NYC terror plot: FBI fears Madrid-style attack on subways, planning more raids

posted at 7:23 pm on September 16, 2009 by Allahpundit

I was thinking today that this story is an object lesson in how utterly useless the color-coded terror warning system is. Major plot, Al Qaeda cell, hundreds of FBI agents scrambling, no arrests made or bomb materials yet found, and more raids on the way. If this isn’t a code red, nothing is.

Note well: So convinced were the feds that these guys are dangerous that they had their hostage team in the city, ready for action in case the raids turned ugly.

The FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team arrived in New York in anticipation of the offensive to thwart a Denver-based terror cell with ties to Al Qaeda, police sources told the Daily News.

Another source said an earlier raid uncovered nine backpacks and cell phones, raising memories of the March 2004 bombings in Madrid…

Najibullah Zazi, the Colorado man who triggered a rash of Queens raids Monday, was identified through e-mail, wire taps and a confidential informant as part of the plot, the source said…

Zazi was stopped at the George Washington Bridge on his way into the city, sources told The News. Authorities later seized his rental car from a Queens street, sources said.

In the car, sources said the feds found documents and papers about bomb-making and bombs.

The Daily News claims the cell is comprised of five men but I don’t know how that squares with the detail about nine backpacks. In fact, if you believe ABC News, it was actually 14 backpacks that were found. Remember: It only took four to kill 52 people in the London bombings of 2005. Exit question: Do they really not have enough to arrest Zazi? E-mails and wiretaps and an informant and bomb-making instructions and a cross-country drive to NYC: Seems like there’s a conspiracy and an overt act in there somewhere. Maybe they let him go in hopes that he’ll do something stupid like contacting other members of the cell, against whom the evidence might momentarily be weak. If you want to see him wearing a sh*t-eating grin and denying everything, follow the ABC link and watch the embedded video.

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Bleeds Blue on September 16, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Your weak pathetic president is done if there is another attack.

elduende on September 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM

From your keyboard to God’s eye.

sondiehl on September 17, 2009 at 2:30 AM

Meanwhile, on the other hand

macncheez on September 17, 2009 at 1:43 AM


The CIA needs so many muslims and arabs that it’s doing this in high profile? I hope this is a trick to convince the terrorists that we are bumbling idiots. I really do. Maybe he should have them raise their hands and state their names, addresses and the addresses in the homelands of their families, if they want to spy for America …

progressoverpeace on September 17, 2009 at 2:44 AM

Podesta was in Dearborn, MI.Yes this Dearborn MI

Call me cynical, but we should not be depending on these people to help USA. But then if Podesta’s remarks are the followup of Obama’s loyalties…hmmmm

macncheez on September 17, 2009 at 3:21 AM



macncheez on September 17, 2009 at 3:22 AM

Read Bozo’s books. He wrote that he would side with muslims.

Take it for what it is. The FBI didn’t foil this plot, nor have they captured all the people involved or arrested all the other Al Qaeda members and sympathizers from coast to coast.

This is far from over, unfortunately.

dogsoldier on September 17, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Yeah, AP. Stay safe. Go over to Queens Village. Oh, wait… on second thought. Grow a beard!

Key West Reader on September 16, 2009

Yeah, the closely cropped, neatly trimmed, George Michael look should do nicely for you.

SKYFOX on September 17, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Anyone want to bet the Obama administration takes full credit and uses this incident to show how they are tough on terrorist?

JeffinSac on September 17, 2009 at 9:20 AM

“Najibullah Zazi, the Colorado man who triggered a rash of Queens raids Monday, was identified through e-mail, wire taps ….”

Whoah, Nelly! You mean, the Obama administration has been illegally reading email and wiretapping people!? What is this, the Patriot Act running amok again? For God’s sake, somebody please call the ACLU to defend us! OUR RIGHTS ARE BEING STRIPPED AWAY BY THE GOVERNMENT! Oh, the humanity!

Tantor on September 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Then there’s this article from the boss on neutering “the nation’s most highly-trained post-9/11 counterterrorism rail security team?”

Was the “next crisis” unwittingly thwarted?

scituate_tgr on September 17, 2009 at 11:45 AM