NBC: Disagreement over timing of arrests

August 14, 2006

NBC: Disagreement over timing of arrests – Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit – MSNBC.com

–spotted via reddit.com, via boingboing.com

In contrast to previous reports, one senior British official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.

If this is the case, the utter nonsense that’s been going on in British airports for the last few days has been entirely pointless. There are no liquid bombers out there to look out for, and no other groups with immediate plans to immolate an airliner.

People have been separated from their iPods and books for no reason whatsoever. I personally find the idea of someone trying to lever the back of their iPod to use the battery to blow something up utterly hilarious: a phone battery is far more accessible.

And the Home Secretary has been saying things at at best could be considered misleading. It appears the New Labour administration’s detachment from reality is getting worse. What the hell is wrong with these people?

As for setting our brand new shiny alert system to the highest level for an exploit that was in the planning stages and was nowhere near being a proximate threat… what do we do if something actually happens?


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