"America is safer than it has been, yet it is not yet safe," Bush told reporters at the National Counterterrorism Center just outside Washington. "The enemy has got an advantage when it comes to attacking our homeland: they got to be right one time and we got to be right 100 percent of the time to protect the American people."And damn those terrorist plots, they seem to always get uncovered right around big elections and other times when the Bush Administration needs a pick-me-up.
The first hint that the plot, while real, might not have been quite as real as it was being advertised came Thursday night, when “TIME” magazine reported that the alleged airline liquid bomb plotters were arrested by the British only after American intelligence reported chatter among them.Awful convenient that the bust happened right after the controversial Connecticut primary especially since the British wanted to wait at least another week before making any arrests. Sure got Ned Lamont's name out of the news for a few days. I wonder what plot will be uncovered around the first week of November?
Then came the revelation that the British had the purported conspirators under surveillance for 13 months. Now we know, from senior members of British intelligence, that no attack was imminent, that those suspected had yet to buy airline tickets, and some of them didn‘t even has passports.
British intelligence wanted another week, wanted to capture the man who was hoping to make a dry run, as he dry ran. Our government insisted on immediate arrests, and proceeded, both before and after them, to make every imaginable piece of political out of them.