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    Exclamation News :: Terrorist plots foiled, both past and present, revealed 2 public. Interesting

    Ok, now it is tad long and i will put the threee articles in chronological order, however it is definetely worth a read IMO.



    STORY 1 *

    Article extract >>

    The White House has given details of 10 major terror plots that President Bush says have been foiled by the US and its allies since the 11 September attacks.
    Mr Bush cited the disrupted plans in a speech, designed to boost support for the so-called war on terror.

    They include a plot to use hijacked aircraft to hit the US East and West coasts and to attack Heathrow Airport.

    But the sketchy details provided by the White House make it hard to assess how serious or advanced the plans were.

    Most of the plots have been previously reported in some form, but a few were revealed for the first time.

    Mr Bush also mentioned five instances where targets within the US had been "cased" - including the cases of Iyman Faris who was accused of exploring the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

    White House list of disrupted plots:


    [color=dark-blue]West Coast airliner

    In mid-2002 the US disrupted a plot to attack targets on the West Coast of the United States using hijacked aeroplanes. The plotters included at least one major operational planner involved in planning the events of 11 September 2001.

    [color=dark-blue]East Coast airliner[/color]
    In mid-2003 the US and a partner disrupted a plot to attack targets on the East Coast of the United States using hijacked commercial aeroplanes.

    [color=dark-blue]Jose Padilla[/color]
    In May 2002, the US disrupted a plot that involved blowing up apartment buildings in the United States. One of the plotters, Jose Padilla, also discussed the possibility of using a dirty bomb in the US.

    [color=dark-blue]2004 UK urban targets[/color]
    In 2004, the US and partners disrupted a plot that involved urban targets in the United Kingdom. These plots involved using explosives against a variety of sites.

    [color=dark-blue]2003 Karachi[/color]
    In the spring of 2003, the US and a partner disrupted a plot to attack Westerners at several targets in Karachi, Pakistan.

    [color=dark-blue]London Heathrow Airport[/color]
    In 2003, the US and several partners disrupted a plot to attack Heathrow Airport using hijacked commercial airliners. The planning for this attack was undertaken by a major 11 September operational figure.

    [color=dark-blue]2004 UK[/color]
    In 2004, the US and partners, using a combination of law enforcement and intelligence resources, disrupted a plot to conduct bombings in the UK.

    [color=dark-blue]2002 Gulf shipping[/color]
    In late 2002 and 2003, the US and a partner nation disrupted a plot by al-Qaeda operatives to attack ships in the Gulf.

    [color=dark-blue]2002 Straits of Hormuz[/color]
    In 2002, the US and partners disrupted a plot to attack ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz.

    [color=dark-blue]2003 tourist site[/color]
    In 2003 the US and a partner nation disrupted a plot to attack a tourist site outside the United States.

    White House list of casings and infiltrations:

    [color=dark-blue]US government and tourist sites tasking[/color]
    In 2003 and 2004, an individual was tasked by al-Qaeda to case important US government and tourist targets within the United States.

    [color=dark-blue]Gas station tasking[/color]
    Around 2003, an individual was tasked to collect targeting information on US gas stations and their support mechanisms on behalf of a senior al-Qaeda planner.

    [color=dark-blue]Iyman Faris and the Brooklyn Bridge[/color]
    In 2003, and in conjunction with a partner nation, the US government arrested and prosecuted Iyman Faris, who was exploring the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Faris ultimately pleaded guilty to providing material support to al-Qaeda and is now in a federal correctional institution.

    [color=dark-blue]2001 tasking[/color]
    In 2001, al-Qaeda sent an individual to facilitate post-11 September attacks in the US Law enforcement authorities arrested the individual.

    [color=dark-blue]2003 tasking[/color]
    In 2003, an individual was tasked by an al-Qaeda leader to conduct reconnaissance on populated areas in the US.

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    Source :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4319714.stm



    STORY 2 ** From today

    Article extract >>

    The Sunday Times October 09, 2005

    Al-Qaeda's Heathrow jet plot revealed
    David Leppard



    AL-QAEDA terrorists planned to hijack a passenger jet from eastern Europe and fly it into a packed terminal at Heathrow airport, killing hundreds of people, security sources have revealed.
    The plot, which was taken so seriously that ministers considered shutting down the airport, helps to resolve the long-standing mystery of why Tony Blair ordered armoured vehicles and hundreds of troops to be sent to Heathrow in 2003.



    It has now emerged that MI5 received detailed intelligence in February 2003 about a two-pronged plan to target Britain because of its decision to send troops in support of America’s invasion of Iraq.

    The second element of the operation, inspired by Osama Bin Laden, involved a mortar attack on a departing passenger plane. It was organised by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Al-Qaeda operations chief and mastermind of the September 11 attacks, the sources said.

    Details of the plot have been provided by British sources after the White House issued a list of 10 Al-Qaeda plots foiled by America and its partners, including Britain.

    Referring to what it called “the Heathrow airport plot”, the White House said that America and several partners had “disrupted a plot to attack Heathrow airport using hijacked commercial airliners”.

    At the time cabinet ministers, including David Blunkett, then home secretary, said they could not divulge the nature of the threat but insisted that it was “real”. This weekend security sources gave fresh details of what they described as a double plot to kill hundreds of Heathrow passengers and punish Blair for Britain’s role in Iraq.

    One said that an Al-Qaeda cell had been spotted carrying out reconnaissance at an airport in eastern Europe, possibly in Poland, Latvia or Estonia.

    The source said: “The idea was to hijack the plane from somewhere that didn’t have the same level of security as airports in western Europe. The plan was to fly it into a terminal at Heathrow where there would be a lot of fatalities.”

    The decision to send Scimitar armoured vehicles and 450 troops from the Household Cavalry and the Grenadier Guards was the first time since 1994 — when the IRA had tried to mortar the runway — that the army had been deployed on home security duties.

    Blair was accused of staging a stunt to boost support for the invasion of Iraq. Although the troop deployment was largely symbolic, security would have been tightened up at East European airports, and, since 9/11, RAF fighter jets have been on standby to shoot down hijacked passenger planes.

    Ministers could not disclose the nature of the threat for fear of compromising intelligence sources. The only explanation until now was that the troop deployment had been intended to thwart a possible mortar attack on a departing plane.

    The new disclosures make it clear that this was just a part of a “twin track” Al-Qaeda plan to take the world’s busiest international airport out of operation.

    Scotland Yard sources previously linked Andrew Rowe to that plot. He was a “dedicated jihadist” and Muslim convert who was jailed last month at the Old Bailey for terrorist offences. Rowe was arrested on a coach inside the Channel tunnel and was found to be carrying coded instructions on how to fire mortars. He was sentenced to 15 years after being convicted of two offences of having articles for use in terrorism.

    Until his capture two years ago, Mohammed was a central figure in Al-Qaeda’s war on the West. He was inspired by the 1993 attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in New York. Mohammed conceived the September 11 plot, which he described as “far more successful than we had ever imagined”.

    Last year The Sunday Times obtained transcripts of Mohammed’s interrogation in the months after his capture in Pakistan in 2003. They show that the original plan for September 11 envisaged the hijacking of 10 planes, which were to be crashed into targets on the east and west coasts of America.

    In the interrogation, Mohammed also referred to an unspecified plot against Heathrow designed to punish Blair, whom he said Bin Laden called his “principal enemy”.

    He told his interrogators that Al-Qaeda operatives had been given money and told to begin surveillance of Heathrow, assessing its weak points and finding locations from which planes could be shot down.

    End extract <<

    Source :: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...817244,00.html



    STORY 3 *** From today, investigation unfolding.

    Article extract >>

    LONDON BOMB ATTACK FOILED

    By Lucy Panton

    SCOTLAND Yard have smashed a secret cell planning to launch a third terror strike on London.

    Ten men were arrested on Saturday when anti-terrorist cops carried out dawn raids on three homes in London, Derby and Wolverhampton.


    A senior security source told us: "The threat was imminent and we had to take action quickly.

    "The group had come up on our radar after we became suspicious of behaviour and movements and they were put under surveillance.


    "We suspected they were planning another terror strike on London and we felt these men posed a danger to the lives of people living in the capital."


    All ten suspects were taken to the high-security Paddington Green Police Station in central London for questioning.

    It was 4am when dozens of armed officers stormed the three addresses in a dramatic synchronized swoop.

    Explosives were used to blow the door off the house targeted in Croydon, south London. Three men were seized at the premises.


    Four more were arrested at a house in Lewis Avenue, Wolverhampton. A neighbour said: "I awoke to a crashing sound and a lot of shouting.


    "Four police vans were outside the house. I saw the men taken away."

    Another neighbour told us: "Up to 20 men have been living there at any one time. They kept themselves to themselves. I was a bit suspicious because they kept coming and going at all hours, taking things in and out of the house.


    "They had several cars and minibuses and caused parking problems. Some people had complained about them."

    Horror

    A nearby resident said the property was notorious locally as a house of horror and had been difficult to sell because a woman was beheaded there six years ago.


    Three more men were taken from an address in Derby. All the suspects are said to have Middle Eastern origins and it is believed they have not been living in the UK for long. No explosives were found in the raids, but a large number of documents were taken away.


    Our source revealed the arrests were likely to lead to further searches which could turn up "more significant" finds.

    Scotland Yard refused to reveal the suspects' exact nationalities but it is thought they are all in their 20s and early 30s.


    The men are not believed to be linked to the 7/7 gang of four suicide bombers—who killed 52 on Tube trains and a bus—or the 21/7 gang whose explosives failed.


    But our source said: "These arrests have worldwide implications. Terrorists revisit cities they previously targeted."

    A Yard spokesman confirmed: "Saturday's arrests were made on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism."

    End extract <<

    Source and pictures :: http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/stor...ws/news2.shtml
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    Some we didn't know about and some we did, and one's where what we knew was only th e tip fo the iceberg. The Heathrow airport one for instace, i remember a lot of media attentione and debate and people laughing off the terrorist warnings and the military presence, they now know how clsoe we came and how vital it all really was.

    That last one si about as present as we're likely to hear about unless something pretty public takes place. A massive "well done" to all those, around the world, who were invovled in thsoe anti-terrorist actions, special mention from a British perspective but beyond that. :thumb:

    It is a very interesting read, a bit worrying at times but worth taking the time out to read nonetheless, i look forward to your comments.


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    I'm sure it's true that all those and most likely more attempts were thwarted. But the terrorists know they only need to be successful every once in a while, they can afford to have 99 out of 100 attempts fail.
    More important than stopping the attacks is the continued pressure on their leadership. And by pressure I mean taking them out. The leaders of the terrorists are for the most part cowards, as long as they are targeted and their leadership ranks are thinned out they will eventually give up and go back to their earlier ways.
    As horrible as all this is, one needs to remember that it is a fairly recent development that the various factions have united to fight "the west". Prior to this they were always too busy killing each other and jostling for power to be a worldwide threat.
    "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." - Thomas Paine

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    My problem is that Bush is trying to equate his war in Iraq with the abilitly to thwart these terrorist plans.

    Terrorist attacks were being planned and thwarted long before the US invaded Iraq.
    This just seems to be the Bush administations' latest justification for going to war with Iraq and it is as weak as all of the previous one.

    Since the war in Iraq serious terrorist attacks have risen dramatically.
    In 2003 there were a record number of attacks.
    In 2004 that number TRIPLED.
    The 2005 numbers will show a similar growth.

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