Skip to comments.Al-Qaida Eyed Oil Tankers as Bombing Targets
Posted on 05/20/2011 10:26:03 PM PDT by lbryce
Osama bin Laden's personal files revealed a brazen idea to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea last summer, creating explosions he hoped would rattle the world's economy and send oil prices skyrocketing, the U.S. said Friday.
The newly disclosed plot showed that while bin Laden was always scheming for the next big strike that would kill thousands of Americans, he also believed a relatively simpler attack on the oil industry could create a worldwide panic that would hurt Westerners every time they gassed up their cars.
U.S. officials said the tanker idea, included in documents found in the compound where bin Laden was killed nearly three weeks ago, was little more than an al-Qaida fantasy. But the FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued a confidential warning to police and the energy industry Thursday. The alert, obtained by The Associated Press, said that al-Qaida had sought information on the size and construction of oil tankers, had decided that spring and summer provided the best weather to approach the ships, had determined that blowing them up would be easiest from the inside and believed an explosion would create an "extreme economic crisis."
Bin Laden's documents also revealed that in February 2010, the terror group identified New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago as important cities that should be attacked; and it eyed specific dates, including the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Christmas, July Fourth and the State of the Union address, according to a similar alert issued Friday, obtained by the AP. There is no information indicating that there are plots involving these cities, dates and tactics under way.
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Yeah? Well they didn’t have to, did they? They had obama to do it for them...and he did. Still wondering about the BP explosion. Still not satisfied it was an accident.
One word concerning the seriousness of Isamic jihad plans:
Dont think for a second they havent thought of doing it here.
it was a "planned occasion" with the big boys aboard and who I perceived as the terrorist parties (the 2 guys in a special room...who were killed).
I simply believe the terrorists have penetrated the USA in all areas.
...and believed an explosion would create an “extreme economic crisis.”
It seems Ubama had better plans than Osama to destroy the US economy. Crafty fellows. /sarc
Foreign or Domestic; does it matter? I say it does not.
You’d think, Al Qaeda, desperate, very desperate for anything that proves they are still viable would take credit. They want, need bragging rights to a successful operation to survive.
Maybe it's no longer their policy...and they prefer deep cover.
They have,but in my opinion, the only thing that has stopped them is that AMERICANS ARE ARMED. The carnage on their worthless asses would be far too costly for them right now. Crazy as it is, it seems the American psyche can handle the senseless murder, heinous as it is, of thouands of innocent adults without losing their grip, but an attack like that on children would snap us like a rubber band wound too tight.
This country doesn’t have enough body bags or cement scrapers to gather their remains up if they did something like that. There would not be a mosque left standing in this whole country and they damn well know it.
not if their decapitation strike is sitting in the white hut.
It seems they prefer blue b o. No disrespct to linda ronstadt. (Well, maybe a little.)
Problem...doesnt take a “they”...only takes a fanatical “few” or “one”
And the whole point of a suicide attack....you really dont care what happens after the attack...
The soviets (yes I still call them that) certainly arent a bunch of pussies...and the jihadiststs still attacked beslen...
“a rifle behind every blade of grass” may have made difference to a foreign power.....it makes no difference to a jihadist...
Anyone who has run out this wargame into the perceivable knows it only has one of two endings....but both are the same act...
We lack the will...not the means....
They lack the means...not the will...
As soon as they have the means....they will do it... And just because I see where this is going...doesnt mean that's what I want to happen...
I'd settle for the jihadists to stop blowing shit up and killing people...
They would settle for my submission to allah...
but that aint gonna happen......ever...
The dance continues...
Very scary. It doesn’t take much to find 4-5 Shahab psychos to hijack a ship and then blow it up.
Even if they fail and SWAT kills them 5 minutes after taking hostages, jihadists have won, big time! Fear and uncertainty is what they want.
They want that, but above all they want a body count.
Dead infidels are an added bonus no doubt, but let’s be honest: how hard is to kill a bunch of civilians in a mall, ice cream stand or movie theater? Within 30 seconds you’re talking quit a few.
But the scariest is the pirate suicide bomber one, especially since ships will think it’s the normal hijacking (like people did on 9/11) and let them take over. I hope they are talking precautions, this story sounds like a horrible “hey, how about...” to the Somali Al Qaeda. Imagine oil prices and the ecologic disaster
They know how it works, they already have the market with oil. The prices are already a total joke (shh, we can’t really admit that, shh).
A high body count on a sudden attack though will cost a ton, like going after bin laden and co was what, $3T?
Exactly. Obama war on oil companies is working hard at doing Osama’s job for him.
Like I have said before Obama is the greater threat.Osama was a piker compared to the Imam in the White House.
Everything in a free society is a target. The group of us could sit down and come up with hundreds of viable targets. Since 9/11 nothing else has happened.
Is it logistical? Do our enemies not have enough funding or know how?
The threat is exaggerated, though real. In a decade nothing.
Bet he doesn't use those terms after we are hit.
BUSH BUSH BUSH
He wants and needs a terrorist incident. It means control, a rationale for big government and an opportunity for us to “not switch leaders mid-crisis”. It’s win-win and what’s a few dead Americans with all the evil we’ve done in the world to date.
Yet, these incompetent murderous psychos aren’t acting fast enough for the One. At least the oceans have stopped rising and the world’s beginning to heel...
last summer, creating explosions he hoped would rattle the world's economy and send oil prices skyrocketingThe fact that he didn't caused disappointment around the White House that was palpable. It wouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Osama's failure to get this carried out was the main reason Zero had him killed.
Only confirming what has long been discussed within the field of terrorism, counter-terrorism, etc.
I don’t think they were so crafty. With our inability to end the Somali pirate problem, Osama, if he still had mone, could have “bought” an oil tanker. Using a suicide squad they could have taken it somplace and created some real havoc.
We’re fortunate that al Qaeda is into symbolic and was only looking at major cities.
Apparently, he was just itching to meet the Navy’s SEALs; be careful what you wish for...
Apparently, he was just itching to meet the Navy’s SEALs; be careful what you wish for...
Their goal is destruction, regardless if it comes with publicity. For instance, ETA will make an announcement before they set off a bomb. AQ does not. ETA is trying to make a point and (currently)not necessarily trying to kill people (although they have). Where AQ wants to take down our way of life, that is their goal, economic and social destruction. Achieving their goals do not necessarily mean gaining attention.
Nothing has happened since 9/11? For real? Or are you only referring to the United States? There have been many other attacks in Europe and Asia. And there have been many attempts in the US. In fact the attempts have tripled over the last couple of years compared to entire time Bush was in office. Glad they have not been successful, we have excellent intelligence, but it doesn’t mean that it’s fantasy or they are out of funding. We’ve been fortunate, but AQ, especially AQAP hasn’t come close to slowing down.
So you’re trading liberty for security? How much security is enough? Fear is unlimited and easily stoked. When do you turn it off?
Is the TSA or The Patriot Act effective? Are they enough?
I did not say I was trading Security for Liberty. I said that the threat has not diminished. You had basically said their didn’t seem to be a problem with threats and I responded. No where in my response did I discuss what you are referring to. Talk about jumping to conclusions.
Why is a lot of the Bin Laden information being released to the public and the news agencies?
Shouldn’t our intelligence agencies keep it quiet rather than give ideas to other terrorists?
They did bomb a oil tanker after the Cole bombing
Roy Orbison. Ronstadt is a poser.
AQ has been threatening something major since 9/11, but we’ve gotten nothing.
The threats to the US are exaggerated. We have millions of Muslims to draw from and the terrorists can barely muddle through and the vast majority of their attacks occur in Muslim strongholds against other Muslims.
So what do you believe? You’ve stated that the threat is not diminished does it follow that you think we need the Patriot Act perpetually? The TSA should be expanded? At what point will the threat be diminished?
The threat to a free society is limitless. If you were not advocating trading security for liberty what are you advancing - status quo, more security/power in the hands of government or what?
Does the WH or the media know life existed before Dear Leader was Dear Leader? There was at least one tanker attack before, in 2002, which IIRC was considered the work of Al Qaeda. There have been others, which some have said were done by Al Qaeda.
Hey look. Let's face some cold reality.
Life has all sorts of ways to kill ya. It's amazing we are alive at all. People are killed, EN MASSE, by the automobile, but we don't declare a War on Cars.
Some of us, a very small percentage, might be killed by terrorists. It's not worth all the loss of freedoms, the incredible expense, and so on, to prevent it.
My only point when I wrote my statement was to respond to your post. Nothing more, nothing less.
You and I agree 100% on this. Let me arm and protect myself and warn me of credible potential risks and attacks.
Spend our intelligence efforts killing the heads of the financial and operational arms of our enemies and let’s keep our liberties.
That’s really weird, me too. Could it be that we were just responding to each others posts?
JULY 4, 2002 : (LA, CA, USA : LAX AIRPORT EL AL TICKET COUNTER ATTACK BY EGYPTIAN TERRORIST H M HADAYET; TWO KILLED, SEVERAL WOUNDED ———— See POST 911 ATTACKS, AL GAMAA AL ISLAMIYA aka ISLAMIC GROUP)