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Al Qaeda Threatens To Nuke New York By February 2nd (jihadi site, via Milan paper, via Debka)
Debka.com ^ | 01-01-04

Posted on 01/01/2004 9:34:54 AM PST by PaulaB

The banner headline spread across the front page of Il Giornale, the respected Milan daily reads:

“Al Qaeda: We will destroy New York within 35 days. Threat on the Internet. Countdown begins.”

The threat was contained in a video clip featured on a web site associated with the fundamentalist terror group. It announced al Qaeda plans to destroy New York in a nuclear blast on February 2. Il Giornale claims the FBI blocked and removed the web site.

The video clip showed three possible scenarios: 1. A bomb or giant fireball from the skies that will cover the metropolis with a radioactive cloud. 2. A storm of radioactive clouds that will topple skyscrapers one by one, along with the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. 3. An explosion on board a charter aircraft that will cause a radioactive cloud to spread over the city.

The video clip was accompanied by large, red-lettered Arabic captions saying: “If God wills it, the end of America is near.”

DEBKAfile’s counter-terrorism sources say they cannot verify the authorship or gauge the seriousness of the threat because the Internet site is no longer accessible. But the report appeared in a newspaper widely viewed as the flagship of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Such reports - even if not authenticated - tend to contribute to the mounting sense of alarm generated by “Orange Alert” in America and other Western countries.

It comes against the backdrop of appeals to New Year revelers to stay away from the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, Moscow’s Red Square and London’s Trafalgar Square – or even Disney World and the Las Vegas Strip. All these sites are surrounded by heavy security.


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KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bairam; debka; nyc; threats
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1 posted on 01/01/2004 9:34:54 AM PST by PaulaB
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To: PaulaB
Feb. 2-Groundhog Day.
2 posted on 01/01/2004 9:36:16 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chilling Effect-1, Global Warming-0)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Oh no, a nuclear groundhog. LOL
3 posted on 01/01/2004 9:40:20 AM PST by sd-joe (.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
But we're safe if Benny Laddin comes out of his cave and sees his shadow.
That means we get another 6 weeks, right?
4 posted on 01/01/2004 9:41:22 AM 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: PaulaB
Debka? I'll wait for confirmation from the World Tribune, Newsmax, or WorldNetDaily.
5 posted on 01/01/2004 9:41:38 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: JustPiper
AQ threatens to nuke NYC by February 2.
6 posted on 01/01/2004 9:42:28 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
The source was Debka....Bushcountry.org ran the story
7 posted on 01/01/2004 9:42:40 AM PST by PaulaB (Crazy on a ship of fools)
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To: baltodog
I wonder if Saddam saw his shadow when he came out of his
'spider hole'?
8 posted on 01/01/2004 9:43:09 AM PST by CharlotteVRWC
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To: PaulaB
In February, AQ will change their estimated attack date to April, in April they will change the date to June, in June...
9 posted on 01/01/2004 9:43:30 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Submitting approval for the CAIR COROLLARY to GODWIN'S LAW.)
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To: PaulaB
"We will destroy New York within 35 days"

Oh, Please. What a ridiculous statement.!
10 posted on 01/01/2004 9:45:26 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: PaulaB
If Debka forcasts rain, leave you unbrella home.
11 posted on 01/01/2004 9:45:37 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: PaulaB
I think it is long overdue for our spooks to find the kid behind these threats and whack him.
12 posted on 01/01/2004 9:46:58 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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To: PaulaB

Mom Threatens DEBKA Bloggers with Grounding!


13 posted on 01/01/2004 9:48:03 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: PaulaB
The end of New York would mean the end of Mecca as the center of Islamic faith.

Destroyed by Allah, as a lesson to the faithful to beware
the hubris of false teachings.
14 posted on 01/01/2004 9:48:07 AM PST by tet68
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To: Gorzaloon
Give him the spanking he deserves.
15 posted on 01/01/2004 9:49:25 AM 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: PaulaB; Billthedrill; All

AFP/Stan Honda

Times Square, New Year's Eve. They don't look terrified.

16 posted on 01/01/2004 9:55:44 AM PST by dighton
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To: dighton
They're actually going to drop the biggest, most hideous, most horrorific bomb on New York yet: Michael Jackson's latest CD.
17 posted on 01/01/2004 10:00:41 AM PST by jraven
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To: dighton
Ok, everyone...find Waldo's chef?
18 posted on 01/01/2004 10:03:08 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: PaulaB
Gad! This could really change any sequel to the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. And speaking of Hollywood, why do these Arabs always forget about it? What a target and God may even be on their side. Who knows. (cynicism)

Muleteam1

19 posted on 01/01/2004 10:09:41 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: PaulaB
Silly rabbits, they have already proven through the holidays that they are incapable of laying a glove on us.
20 posted on 01/01/2004 10:13:41 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: PaulaB
Please do not post anything from Debka.
21 posted on 01/01/2004 10:16:00 AM PST by ChadGore (George W. Bush has done more to earn my vote than any other American alive today.)
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To: dighton
Thanks for posting the picture of the New Year's revelers.
I heard a radio news reporter say that a lot of the Times Square revelers were
wearing orange hats...to show they were making the best of our "Orange" security
situation...and to stick an finger in OBL's eye.
22 posted on 01/01/2004 10:16:52 AM PST by VOA
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To: PaulaB
Feb 3rd....U.S. Nukes most middle-Eastern Capital cities in response.


Film at 11

23 posted on 01/01/2004 10:17:33 AM PST by Gringo1 (Might makes......well, it makes might.)
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To: ChadGore
Please do not post anything from Debka.

Good suggestion for saving bandwidth.
On the other hand, a Debka post is just about as good as something from The Onion.
24 posted on 01/01/2004 10:18:26 AM PST by VOA
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To: VOA
I heard a radio news reporter say that a lot of the Times Square revelers were wearing orange hats...to show they were making the best of our "Orange" security situation...and to stick an finger in OBL's eye.

Nice detail. Thanks for pointing it out.

25 posted on 01/01/2004 10:20:32 AM PST by dighton
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To: PaulaB
DEBKA LATEST HEADLINES:

"THE EARTH MAYBE FLAT"


26 posted on 01/01/2004 10:20:48 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Mr. Mojo
Debka? I'll wait for confirmation from the World Tribune, Newsmax, or WorldNetDaily.

Or the Onion or World News Weekly.

27 posted on 01/01/2004 10:21:49 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
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To: PaulaB
Debka is notoriously unreliable.
28 posted on 01/01/2004 10:26:14 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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I think this was covered in one of the quatrains.
29 posted on 01/01/2004 10:27:47 AM PST by Consort
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To: PaulaB
"The video clip showed three possible scenarios: 1. A bomb or giant fireball from the skies that will cover the metropolis with a radioactive cloud. 2. A storm of radioactive clouds that will topple skyscrapers one by one, along with the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. 3. An explosion on board a charter aircraft that will cause a radioactive cloud to spread over the city."

These boys better be able to produce on threats like this, or people are going to start losing faith in them...

30 posted on 01/01/2004 10:30:45 AM PST by redhead (Les Franšais sont des singes de capitulation qui mangent du fromage.)
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To: Gringo1
"Feb 3rd....U.S. Nukes most middle-Eastern Capital cities in response. Film at 11"

COOL! That's my birthday!!

31 posted on 01/01/2004 10:35:13 AM PST by redhead (Les Franšais sont des singes de capitulation qui mangent du fromage.)
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To: PaulaB
Debka cites Il Giornale of Milan. I went there, but couldn't find the article in question. But I don't know what key words to use. Al Qaeda turned up nothing, but they may use another phrase in Italian; New York turned up too much.

Their cited source is here:

http://ilgiorno.quotidiano.net/
32 posted on 01/01/2004 10:36:19 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: redhead
One Fine Day

Mecca Disappears.....Mystery Deepens.....


33 posted on 01/01/2004 10:39:50 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: PaulaB
Somewhere in Damascus, two teenagers are giggling and high-fiving.
34 posted on 01/01/2004 10:40:39 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: PaulaB
Once again, the Arabs will humilate themselves by making threats that they can not and will not follow through with.


--- The Saudi Amabassador is giving a speech. After his speech he steps down from the podium and meets President Bush. He says to the President...

"Mr. President, there is something about the US that I don't understand."

The President says...

"Well, Mr. Amabassador, I'll be happy top answer your questions."

The Saudi Ambassador then says...

"My nephew goes to college in the US and he says everyone likes this TV show, "Star Trek". But he says that "Star Trek" has blacks, whites, asians, russions, japanese and other nationalities on the show, but they never have any arabs. Can you explain why there are no arabs on Star Trek?"

The President chuckles and say...

"You need to remember, Mr. Amabassador, Star Trek takes place in the future..."

35 posted on 01/01/2004 10:41:16 AM PST by Jeff Gordon (arabed - verb: lower in esteem; hurt the pride of [syn: mortify, chagrin, humble, abase, humiliate])
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To: Jeff Gordon
http://images.google.com/images?q=arab+star+trek&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&newwindow=1&safe=off
36 posted on 01/01/2004 10:42:17 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Cicero
Here's a link to a FR post that shows a countdown clock and video from them....

Though as you'll see the film is a bit outdated....

37 posted on 01/01/2004 10:44:18 AM PST by b4its2late (Pinging FReepers {except Arthur McGowan} Since May 16, 1999.)
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To: Dallas59
I spoke too soon...
http://members.lycos.co.uk/stblender/videos/type11dubai.avi
38 posted on 01/01/2004 10:44:52 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Cicero
And they had to steal clips from our movies made here in the good 'ole USA.
39 posted on 01/01/2004 10:46:09 AM PST by b4its2late (Pinging FReepers {except Arthur McGowan} Since May 16, 1999.)
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To: PaulaB
They're bluffing. The UN building is in New York.
40 posted on 01/01/2004 10:46:56 AM PST by inquest (The only problem with partisanship is that it leads to bipartisanship)
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To: Jhensy
Somewhere in Damascus Dearborn, two teenagers are giggling and high-fiving.
41 posted on 01/01/2004 10:47:33 AM PST by Alouette (Proud parent of an IDF recruit!)
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To: ChadGore
The source was Debka....Bushcountry.org ran the story...check it if you like..

http://bushcountry.org/
42 posted on 01/01/2004 10:49:17 AM PST by PaulaB (Crazy on a ship of fools)
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To: Cicero
Your link is to Il Giorno ("The Day"), not to Il Giornale ("The (Daily) Newspaper"). To tell the truth, I've never heard of Il Giornale of Milan. Has anybody ever heard of it, or does anybody know anything about it?
43 posted on 01/01/2004 10:49:21 AM PST by aristeides
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To: aristeides
?

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.ilgiornaledivicenza.it/&prev=/search%3Fq%3DIl%2BGiornale%2B%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26newwindow%3D1%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG
44 posted on 01/01/2004 10:51:31 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: aristeides
Consider this ......
Two flights using the same flt number have been canceled in the past few days.... is the intel focusing on a flight number instead if a date??
The flight numbers were 223...Feb 2 at 3pm?
45 posted on 01/01/2004 10:53:37 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire with meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Dallas59
Your link appears to be to Il Giornale di Vicenza. That would not be a Milan paper. Vicenza is near Venice, and a considerable distance from Milan.
46 posted on 01/01/2004 11:06:01 AM PST by aristeides
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To: Robe
is the intel focusing on a flight number instead if a date??

Looks like it, doesn't it?

Of course, if they're only able to decypher bits and pieces of messages, there may be a lot of guesswork involved.

47 posted on 01/01/2004 11:07:33 AM PST by aristeides
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To: Robe
Interesting. Perhaps. Maybe, they are covering any angle they can think of regarding the numbers.
48 posted on 01/01/2004 11:08:13 AM PST by riri
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To: Bluntpoint
Tell me about Debka. What is it and why does it spread such strange stories?
49 posted on 01/01/2004 11:21:35 AM PST by Taffini (I like Tony Soprano even though he is a fat boy.)
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To: nuconvert
"We will destroy New York within 35 days"

"Oh, Please. What a ridiculous statement.!"

Exactly. Even Michael Bloomberg can't destroy NY that quickly, try though he might.
50 posted on 01/01/2004 11:28:35 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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