zarqawi attempt an attack inside the United States.

"This appears to be the first hard evidence al Qaeda in Iraq was trying to attack us here at home," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council.

The plan was uncovered in its early stages, and sources say there is no indication that the suspects made it into the United States. Officials also emphasize that there is no evidence of an imminent attack.

The hunt for suspects continues, however, and some fear that al Qaeda recruits in Iraq could be easily redirected.

"Anyone willing to go to Iraq to fight American troops is probably willing to try to come to the United States," Clarke said.


31 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:47 PM PST by jdm
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To: King Moonracer

No, the rats didn't tell you because they want plausible deniability. Their media whores told you so.


32 posted on 01/22/2007 12:22:59 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: EagleUSA
ABC just betrayed their best friends. They should be held accountable.

What about Drudge? Is he accountable?
33 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:06 PM PST by Registered (Politics is the art of the possible)
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To: Vision
I wonder how the media will spin this.

Rathergate is a good guide. There are a lot of moonbats out there who contend Karl Rove managed to plant those phony documents as a means to discredit poor Dan Rather.

Even Rather won't go that far. Last I heard, he is still claiming "Fake, but accurate."

34 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:10 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Enosh
What was the nature of the planned attack?

They were gonna put underwear on our heads and flush Bibles down the toilet. Oh wait, that's the plan for the Democartic convention.

35 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:16 PM PST by Always Right
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To: EagleUSA

ABC calls our fighting forces insurgents and they call the terrorists "freedom fighters".


36 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:28 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Admin Moderator

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2813235&page=1


37 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:29 PM PST by jdm
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To: maquiladora

Silly. In other news, Friday will follow Thursday...


38 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:43 PM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: roses of sharon
ABC works for the enemy in Iraq, no reason to believe this trash talk.

Um, except that breaking up a terrorist attack before it happens is good news for President Bush, and bad news for war critics.

But other than that, it's clearly another eeeevil plot to bring President Bush down... by making him look good. The fiends!

39 posted on 01/22/2007 12:23:59 PM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: maquiladora

When the next attack occurs on our soil, and it will, the Democrats can brag that it was of their non support of the war on terror.


40 posted on 01/22/2007 12:24:22 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: maquiladora

Yeah, let's give up over there. We'd much rather fight them over here...or at least react AFTER an attack. Thanks liberals.


41 posted on 01/22/2007 12:24:24 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: jdm

There was a lot of interesting stuff on Zarq's thumb drive that we got a hold of.


42 posted on 01/22/2007 12:25:08 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Always Right

What attack plan? All we got were seized documents about some plan by the ragheads to attack the United States.


43 posted on 01/22/2007 12:25:13 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Mo1

The left will have a field day with this and we just need to remind them of a couple of things:

a) we wouldn't have found out about this if we weren't in Iraq;

b) most of those insurgents are Iranians;

c) when the left tells us that there weren't AQ in Iraq before the war, you can look at this link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1698371/posts


44 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:06 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: jdm

6 months ago......... ABC knew about this. Where they holding this info for the November elections.

This makes my blood boil. They want to hang Bush and give him no credit in order to get dims back into power. I for one do not even believe the dims won the last election fair and square.


45 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:13 PM PST by JFC
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To: maquiladora

Show us a document saying they're NOT hoping to attack us, then you have some real breaking news.


46 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:14 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: BigSkyFreeper; STARWISE; Bahbah; Mo1; onyx; RedRover; Peach

PING


47 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:16 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: MHGinTN
No, the rats didn't tell you because they want plausible deniability. Their media whores told you so.

LOL. I always get my whores mixed up. I wonder if I'm related to the Kennedys?

48 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:25 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: jdm
U.S. officials now require universities to closely track foreign nationals who use student visas to study in the United States

So we're relying on college employees to keep track of terrorists? Great.

49 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:26 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: maquiladora

GEe what a surprise -- news of a possible Terrorist Attack right before the SUPER BOWL. Good thing this hasn't happened in the past.


50 posted on 01/22/2007 12:26:28 PM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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