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Sleeper cells: A ticking clock
Washington Times ^ | 5-9-07 | Arnaud de Borchgrave

Posted on 05/09/2007 11:37:08 AM PDT by JZelle

Invading Iraq to unload the Saddam Hussein regime would go a long way to shrinking the menace of transnational terrorism. At least, that's what some of the war planners firmly believed. Saddam, the "neocons" argued, was the evil genius behind September 11, 2001. At one point, 60 percent of the American people went along with the disinformation. Fighting the terrorists over there so they wouldn't come over here was a popular refrain. Now, the stats tell a totally different story.

Terrorist incidents have increased sevenfold since Saddam was overthrown. Pointing to the increasing use of suicide car and truck and chemical bombs, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) said casualties from terrorist strikes rose 40 percent in 2006 compared to 2005. The NCTC stats also said there had been a 91 percent increase in attacks in the Middle East and South Asia, including the latest terrorist refinement of chlorine bombs.

Five chlorine truck bombs in Iraq killed scores in Iraq and injured many more after they breathed the toxic fumes. Even more alarming, the U.S. Chlorine Institute, a trade group that represents 200 companies that make and distribute the stuff, alerted the FBI to several thefts and attempted thefts of 150-pound chlorine tanks from water purification treatment plants in California. But then, the FBI says it has no evidence of al Qaeda-type "sleeper cells" in the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; sleepercells; terrorism

1 posted on 05/09/2007 11:37:11 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: JZelle
Saddam, the "neocons" argued, was the evil genius behind September 11, 2001.

I quit reading right there.

2 posted on 05/09/2007 11:38:34 AM PDT by Tallguy (Climate is what you plan for, weather is what you get.)
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To: JZelle

Any application of logic is purely accidental.


3 posted on 05/09/2007 11:39:48 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Tallguy
Should have kept reading. It gets even better:

Terrorist incidents have increased sevenfold since Saddam was overthrown.

We shoulda kept Saddam in! It's Bush's fault!

4 posted on 05/09/2007 11:41:10 AM PDT by Cymbaline (I repeat myself when under stress I repeat myself when under stress I repeat myself when under stres)
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To: Cymbaline

One day the MSM scum and liberals in general will kiss the ground our military walks on.


5 posted on 05/09/2007 11:47:01 AM PDT by unkus
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To: JZelle
There is only ONE effective protection again sleeper cells and sudden jihad syndrome: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

If even those civilians now in possession of legally owned firearms were allowed the full scope of their Second Amendment protected Rights, we would be an order of magnitude safer than we are now.

It has the added benefit of not expanding government, would not require additional expenditure, and is the only real solution to our Nations crime and security issues.

This cannot be refuted rationally...

6 posted on 05/09/2007 11:50:38 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Tallguy
I quit reading right there.

Beat ya. I stopped at "Arnaud de Borchgrave". What the hell does a foreigner-named guy like this know about American politics?

7 posted on 05/09/2007 11:51:53 AM PDT by 50sDad (Angels on asteroids are abducting crop circles!)
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To: JZelle

Armed Americans - A clock smashing hammer!


8 posted on 05/09/2007 11:54:41 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution ? 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Cymbaline

I give you the Democrats: We have to ban dodgeball to “protect the children”, but we should kowtow to terrorists like bullies on the international playground in the hopes if we just “understand them” they’ll stop beating us up and taking our lunch money.


9 posted on 05/09/2007 11:54:55 AM PDT by 50sDad (Angels on asteroids are abducting crop circles!)
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To: 50sDad

Most do understand them. That’s why there’s a call to increase our military by 200,000 boots. It’s the goody two shoes that just don’t seem to get it. Just like in our schools....they say we have to understand the bullys. No we don’t. The bullys need to understand that what goes around, comes around.


10 posted on 05/09/2007 12:05:23 PM PDT by RC2
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To: unkus

I could have never seen this coming. So Washington Times is also MSM and liberal scums now? What’s next? Fox News?


11 posted on 05/09/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT by WangWangBlues
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To: JZelle

Arnaud has gone completely over the edge.


12 posted on 05/09/2007 12:17:35 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: WangWangBlues

Well it’s pretty tough to argue that the strategy of fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here is a failure and then use stats on how much they are blowing up overthere (as opposed to overhere) and claim any foothold on logic. Regardless if it’s printed in the Washington Times or Post.


13 posted on 05/09/2007 12:34:24 PM PDT by marlon
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To: JZelle
What a surprise - a supercilious, idiotic column written by a supercilious idiot.

Will wonders never cease.

14 posted on 05/09/2007 12:51:22 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: marlon

That’s what I was thinking.


15 posted on 05/09/2007 1:11:05 PM PDT by existtoexcel
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To: Cymbaline

“Terrorist incidents have increased sevenfold since Saddam was overthrown.”

I guess Arnaud is ignoring the fact that Saddam killed anyone who threatened his regime, without regard for whether they actually did anything or not.

If we did that, I’ll bet he’d be at the head of the line condemning us.


16 posted on 05/09/2007 1:13:59 PM PDT by ex-NFO
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To: unkus
One day the MSM scum and liberals in general will kiss the ground our military walks on.

In the meantime, this Borchgrave joker can kiss my ass.

17 posted on 05/09/2007 1:21:20 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: 50sDad

mash here...interesting guy...
http://www.benadorassociates.com/borchgrave.php


18 posted on 05/09/2007 1:23:14 PM PDT by mo
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To: JZelle
The article self-contradicts. Watch:

"Fighting the terrorists over there so they wouldn't come over here was a popular refrain. Now, the stats tell a totally different story.

Terrorist incidents have increased sevenfold since Saddam was overthrown. Pointing to the increasing use of suicide car and truck and chemical bombs, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) said casualties from terrorist strikes rose 40 percent in 2006 compared to 2005. The NCTC stats also said there had been a 91 percent increase in attacks in the Middle East and South Asia"

The article proves the expectation that we could fight "the terrorists over there so they wouldn't come over here."

Ipso dumbo.

19 posted on 05/09/2007 2:09:14 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (the Prophet said, ‘If (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’ - HADITH Sahih Bukhari [4:52:260])
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To: ex-NFO

Apparently this mindless twit has not heard about 9/11.


20 posted on 05/09/2007 2:19:02 PM PDT by newcthem (A former republican......now I'm a Fredsureashellcan !!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JZelle

Does that drooling old coot really believe that NOT going into Iraq would have made us safer?


21 posted on 05/09/2007 5:27:33 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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