State Dep’t terror alert: Watch your back if you’re traveling in Europe

posted at 4:15 pm on October 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

Completely useless in practical terms but a sign of how seriously they’re taking the plot we’ve been blogging about for the past week. If you believe ABC, an attack could come at any moment:

Strong concerns that terrorist teams in Europe have selected their targets, completed their surveillance, eluded capture and are now ready to strike at airports and tourist attractions have prompted the State Department to ready a highly unusual travel advisory for Europe, multiple law enforcement and intelligence sources tell ABC News…

According to ABC News sources, the terror plotters have moved through the surveillance stage, checked back in with al Qaeda in Pakistan, and have received the go-ahead to strike…

Intensified drone strikes in Pakistan have been confirmed as in part aimed at paralyzing the attackers.

That’s from Saturday; the latest update says intel is worried about attacks in airport lobbies as well as the usual tourist destinations and cites the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. for evidence that “the plot’s leaders have been identified and targeted.” Maybe so, but that’s a cold comfort if the cell is already positioned in Europe and ready to go. In fact, after reading about this story for a week, I’m more confused than ever as to where the operatives are supposed to be hiding out right now. The Daily Mail reported last week that they were thought to be in North Waziristan, where one of the British suspects in the plot had already been killed in a drone strike. Obviously that’s not true, though, if there’s reason to believe that attacks on European targets are imminent. It sounds like the drone strikes are aimed at the masterminds who are coordinating things from Pakistan whereas the actual operatives are already long gone and in place in Britain, Germany, France, etc.

If so, a question: How did they manage to avoid being captured by counterterror agents? Western intel has reportedly known about this plot since early July, when they picked up a German jihadi and took him to Bagram for questioning. Allegedly he’s been feeding them new information about the plot on a daily basis — which is itself suspicious:

Sidiqi has been fully cooperating with American authorities, German intelligence sources say. Every day, they say, information emerges from Sidiqi that provides a “new piece to the puzzle.” German authorities expect to be given access to Sidiqi in the next few days, according to the sources, and until they do so will not be able to verify his claims.

Sidiqui’s from Hamburg, was recruited at the same since-shuttered jihadi mosque at which Mohammed Atta prayed, and traveled last year with a group of other German fundies to Afghanistan, where most of them joined the fight against U.S. troops. (Per the last link, CNN claims 45 or so jihadis operate openly in Hamburg recruiting warriors for the cause while several hundred Muslim fundamentalists who live in the city are thought to have “violent tendencies.”) If he’s been in custody for three months, though, how can it be that he’s still rolling out details of the plot that are current and useful? Wouldn’t the terror cell have altered its plans once he went missing, on the assumption that he was spilling his guts? And at the very least, wouldn’t he have divulged some of their names fairly early on? Assuming he did, it’s amazing that they’ve managed to avoid detection this long. Presumably there’s been a manhunt on inside Europe for weeks, and yet here we are being told that they’re ready to strike.

One possibility: What if Sidiqui’s just jerking them around, blowing smoke about a Mumbai-style mega-plot — replete with Osama Bin Laden’s blessing — to throw them off the trail of whatever’s really being planned? There’s corroborating evidence that something’s up (ABC notes the spike in terrorist “chatter” lately), but the fact that the chief countermeasure thus far appears to be bombing the hell out of terror hideouts in Waziristan suggests that they still might not be entirely sure who they’re looking for. In fact, here’s a little breaking news from Bill Roggio:

US Predators struck a mosque in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, killing eight Germans according, to reports from the region.

Unmanned US Predator strike aircraft, or the more deadly Reapers, fired two missiles at a mosque in Mir Ali, the second largest town in North Waziristan. Pakistani intelligence officials said that eight German nationals were killed in the airstrike, Reuters reported…

Eight Germans and two Britons were reported killed in the Sept. 8 Predator strike in Datta Khel. An Islamic Jihad Group commander known as Qureshi was also reported killed in the attack. Qureshi specialized in training Germans to conduct attacks in their home country.

So that’s 16 German jihadis liquidated in less than a month — and yet, per ABC, intelligence is still worried that some sort of German cell is in place in Europe and prepared to start shooting. Very curious. Also curious: European officials insist that an attack isn’t imminent and are “irritated” with the U.S. for leaking info about the plot before they could gather more intel about it. Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?


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Useless warning is useless. Avertissement inutile est inutile, ou quelquechose.

Apologetic California on October 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Gee, the “politics of fear” just before an election… hmm, sound familiar? The roar of silence from the lamestream media is deafening.

princetrumpet on October 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

This is a complete cluster.

Why was this intel released? Not like you can do a damn thing with the information.

Was it just a CYA, in case something happened?

Because it’s useless.

Just another idiotic decision out of the Obama “administration”.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?

Does this help the Democratic Party? That’s what decides policy in this administration.

Buy Danish on October 4, 2010 at 4:24 PM

We were stationed in Europe for 4 years and recieved a lot of “terrorism” training even as family members. I have friends who are stationed over there and I hope and pray that they are safe and that nothing happens.

We had an opportunity to become friends with some of our neighbors and others in the town we lived in due to no base housing so I can honestly say that it is not the “host nation” locals I ever worried about. Then again that was 1996. Things have changed.

milwife88 on October 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM

If he’s been in custody for three months, though, how can it be

Must be three months of extensive pussyfooting around. Good thing there isn’t a viable, imminent threat.

fourdeucer on October 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Buy Danish on October 4, 2010 at 4:24 PM

It’s not a Magic 8 Ball?

How ’bout a Ouji Board?

Those are both alternatives preferable to what we have now.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

It’s only about 100,000,000 or so Muslims that are committed to the destruction of Western Civilization.

The rest are fine, and make great neighbors.

Akzed on October 4, 2010 at 4:27 PM

U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

One point – after the embassy bombings in the ’90′s the Feds promised that they would not give warnings to American diplomats without also giving them to Americans – the dips had been given warnings that something was up in Africa prior to the bombings, but no public announcement was made.

We are doing this again – as opposed to vague advice given to tourists, I would be willing to bet that American diplomats have been given very specific instructions (i.e. orders) to avoid crowded places and historic sights in specific European cities and countries, as well as other specific pieces of information. Hopefully nothing will happen, but if it does, I think that there will be an accounting of the warnings the State Department gave its own employees, vs. the warnings it gave to the hoi polloi.

Realist on October 4, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Terror alerts on U.S. bases in Europe have been occurring for a while. We were stationed in Germany from 1997-2000 (pre-9/11). OPSEC was drilled into us. We dealt with the threat level color wheel ALL. THE. TIME. That said, with this much chatter, I wouldn’t want to be sightseeing or flying in/out of Europe now.

Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?

As far as talking points go, they aren’t on the same page. Behind the scenes? Let’s hope so.

conservative pilgrim on October 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Looks like it’s time for another Imam Rauf “Goodwill Tour”.///

kingsjester on October 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Was it just a CYA, in case something happened?

Because it’s useless.

Just another idiotic decision out of the Obama “administration”.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I almost choked on my haggis this morning when I heard old warhorse Charles Osgood on C-BS Radio “news” admit this very thing-he even used the “CYA” description.

Speaking of C-BS “News”, congrats to their esteemed DC correspondent Howard Arenstein, who was caught the other day growing material to make funny cigarettes. Bob Marley would be proud of him.

Del Dolemonte on October 4, 2010 at 4:30 PM

conservative pilgrim on October 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM

It’s not stopping me. Went to Oktoberfest last weekend.

Going to Verdun this weekend.

The Moslems can go hang.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I have two sets of friends who are setting off for Europe this week, one a honeymoon couple. I really don’t like this, but I hope the extra vigilance being exercised by the governments, citizens and tourists will help prevent anything from happening.

juliesa on October 4, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 4, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Exactly, I’m thinking the Obama “administration” compromised the intel in order to have an excuse in case anything happens.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

European officials insist that an attack isn’t imminent and are “irritated” with the U.S. for leaking info about the plot before they could gather more intel about it.

That’s would be diplomatic Obama foreign negotiations at work. His administration gushes like BP.

maverick muse on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I wonder if the Germans would roll over the way the Spanish did after they were attacked.

I don’t know nearly enough about the sentiments of the people in any given European country to be able to make that judgement call, but, there has to be at least one country in Europe with some fight left in them, right?

It seems that at some point, the terrorists are going to mess with the wrong country (that isn’t the U.S.) and awaken another sleeping giant. Or is all of Europe so complacent now that they won’t fight even when attacked?

JadeNYU on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

If so, a question: How did they manage to avoid being captured by counterterror agents?

Saying Racism is different in other countries and people are worse that the U.S. concerning Remorse.

Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?

No.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

They’ve been predicitng a terror attack the week of October 4th for a long time. I assuming this is CYA and they’ve disrupted it, know they’ve disrupted it but just in case.

ORconservative on October 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

“How did they manage to avoid being captured by counterterror agents?”

All of our counterterror agents have hired counsel and are awaiting subpoenas from Eric Holder and Imam Obowma…

Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

CRAP ALLAH this is why I read hotair

The lady gaga posts are fun, and Ed is spot in with fairness and detail all things political, but seriously brother (sister??) you know your #%^+

A couple points/questions:

they were thought to be in North Waziristan

1. Isn’t everyone? Arent the last credible sighting of bin laden from there? Isn’t that where bin laden and al zawawawawaaa cross into Pakistan back in 2002 even? Can we not just blow up we lots of places there? Pakistan doesn’t even recognize it as part of their country anymore…

45 or so jihadis operate openly in Hamburg recruiting warriors for the cause

2. Fun fact. More than half of all births in metro Berlin last year were Muslim. Mark Steyn was right; the Dhinmitude is Already permanent in Europe

3. Per your “what if this is a ruse” bit… Surely we aren’t that smart in that we are releasing this as a ruse to them? That the bin laden thing is a lie WE made up, to see who the real jihadis call/where they go?

4. What kind of border-to-border security measures exist in Europe? When I went there in the early 90s (uk, later switzerland, Italy), it was pretty simple but I hear it’s like a US state border crossing now, ie no stopping at all??????

5. Did no one check the calendar? Islamic, European elections, maybe even us elections??? From Madrid being exactly 6 months + a few years after 9/11, to the London bombings being the day of the olympics parties, to even osamas red state blue state speech , the jihadis time things with larger events. Is anything going on in Europe ??? Geert winders is on trial for hate speech. Anything else???

6. Obligatory–When this happened under bush, in 2006 and 2007, olbermann actually went on tv and said it wasn’t credible “, said it was false flag or whatever. Actually said it was all a hoax. Try to picture that now, or try to picture hannity or rush saying this is all a lie right now

picklesgap on October 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM

So that’s 16 German jihadis liquidated in less than a month

obama appeases the terrorists again.

sesquipedalian on October 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM

When we lived in Singapore we were told not to travel to certain country’s all the time. We were always aware of the dangers and tried to be as careful as possible

Cookies Mom on October 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I question the timing.

booter on October 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

JadeNYU on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

German opinion is turning against the Muslims. They are seen as being more trouble than they are worth.

Of course they have the same problem we have, they are ruled by elites.

The notion that Europeans will surrender to the Muslims without a fight is nonsense. Put their backs up to the wall and they will fight and use every means necessary to win.

Remember, most of the people here were born after WWII. People here are proud to be German. It’s not the 60s any longer.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Also, watch your back if you’re at a liberal rally and have a camera.

Merovign on October 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM

What kind of border-to-border security measures exist in Europe?

None, it’s like state to state. You cross a bridge and there is a sign that says “France”. That’s it.

Even out of the euro zone there’s nothing, we drove straight into the Czech Republic, no problem.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Funny that the terrorists would want to attack in Gun-free zones, don’t they know that’s against the rules?

Chip on October 4, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Even out of the euro zone there’s nothing, we drove straight into the Czech Republic, no problem.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:44 PM

It depends on which country though. Driving from Germany into Switzerland and into Italy, you will be stopped in Switzerland and asked where you are going. They are not happy with their booming muslim/turkish population at the moment.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 4:47 PM

But…but…Obama said if we voted for him the world will love us and there would be free skittles for all and the oceans would recede and global temp would come down, and the Muslim will lie down with the lamb or something, etc. Don’t these people understand? Obama is here!

Guardian on October 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Haven’t been to Switzerland.

I’m in a fairly rural part of Germany so I haven’t seen much evidence of Muslims here.

Saw many in Munich though.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

It seems that at some point, the terrorists are going to mess with the wrong country (that isn’t the U.S.) and awaken another sleeping giant. Or is all of Europe so complacent now that they won’t fight even when attacked?

JadeNYU on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Wrong Country: Israel (I know it is Europe, but hey. It is what it is.)

Sleeping Giant: God

samuelrylander on October 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

obama appeases the terrorists again.
sesquipedalian on October 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM

You didn’t get the memo from MorOn.org, PBHO is only creating more terrorists.

Bishop on October 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Watch out on 10-10-10.

carbon_footprint on October 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

My husbasnd and I got back yesterday from our trip to London, Paris and Rome and we didn’t endure any unusual screening at the train stations and airports… we sailed right through even at Heathrow…

Never ever fly Virgin Atlantic it was the most miserable experience of the trip.

Europe is sad I was very disappointed in the amount of people and epecailly foreigners there are there and they don’t assimilate. One Londoner was telling us he wants out now. He said the immigrants come with an entitlement mentality the immigrants especaily from the middle east and Africa are overrunning the place. He said, “they have left their sh*thole, come to Europe and are turning it into a sh*thole”… I might go back to vist Spain and Germany but lets just say not really chomping at the bit to do so… We need to really control our immigrtion guys if we don’t stop the Democrats now we are going to end up looking as bad as Europe and our standard of living will decrease as our taxes increase to pay for all these people… Now to end it on a more positive note… the museums, churches and architecture are beautiful and we enjoyed the food, in Paris especially… Have to give our livers a one month rest though!

CCRWM on October 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Watch out on 10-10-10.

carbon_footprint on October 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

for red buttons and exploding children?

samuelrylander on October 4, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Apparently the Europeans aren’t able to “absorb” terrorist attacks as well as we are…

/sarc

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2010 at 4:57 PM

The Germans are more skeptical than state.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:59 PM

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Have a great time!

katy the mean old lady on October 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Saw many in Munich though.
NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

It was a while ago but I remember visiting the Little Turkey(?) section of Munich and enjoying some seriously good chow. All sorts of kebabs, sucuk, baklava and enough Turkish coffee to float a barge; ate like a king for next to nothing.

Bishop on October 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I wonder if the Germans would roll over the way the Spanish did after they were attacked.

I don’t know nearly enough about the sentiments of the people in any given European country to be able to make that judgement call, but, there has to be at least one country in Europe with some fight left in them, right?

It seems that at some point, the terrorists are going to mess with the wrong country (that isn’t the U.S.) and awaken another sleeping giant. Or is all of Europe so complacent now that they won’t fight even when attacked?

JadeNYU on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Well I don’t think Spain is a good barometer really because the tenuous connection between people being murdered in Spain and Spanish troops heading off to Asia – which is thousands of miles away – to fight is oblique and demoralising.

No matter what happens in Asia there would still be jihadis in Europe and no amount of speechifying about creating democratic insitutions in the ME, draining the swamp etc. is going to change that fact. There’s a swamp at home that needs to be drained. Swamp-draining, like charity, begins at home.

So the healthiest countries in Europe are the ones making some attempt (however slight) to address the real problem and right now that is Holland, Denmark and Italy. The intellectual climate in Germany is very slowly changing for the better. The biggest political blog in Germany (and Europe) is a German-language blog called Politically Incorrect where these matters are discussed candidly.

As for rolling over and surrendering, that is the position that the UK is seemingly in now. But you never know when things could change. In Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol Scrooge asks the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come “Are these the shadows of things that must be, or are they the shadows of things that MIGHT be?”

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

My daughter is currently living in Kas Turkey. Good thing it isn’t Europe or I would be worried.

As it is, I’m only terrified.

Lily on October 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Bishop on October 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I love the Donor sandwiches and you’re right, you can eat cheap at those places and they have the best fries too.

Turks aren’t known for the suicide bombing stuff as far as I know, so hopefully that holds out.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

When the elites are truly threatened, things will change and quickly.

Their elites are like our elites. They love themselves some them.

They start thinking their precious little hides might be threatened and their pacifist ideals will go straight out the window. They will use every weapon at their disposal.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I’m heading over to a couple of those Socialist hell holes in a couple weeks.
I am PRAYING that I get the chance to kill just ONE cowardly terrorist and save a few lives while I’m at it.

BRING IT COWARDS OF ISLAM!!!

KMC1 on October 4, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Driving from Germany into Switzerland and into Italy, you will be stopped in Switzerland and asked where you are going.

Switzerland, like Norway, is outside the European Union.

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Haven’t been to Switzerland.

I’m in a fairly rural part of Germany so I haven’t seen much evidence of Muslims here.

Saw many in Munich though.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

When I went to Germany over 3 yrs ago.. I went all over. But the one thing that got me was the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war. I was in Berlin, the Polizei were all over, it was a Saturday, it was a million muslim march, I was wearing American clothing and was spit on by man and women, young and old. The U.S. Embassy was closed and if anything really bad had happened I was screwed. The police kept people at bay… but I was scared.
Berlin, Munich and Nuremburg had quite a bit os turkish and iranian muslims from what I could see. But that march in Berlin will always bother me.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Switzerland, like Norway, is outside the European Union.

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

But you still have to drive through it to get to Italy.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

That’s what happens when your government disarms you.

Let’s see them try that crap here, and we’ll see how many 230 grain hollowpoints hit ‘em before their dead carcass hits the ground.

KMC1 on October 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

I monitor alerts for demonstrations. There was one in Stuttgart last weekend, over 10,000 people protesting about plans to build a new train station, of all things. It got violent.

If nothing else, they can make traffic a nightmare.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

The blowback from any further Islamic terrorist attacks should scourge the roots of the Muslim Jihad right down the Ummah’s Sharia-endorsing moneymen.

Hit squads for terror backers.

Without any fear of God, they will continue to prod us.

Waziristan’s “tribal region” should be cleaned out, using up to neutron bombs.

And begin deportations of all Jihad promoters in the West back to a Sharia state.

And then obliteration of them, there, if they continue causing trouble.

We obviously have not seriously and sufficiently crushed this mass-murdering Mohammedan movement.

And, until we do, it will be strengthened by every sign of our weakness.

profitsbeard on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I monitor alerts for demonstrations. There was one in Stuttgart last weekend, over 10,000 people protesting about plans to build a new train station, of all things. It got violent.

If nothing else, they can make traffic a nightmare.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

So, you at least have an idea of what I saw. But was it Germans? Or others? Because these were ALL muslims.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

This is terrible. The closer the elections get the greater the danger so perhaps zero will call off the elections as the polling places will be very unsafe for republicans. Oh thank goodness we have zero to protect us.

dragondrop on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

But you still have to drive through it to get to Italy.

Yep I just meant that if you get stopped at the Swiss border, that’s why.

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Flying through Amsterdam in a few days with a few hours of layover. I guess I need to wear my ‘Al-Qaeda can Kiss my Hairy Arse’ T-Shirt I wore on the Tube 7 weeks after they blew that up 5 years ago. If I did this time, two things would be certain:

1) Wherever I decided to sit, I’d have plenty of room to stretch out.
2) If there were any terrorists on the airplane, they’d be easy to locate; all gathered arounnd the stout fellow in the blue shirt.

Seriously, why does this stuff always seem to happen during my charity trips to Africa?

michaelo on October 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

These were Germans, mainly students. Stuttgart is a big university town.

I pity anyone who stumbles into a mass Muslim march. I am surprised you didn’t smell trouble coming, because um, they don’t wash all that often.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Yep I just meant that if you get stopped at the Swiss border, that’s why.

aengus on October 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Gotcha.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

High evidence thresholds under the German legal system have made it very difficult for authorities to make arrests. In addition to those actively supporting al Qaeda. another 200 Islamists living in the city are described as having “violent tendencies.”

kingsjester on October 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

CRAP ALLAH this is why I read hotair

The lady gaga posts are fun, and Ed is spot in with fairness and detail all things political, but seriously brother (sister??) you know your #%^+

Hmmmm, you may be on to something here. After all, what better virtual persona for an anonymous female blogger than that of a beta male? There’s no need to alter her style when she writes, since no one will know the difference:)

RINO in Name Only on October 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I pity anyone who stumbles into a mass Muslim march. I am surprised you didn’t smell trouble coming, because um, they don’t wash all that often.

NoDonkey on October 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

It was COLD, end of March, I was freezing due to the sleet and rain and we were just up there for a weekend, and it was very windy.

When we saw them, I couldn’t smell because I had a cold and it wasn’t warm enough for them to sweat a bunch. But you could hear them block and block away. They were on Karl-Marz Allee when we left, and we were by the Musuems and could still hear them.

upinak on October 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

By the way, has anybody noticed that the new PC word for these terrorists is “militant”?

kingsjester on October 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

By the way, has anybody noticed that the new PC word for these terrorists is “militant”?

kingsjester on October 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

They started using the “Militant” word to describe the bad guys in Iraq after Chimpy invaded, as I recall.

But the aversion to the “T” word goes back further-the NY Times stopped using the word “terrorists” in the 1990s, and after the 9/11 attacks, Reuters refused to use the T-word to describe the perps.

Del Dolemonte on October 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I question the timing.

booter on October 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

ditto

CWforFreedom on October 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?

2 thoughts. Dems could prosper from this, and Obama gets to stand with his muslim brothers, by giving out info they’re onto the imminent attack?

Why would the current admin give a hoot about Europe? Have they in the past? Giving back the bust of Churchill was just the beginning. If we didn’t see what was coming from that…then we’re just refusing to see it.

No doubts, that if an attack comes, elections will be cancelled.

capejasmine on October 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

How long till London/Paris and the rest complain that the US made unsubstantiated claims and it is hurting their economy? Just seem video of a guy saying he was going to avoid the cities where there is a threat.

WoosterOh on October 4, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Also curious: European officials insist that an attack isn’t imminent and are “irritated” with the U.S. for leaking info about the plot before they could gather more intel about it. Ominous exit question: Are we sure everyone’s on the same page here?

Being in Germany at the moment, I can confirm that most train stations are heavily stacked with police forces. Also, those police officers are probing anyone who looks remotely, uhm, Mediterranean. Saw it today multiple times.

Niko on October 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Could it be the Europeans deny themselves access to the same data that they deny to us? Where just because they have some sources in the ‘stans that identify europeans, they actually don’t know enough to track those traveling under false or misleading identities?

http://volokh.com/2010/09/29/europes-antiterror-message-to-us-sure-sucks-to-be-you/

aritai on October 4, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Being in Germany at the moment, I can confirm that most train stations are heavily stacked with police forces. Also, those police officers are probing anyone who looks remotely, uhm, Mediterranean. Saw it today multiple times.

Niko on October 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM

oh my my my! Are you telling me that European police are profiling? Are you hinting that the political correctness that leads US authorities to probe three blue-haired little old ladies for every ‘Mediterranean-looking’ person is strictly an American obsession?

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Odd that Fox News listed several of the countries that this terrorists are from, but not the one thing that they all have in common, they are all Celtic Dancers Muzzies, now how about connecting some of the damn dots there Fox, just for the Dhimmis out there.

rgranger on October 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM

So Obama makes some gratuitous statements about how America can absorb another terrorist attack, gets heat from the media and now we have terrorist alerts and drone attacks left and, well right and it’s not a coincidence?

chickasaw42 on October 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

A lot of Americans appear to forget that we in the UK have 40 years of counter terrorist experience – civilians were being blown to bits by the IRA for many years before AQ arrived on the scene. Now, as well as AQ there is a revival of IRA activity from elements opposed to McGuinness and co. However nobody alters their pattern of behaviour because of such threats because it is exactly what AQ and dissident IRA want…it gives them oxygen. Frankly US visitors to Europe should ignore the State Dept warnings – Chicago, Detroit etc are far more dangerous. Posts like AP’s merely big these characters up..

callingallcomets on October 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I doubt this is pure conjecture from multiple governments. Remember, the suicide attack on Khost was predicated on our drone attacks.

According to ABC News sources, the terror plotters have moved through the surveillance stage, checked back in with al Qaeda in Pakistan, and have received the go-ahead to strike…

Why haven’t they grabbed anyone yet? Are they waiting for a bigger fish to appear in the pond? I’d say screw and just dismantle the cell(s) involved. Don’t risk any lives. We can get the top dogs latter on.

Also, having been in England over the summer, I doubt any crazy jihadis will get any far with the incessant surveillance of the CCTVs.

Cr4sh Dummy on October 4, 2010 at 11:03 PM

A lot of Americans appear to forget that we in the UK have 40 years of counter terrorist experience – civilians were being blown to bits by the IRA for many years before AQ arrived on the scene. Now, as well as AQ there is a revival of IRA activity from elements opposed to McGuinness and co. However nobody alters their pattern of behaviour because of such threats because it is exactly what AQ and dissident IRA want…it gives them oxygen. Frankly US visitors to Europe should ignore the State Dept warnings – Chicago, Detroit etc are far more dangerous. Posts like AP’s merely big these characters up..

callingallcomets on October 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I agree mostly. Most Americans invariably go to all the tourist attractions, which probably won’t get hit because that’s where the emphasis has been for security.

If anything, they target the transit system again (the tube, buses) like in 05, and some Americans use it (like I did when I was over there).

Cr4sh Dummy on October 4, 2010 at 11:06 PM

IF it’s still coming, it’s coming on the tenth.

10-10-10 it’s a terrorist’s wet dream for branding.

Jason Coleman on October 5, 2010 at 12:09 AM

A lot of Americans appear to forget that we in the UK have 40 years of counter terrorist experience – civilians were being blown to bits by the IRA for many years before AQ arrived on the scene. Now, as well as AQ there is a revival of IRA activity from elements opposed to McGuinness and co. However nobody alters their pattern of behaviour because of such threats because it is exactly what AQ and dissident IRA want…it gives them oxygen. Frankly US visitors to Europe should ignore the State Dept warnings – Chicago, Detroit etc are far more dangerous. Posts like AP’s merely big these characters up..

callingallcomets on October 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Tell that to the United States Marines. One of the reasons it was “made”.

upinak on October 5, 2010 at 12:23 AM