Three “Middle Eastern militants” arrested in Manila plot against US embassy

posted at 7:45 am on March 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Three “Middle Eastern militants” are in custody in the Philippines for plotting to attack the US embassy in Manila, as well as three other embassies in the capital. Authorities suspect them of belonging to either Jemaah Islamiyah or Abu Sayyaf, both terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda. They describe the plot as at an “advanced” stage, indicating an attack had been imminent:

Three suspected Middle Eastern militants have been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the U.S. and three other foreign embassies in the Philippines, officials said Thursday.

“There is a high probability that they are involved in some kind of plan to sow trouble,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita told reporters at an annual anti-terrorism and business security conference.

One of the suspects was arrested in Manila while the two others were separately captured in the southern Philippines recently.

Break out the AP/MSM-to-English dictionaries. “Middle Eastern militants” apparently means “radical Islamist terrorists” outside of media Newspeak. The AP fails to even mention al-Qaeda in this report, even though Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah both have affiliations to AQ. AQ funded Abu Sayyaf at its inception through Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa.

Why is this important? Al-Qaeda has bombed our embassies before. In 1998, bombers attacked American embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, killing over 200 Africans and a dozen Americans. It followed the AQ attack on Americans in Saudi Arabia at the Khobar Towers in 1996, and the embassy attacks resulted in the impotent missile attacks on al-Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and the pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan.

This plot indicates that al-Qaeda wants to dust off its playbook from ten years ago. It also indicates that the heightened intel effort against AQ has improved our ability to stop these plots. No one can describe Abu Sayyaf or Jemaah Islamiyah as “wannabes” when it comes to terrorism. If these men belonged to either or both of these networks, then they represented a real threat to our assets — and their capture sends a message to the terrorists that their networks have been compromised.


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Heh. Middle Eastern militants, using the accurate translation would mean they are militant about “middle eastern-ism”. Since there isn’t any such thing, we can conclude that PMSNBC has to make up new words to avoid telling us the truth.

How delightfully Orwellian.

Jaibones on March 6, 2008 at 7:53 AM

The whitewashing of Islamic terrorism in news accounts can be traced back to a time shortly after 9-11, through the efforts of the Society of Professional Journalists: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=29149_Society_of_Professional_Journalists_Advocates_Whitewashing_Islam&only

onlineanalyst on March 6, 2008 at 8:01 AM

I love how they keep getting caught before they blow anything up. It would be even better if they’d stop trying, maybe Obama can surrender us to them and they’ll stop.

Tony737 on March 6, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Are we sure they were militants and not just peace activists who just happened to plan on blowing some stuff up for the sake of peace?

Ares on March 6, 2008 at 8:13 AM

Masaya sa makita ka lumakad.

Alden Pyle on March 6, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Dang methodists.

Rosie was right.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 6, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Are we sure they were militants and not just peace activists who just happened to plan on blowing some stuff up for the sake of peace? – Ares

Oh come on now, everybody peace activist don’t blow stuff up … What? … Times Square? … Recruitment center? … Uh, well that must’ve been some neocon jewish ripoff capitalist!

Tony737 on March 6, 2008 at 8:22 AM

“Middle Eastern militants,” huh? And you’re saying they’re Muslims? Isn’t that a bit judgmental? Couldn’t they be Israeli agrarian socialists? Or Lebanese Christians? Possibly a few Syrian Orthodox extremists? I hear those guys are really rough!

morganfrost on March 6, 2008 at 8:36 AM

The main Liberal news sources are saying theres no
terrorists,however they are absolutely certain there’s
Global Warming.

Oh,and the Liberal party keeps saying theres no terrorists
but they blame Bush,they say if President Bush did’t attack
Irag then the terrorists wouldn’t be mad!

However if President Clinton would of attacked the right
target,instead of the Pharaceutical factory,maybe the
terrorist’s wouldn’t of been p!ssed off,so Clinton can take
credit for that one!

And Maybe the news shows are delibertly not mentioning
Middle eastern,especialy during this election cycle as
not to have it on the front burner,so Hillary doesn’t
have to talk much about WOT,that’s my vast conspiracy
theory!

canopfor on March 6, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Wish we could get more news/info of whats going on over there in the Phil. Its fairly intense over there as I understand it and they’re such an important friend of the U.S. Yet we seldom hear much about this part of the world. Its almost like its unders some news blackout. DD

Darvin Dowdy on March 6, 2008 at 8:38 AM

The Philippines and Indonesia are not a pathway that DHS focus on.

Beware, Mexico and Canada get much of the limelight due to their close proximity to the mainland, but watchout for those who enter Hawaii from the Philippines and Indonesia. They blend in so well and the Asian culturally controlled Demoncratic state make it easy for them to hide.

In a matter of days they are able to gain new documents and be on their way to the mainland to pick up their weapon of choice.

MSGTAS on March 6, 2008 at 8:55 AM

in a matter of days–MSGTAS

Hmmm…it took me a year & a half to get my non-terrorist Filipina wife here.

jgapinoy on March 6, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Alden Pyle, are you Filipino? Masaya to meet you.

jgapinoy on March 6, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Alden Pyle, are you Filipino? Masaya to meet you.

jgapinoy on March 6, 2008 at 9:26 AM

same here to both of you

maynila on March 6, 2008 at 9:50 AM

A rose by any other name still smells the same.

TooTall on March 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

This is no surprize and if the Democrats keep defending the terrorists rights and does not want the surveillance act to be pass in congress, more chaos can happen and this time we won’t be able to stop it before it happens.

mariloubaker on March 6, 2008 at 10:39 AM

jgapinoy on March 6, 2008 at 9:26 AM
same here to both of you

maynila on March 6, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Maraming salamat. Mabuhay!

And I echo that, it took seven years, lawyers, thousands of dollars US, but our family was finally reunited.

Doing it legally is hard, which is why some of the MOST patriotic Americans are those who came here as first generation imigrants. They WORKED, and SACRIFICED, for the world’s greatest PRIVILEDGE of being a US citizen. They played by the rules, and it burns their ass to see crimigrants jump to the front of the line and steal what others work so hard for.

Shameful.

Alden Pyle on March 6, 2008 at 11:17 AM

their capture sends a message to the terrorists that their networks have been compromised

Or really damn lucky.

However, I really think our intel since 911 has greatly improved.
Too bad some in congress cannot get the FISA act to pass.
A simple phone call could have been what worked here.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 11:47 AM

These JI people have killed many many people, including blowing up a Marriot hotel in Indonesia. Yes, they are muslims. They are also operating in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia

wepeople on March 6, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Break out the AP/MSM-to-English dictionaries. “Middle Eastern militants” apparently means “radical Islamist terrorists” outside of media Newspeak.

But “radical Islamist terrorists” could just be Muslims indigenous to the Phillipines. That they’re of foreign origin is significant. Not that the AP et al don’t aggresssively whitewash the “Muslim” bit, but your re-phrasing does leave out some important information.

Blacklake on March 6, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Off wiith their heads.

Johan Klaus on March 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Alden, maynila, jgapinoy,

My wife is Filipina. We hang out with this group.

My wife immigrated legally by way of K-1 visa in 2007. I discovered first hand that the legal immigration process is not “fun”. Happily, I got her in “just under the wire” in July, when the processing fees increased by a factor of 3 – 4 for much of the required paperwork. I know a number of Filipinos that are now struggling with the new rules/fees. IMHO, Homeland Security is now making it nearly impossible for many people to immigrate legally.

My collie says:

Anybody want to offer a good immigration conspiracy theory?

I AM getting a bit tired of the old North American Union stories, I guess.

CyberCipher on March 6, 2008 at 1:16 PM

We still have many relatives in Mindanao. It’s scary there at times for non muslims. We were going to visit and they told us not to. Too dangerous.

Alden Pyle on March 6, 2008 at 3:07 PM