Monday, November 10, 2008

London Arab newspaper warns of plans for major 9/11-style attack against the U.S. homeland

Australian sources this morning are reporting a story in the London Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi (edited by Abdel al-Bari Atwan) that Osama bin Laden (or Usana bin Laden) is deep into planning another major attack against the United States, to be bigger than 9/11. The reports seems to involve the United States rather than western Europe. So far the United States says there is no specific intelligence to that effect. Al-Bari is thought to have interviewed bin Laden in 1996. Stories say that he is the last such journalist, but I believe that British-raised foreign journalist and book author Peter Bergen interviewed him in 1997.

One major news story is by Paola Totaro, in the Canberra Times, here.

The story was repeated briefly on ABC “Good Morning America” Monday morning Nov. 10.

The Homeland Security National Terror Alert has a version of the story "Report - Bin Laden May Be Planning Large Scale Terror Attack Against U.S." here.

Conservative newspapers like the Washington Times have recently run a lot of material about novel WMD’s, such as EMP devices, that could be launched from sea without interdiction by normal American or European inspection procedures at ports and border. A lot of attention has been paid recently to reigning in on loose nuclear weapons components, and the issue was mentioned by candidates (especially Joe Biden) during the recent presidential campaign. See the posting on this blog Oct. 14 2008 about the Washington Times story. Joe Biden (now the Vice President elect), after running for president himself last spring, had said in October that a new President Obama would be tested by a major foreign crisis early in his administration, a remark that McCain's campaign tried to capitalize on.

It is still unclear how bin Laden is communicating with the outside world, by ground couriers in tribal areas. It is possible for newspaper like the one above to fabricate a story.

There is a blog entry about the report on "Public Secrets" here.

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