I know there is a lot of news out there to report, and much of it is linked in posts below, but there is also some ridiculous nutty stuff going around and when it reaches a certain level, it is hard to ignore it, so here goes.
In my original post on the UK terror plot story I wondered how long it would take until those on the loony left branded the entire story a Rovian conspiracy. Little did I know when I wrote it that it had already begun. Some predictions are just too easy.
Ace waded through the DU swamp to collect some examples.
As Dick Cheney, Ken Mehlman, and the Republican noise machine start to lash out at the al Qaeda sympathizers who voted for Ned Lamont, all the people standing in horrendous airport lines today and tossing their shampoo bottles away should remember that they owe their frustration–and their fear–to Cheney and his gang.
K-Lo has more from DU.
Mary Katharine Ham noted that the reporting of the foiled terrorist attacks is working as a buzz kill to quite a few Nedrenaline rushes. She found the following at AmericaBlog:
And isn’t it queer that the emergency is declared within a day of Republican party leader Ken Mehlman launching an all-out offensive against Democrats following Joe Lieberman’s loss in Connecticut, an offensive in which Mehlman, the White House and Republican operatives are claiming that Democrats no longer care about national security or the war on terror.
And just at that moment we get our FIRST ever red alert. Beam me up, Scotty.
Do I sound as if I don’t believe this alert? Why, yes, that would be correct. I just don’t believe it.
Noticeably absent from the discussions on the liberal blogs today is talk about the need to impeach Bush over his use of the NSA Surveillance Program or for his assault on civil liberties via the Patriot Act (they are now reduced to relying on the illegal war in Iraq and his inability to calm those vicious Jews in Israel instead). Clear Commentary has a post discussing revelations today that will make it difficult for Democrats (at least anytime soon) to criticize President Bush for supporting access to tools that could uncover terrorist plots before they can be executed.
Lost in the intense and breathtaking reporting concerning the averted terrorist airline attacks in Great Britain was a side bar report that the key intelligence that MI5 and Scotland Yard gleaned was from so-called ‘sneak and peak’ warrants.
These warrants allow agents to clandestinely break into the target’s premises and search for certain prescribed items and information. Although in the U.S. the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts have historically upheld these warrants, the first express statutory authorization of them came with the Patriot Act in 2001.
…Now we learn that Great Britain, our closest ally, aggressively pursued terrorists, most likely from Pakistan, but who were “homegrown” in terms of their melding in to the civic landscape, and averted a major attack. Their use of sneak and peak warrants allowed them to gather critical evidence that led to the discovery of a plot to use liquid explosives aboard at least ten planes bound for the United States and to detonate them mid-air.