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    Thumbs up British Police Thwart "Massive Terrorist Plot"

    British Police Thwart Aircraft Bomb Plot
    Aug 10, 4:50 AM (ET)

    By DANICA KIRKA


    LONDON (AP) - British authorities thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up several aircraft mid-flight between the United States and Britain using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, officials said Thursday.

    Britain's Home Secretary John Reid said the alleged plot was "significant" and that terrorists aimed to "bring down a number of aircraft through mid-flight explosions, causing a considerable loss of life."

    Police arrested a number of people overnight in London after a major covert counterterrorism operation that had lasted several months, but did not immediately say how many.

    The U.S. government responded by raising its threat assessment to the highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States early Thursday.


    "We believe that these arrests (in London) have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted," said U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

    Chertoff added in the statement there was no indication of current plots within the U.S.

    Britain's national threat level was also raised to critical - a warning level that indicates the likelihood of an imminent terrorist attack. The threat rating was posted on the Web site of Britain's MI5 - the British domestic spy agency.

    London's Heathrow airport was closed to most European flights Thursday morning following a heightened terrorist alert, officials said.

    The closure on incoming traffic applied to flights of three hours or less, affecting most of the incoming flights from Europe, an airport spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with airport policy.



    Prime Minister Tony Blair, vacationing in the Caribbean, had briefed President Bush on the situation overnight, Blair's office said.

    The British Department of Transport advised all passengers that they would not be permitted to carry any hand baggage on board any aircraft departing from any airport in the country. Passengers faced delays as tighter security was hastily enforced at the country's airports and additional measures were put in place for all flights.

    British Airways said some flights were likely to be canceled. Laptop computers, mobile phones, iPods, and remote controls were among items banned from being carried on its planes.

    "I'm terrified really, I'm really scared," said Sarah Challiner, 20, who was waiting to board a flight from Manchester's airport.

    Hannah Pillinger, 24, seemed less concerned by the announcement. "Eight hours without an iPod, that's the most inconvenient thing," she said, waiting at the Manchester airport.

    London's Heathrow airport was the departure point for a devastating terrorist attack on a Pan Am airplane on Dec. 21, 1988. The blast over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed all 259 people aboard Pan Am Flight 103 and 11 people on the ground.

    The explosive was hidden in a portable radio which was hidden in checked baggage.

    A Scottish court convicted Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi of the bombing in 2001 and sentenced him to life imprisonment. A second Libyan was acquitted.

    In 2003, Libya officially accepted responsibility for the attack and agreed to pay relatives of each bombing victim at least $5 million.

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    Don Corleone posted an interesting article on this too, well worth a read.

    These are frightneing times we live in. Anyone who aims to take lives that way is su-human....
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    Dragonshit.....

    This is all bullshit to reinforce the myth that Holy Joe getting his ass handed to him was "bad for America".

    Yep, time to bring back the fear mongering......
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    Originally posted by Satan
    Dragonshit.....

    This is all bullshit to reinforce the myth that Holy Joe getting his ass handed to him was "bad for America".

    Yep, time to bring back the fear mongering......
    You prove your blind, raging idiocy once again.

    Yeah, I'll bet Scotland Yard and all of the other British Police departments have an axe to grind because Joe Lieberman lost.


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    Wink

    Level RED for all flights coming from the UK.


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    If they were dumb enough to try that for Lieberman, smart money says it would have been done BEFORE the election.
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    Only flights in the air will be allowed to land.

    Heathrow is essentially closed.....

    Wonder if Blair will come back from his holidays?

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    400,000 people in Europe will be affected just today. I had no idea that they needed to send a message about Lieberman so badly.

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    Originally posted by diamondD
    400,000 people in Europe will be affected just today. I had no idea that they needed to send a message about Lieberman so badly.
    LMAO...

    FORD, why do you keep going off your meds? They are good for you.
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    Originally posted by binnie
    Only flights in the air will be allowed to land.

    Heathrow is essentially closed.....

    Wonder if Blair will come back from his holidays?
    Nope, but he has made a statement. Unfortunately we've got Prescot running the country at the minute.... Great, old Two Jags is in charge!!!!!

    On a more serious note it's been claimed that the plan was to blow upwards of 10 planes up using liquid explosive over the course of a few days.
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    They have now arrested 21 people in connection with this - lets just hope its not another Forrestgate incident....

    It's a frightening world: terrorists only have to be lucky once, the security services have to be lucky every time....

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    Still say this smells fishier than Maggie Thatcher's cunt......




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    That's because you believe the US Government would murder 3,000 of it's own citizens...
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    Originally posted by ELVIS
    That's because you believe the US Government would murder 3,000 of it's own citizens...
    Mr. Presley, I have witnessed many governments do as bad or worse throughout the millenia of mortal history. And the subjects of the kingdoms never believe their so called leaders are capable, usually until it's much too late.

    If you can find some Germans who were alive in the 1930's, just ask them.

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    You also think this was done because of Lieberman, Scratch.

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    Originally posted by diamondD
    You also think this was done because of Lieberman, Scratch.
    And Lieberman claims it was done because of Lamont....

    "If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again."

    But, on the other horn, right winger Peter King of New York tells a different story on today's edition of Hardball (MSRNC)....

    "This thing has been known about for a few weeks now. It wasn't until today that they decided to act on it."

    - so as I said, this was a BCE move to get the buzz of the Lieberman defeat (and it's implications for his fellow warmongers) off the front page.
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    I'm so sick of these arab ruining it for all of us...

    no more music in the plane, no more computers, soon we will be force to travel naked!
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    Originally posted by Satan
    And Lieberman claims it was done because of Lamont....

    "If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again."

    But, on the other horn, right winger Peter King of New York tells a different story on today's edition of Hardball (MSRNC)....

    "This thing has been known about for a few weeks now. It wasn't until today that they decided to act on it."

    - so as I said, this was a BCE move to get the buzz of the Lieberman defeat (and it's implications for his fellow warmongers) off the front page.

    LOL You'll piece anything together won't you?

    I still say you are a BCE operative sent her to make liberals look looney.

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    Originally posted by diamondD
    I still say you are a BCE operative sent her to make liberals look looney.
    Now that's an interesting theory. FORD, I know you can't comment on this allegation publicly so don't worry, I won't ask if it's true.

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    Originally posted by franksters
    I'm so sick of these arab ruining it for all of us...

    no more music in the plane, no more computers, soon we will be force to travel naked!
    This better be just a short term thing or the terrorists win.

    On a lot of the flights I'm on every second person has a laptop because they are business people. Having to put your laptop in the hold will be a fucking nightmare, holding you up at the other end and god knows how many will get bust by baggage staff.

    Also they are banning books at the moment. You can't even read on the fucking flight? Plus all of this will apply the minute you check in so if your flight is delayed for hours you're sitting there bored out your mind.

    This sucks. The international airline security committee meet tomorrow so hopefully they'll come up with some sane guidelines. I can live with the no liquids thing but this other shit has to end.

    They should forget the PC shit and start profiling like fuck. What is the point in the US security checking 1 in 10 people at random? Are they still doing that? So if you are a terrorist you have a 90% chance of getting through? Whats the point? Go for the arab/muslim types aged 18 to 45 travelling without a family.

    Harsh but there you go...

    Cheers!

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    As we speak in Canada, they did it, no more liquid, blackberry, cell phone, make-up, mp3,ect...

    They make me fuckin sick! that's how they will win those bastard
    (ISLAMIC RETARDS) I say it (ISLAMIC MUSLIM FUCKIN RETARDS)

    because it's THEIR fault that everything is fucked, c'mon these people are centuries behind everyone else...

    for sure we are the devil...

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    If they want to be fucking medieval then they shouldn't be on fucking planes.

    Of course the problem is who is 'they'. 99.999% of them are fine, dumb superstition but thats not unusual in people.

    I'm flying on Monday and Tuesday, can't say I'm looking forward to it.

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    I said it before and i'll say it again,

    let's blow up the whole fuckin middle east!

    that's what we need to do! fuck them!

    i'm sick of them trying to impose on us all kindz of fuckin crap...

    hijab, pray room in school, their fuckin retard outfits, fuck off!!!

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    I know what you mean about 99% of them, but I don't buy it anymore...

    when they're alone they're fine, gr8 individuals...

    but when there in power ...... watch out!!!

    all the problems right now in the WORLD involve MUSLIMS

    HELLO??? ANYBODY HOME....

    Now they even started protesting here in montreal... for CHRIST SAKE!!!

    I don't want this shit HERE!

    If you don't like the way we live you are welcome to get the fuck out and STAY OUT!

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    We don't need to blow it up just fucking ignore it. Keep away from the crazy folk. Stop sticking our noses in, stop supporting Israel and Saudi Arabia, just announce game over. Fuck it. Get on with it, it is no longer anything to do with us.

    Thats what would have happened if democracy worked. It's the 'special interest groups', big oil and big business having too much influence with politicians meaning that they don't act in the interests of the vast majority of the people.

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    Originally posted by Seshmeister
    We don't need to blow it up just fucking ignore it. Keep away from the crazy folk. Stop sticking our noses in, stop supporting Israel and Saudi Arabia, just announce game over. Fuck it. Get on with it, it is no longer anything to do with us.
    That's one option.



    It's not the only option.
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    In the last 3 years I've been on maybe 250 flights. So many that some of the security guys at the big international airport say hello and know me.

    This may sound dumb but I would rather take my chances with the odd plane being blown up and a one in 10 000 chance of me being on one than this new security misery.

    In 2001 in the US 20 times as many people died on the roads than on 9-11.

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    Originally posted by Dr. Love
    That's one option.



    It's not the only option.

    There are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world. Ignoring the insanity of it I think nuking the Middle East would create a million terrorists. It would be like trying to shoot bees with a glock.

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    Originally posted by franksters
    If you don't like the way we live you are welcome to get the fuck out and STAY OUT!
    Of course this is the gut instinct of anyone from a country like Canada, Australia, the US or UK.

    Unfortunately these nuts don't see it that way. They are often second generation and don't seem to know why their parents emigrated in the first place. They don't know what shitholes of poverty their parents grew up in and how lucky they are. Just the same way we are lucky we weren't born in shitholes.

    The hardcore nutcase version of Islam doesn't recognise countries or borders at all so that's their justification for sitting on welfare plotting on how to attack their own country which to anyone with a semblence of logic can see is fucked up. Of coruse the minute religion comes into any mindset logic goes out the fucking window.

    It's a tiny minority though. The majority will be sympathetic towards Palestine but it's a hell of jump from that to blowing yourself up.

    I think it's going to turn out that the vast majority of scum involved in this plot are going to hold British passports which is just fucked up.
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    Originally posted by Seshmeister


    Also they are banning books at the moment. You can't even read on the fucking flight? Plus all of this will apply the minute you check in so if your flight is delayed for hours you're sitting there bored out your mind.
    Now what happens if you buy a book in one of those airport bookstores?
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    Originally posted by Ally_Kat
    Now what happens if you buy a book in one of those airport bookstores?
    You can read it but you can't take it on the plane so you better be a speed reader. Shares in the airport bookstores here(WH Smith) have taken a big hit already.

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    I'm actually flying to Belfast next week which is probably just about the safest flight you can take because they've had insane security for 30 years now.

    It's the pain in the ass inconvenience I'm pissed off about not the danger which is tiny.

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    Originally posted by BigBadBrian (R -Dishonest)
    Level RED for all flights coming from the UK.

    You seem rather excited about this.

    I call bulshit on this story just like the one from Florida a few weeks back.
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    We'll see soon enough if these people get charged.

    There have been a few intel fuckups recently so everyone is getting a bit cynical over here.

    The police seem very confident this time...

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    Bush seeks political gains from foiled plot

    by Olivier KnoxThu Aug 10, 2:53 PM ET

    US President George W. Bush seized on a foiled London airline bomb plot to hammer unnamed critics he accused of having all but forgotten the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Weighed down by the unpopular war in Iraq, Bush and his aides have tried to shift the national political debate from that conflict to the broader and more popular global war on terrorism ahead of November 7 congressional elections.

    The London conspiracy is "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation," the president said on a day trip to Wisconsin.

    "It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America," he said. "We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously we still aren't completely safe."

    His remarks came a day after the White House orchestrated an exceptionally aggressive campaign to tar opposition Democrats as weak on terrorism, knowing what Democrats didn't: News of the plot could soon break.

    Vice President Dick Cheney and White House spokesman Tony Snow had argued that Democrats wanted to raise what Snow called "a white flag in the war on terror," citing as evidence the defeat of a three-term Democratic senator who backed the Iraq war in his effort to win renomination.

    But Bush aides on Thursday fought the notion that they had exploited their knowledge of the coming British raid to hit Democrats, saying the trigger had been the defeat of Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut by an anti-war political novice.

    "The comments were purely and simply a reaction" to Democratic voters who "removed a pro-defense Senator and sent the message that the party would not tolerate candidates with such views," said Snow.

    The public relations offensive "was not done in anticipation. It was not said with the knowledge that this was coming," the spokesman said.

    Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot on Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    But a senior White House official said that the British government had not launched its raid until well after Cheney held a highly unusual conference call with reporters to attack the Democrats as weak against terrorism.

    An aide to Lieberman, who would have been one of the first Democrats to hear of the plot because he is the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the lawmaker first heard of it late Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Cheney had suggested that Democrats believe "that somehow we can retreat behind our oceans and not be actively engaged in this conflict and be safe here at home, which clearly we know we won't, we can't, be," he said.

    While some Democrats have opposed some steps in the war on terrorism, and more and more are calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, no major figures in the party have called for a wholesale retreat in the broader conflict.

    But Bush's Republicans hoped the raid would yield political gains.

    "I'd rather be talking about this than all of the other things that Congress hasn't done well," one Republican congressional aide told AFP on condition of anonymity because of possible reprisals.

    "Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big," said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won't "look as appealing" under the circumstances.

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    So they knew about this last week, BUT wouldn't think of tying it to Lieberman's defeat??

    Yeah, and I have beachfront property at the Lake of Fire for sale

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    Originally posted by Seshmeister
    There are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world. Ignoring the insanity of it I think nuking the Middle East would create a million terrorists. It would be like trying to shoot bees with a glock.
    haha.

    I dunno, it worked against Japan and their suicide bombers. Took the fight right out of them.

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    Originally posted by Satan
    So they knew about this last week, BUT wouldn't think of tying it to Lieberman's defeat??

    Yeah, and I have beachfront property at the Lake of Fire for sale

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    Originally posted by Dr. Love
    haha.

    I dunno, it worked against Japan and their suicide bombers. Took the fight right out of them.
    And there wasn't anywhere near 1.3 billion Japanese either.

    Furthermore, the Japanese suicide bombers who hit Pearl Harbor were dead already, so they didn't give a shit. Well, at least not until I showed them movies of Hiroshima, that is....

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