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July 07, 2006

The New York Times and the Holland Tunnel

Well, apparently the FBI were able to stop a terrorist attack before the New York Times could expose the critical FBI methods of identifying and tracking terrorists:

Terror Plot To Flood City Uncovered
July 07, 2006

The FBI has reportedly uncovered a terrorist plot to bomb the Holland Tunnel in the hopes the Hudson would then flood New York City.

The Daily News says one of the alleged plotters was arrested in Beirut and that a worldwide search is on for other suspects.

The terrorists allegedly got promises of money and tactical support from Jordanian associates of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before he was killed last month.

The News says the FBI uncovered the plot by watching internet chat rooms.

Still, experts say the plan wouldn't have worker because even if the explosives managed to breach the tunnel, the city wouldn't flood because it is built above the level of the river.

Senator Chuck Schumer is using news of the foiled bomb plot to remind the Department of Homeland Security of the bad judgment it exercise in cutting New York's security funding.

In a statement he says:

"This is one instance where intelligence was on top of its game and discovered the plot when it was just in the talking phase," said Schumer. "But it once again illustrates how misguided Homeland Security's allocation of funds is. How many warnings does the Department need about threats to New York until it changes its formula?"

Score another for the FBI and Homeland Security - and it's nice to see the New York Times & the terrorists on the losing end.

Posted by Jeff at July 7, 2006 08:56 AM

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