Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, August 10, 2006

U.S. Posts Code-Red Alert; Bans Liquids

Associated Press, August 10, 2006

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration posted an unprecedented code-red alert for passenger flights from Britain to the United States and banned liquids from all carry-on bags Thursday, clamping down quickly after British authorities disrupted a frightening terror plot.
The heightened restrictions triggered long lines at airports across the country, and governors in at least three states ordered National Guard troops to help provide security.
"This was a well-advanced plan," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told reporters as British authorities announced the arrests of 24 alleged plotters. "In some respects suggestive of an al-Qaida plot."
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said as many as 10 flights had been targeted.
Other officials said the plotters had hoped to bring the planes down in a cascade of horror over the Atlantic Ocean, possibly within days. They said the plan involved the use of a peroxide-based solution, flammable when sparked by innocent-appearing small electronic devices. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitive nature of the subject.
Targeted were United, American and Continental Airlines flights from Britain to major U.S. destinations, which officials said probably included New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said the suspects, whose ages ranged from 17 to the mid-30s, were looking to sneak at least some chemicals on the planes in sports drink bottles. Teams of at least two or three men were assigned to each flight, the schedules for which they had researched on the Internet, the official said.
Two other U.S. officials said British, U.S. and Pakistani investigators were trying to trace the steps of the suspects in Pakistan and were seeking to determine whether a couple of them attended terrorist training camps there.
In brief remarks from Green Bay, Wis., President Bush said the events showed the nation "is at war with Islamic fascists."…
Homeland Security deputy Secretary Michael Jackson said his agency had known for several days of the unfolding plot but waited for a signal from the British to announce it.
The decision to raise the terror level for flights from Britain indicated a severe risk of terror attacks. The "code red" change requires airlines to provide the government with an advance list of passengers aboard affected flights. Previously, passengers names had to be provided within 15 minutes after takeoff…
Officials said the plotters had been planning a test run within two days to see whether they could smuggle the equipment they needed aboard the flights. The actual attack would have occurred within days…

Why would the US wait for “several days” to announce that Islamic radicals were planning on killing thousands of Americans? And before today the airlines don’t provide the names of passengers to the government until 15 minutes after take-off? What the hell good does that do? SO then when a plane does explode we know who did it? How about stopping these people before they get on a plane? And their “test run” was going to be in the next two days? What nothing like the last minute to prevent the deaths of thousands of Americans?

This story makes me deathly afraid and angered at the same time. Angry over near government incompetence because what Bush said was long overdue and needs to be shouted from the rooftops and to every government agency like the CIA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security, ICE, NSA, and every branch of law enforcement, the nation "is at war with Islamic fascists."

The story also makes me afraid because I have family members who fly to this country from London, including one who flew back to London only a week ago. It also makes me afraid because a little over a year ago, I too flew back from Europe and flew into London on the way there from Washington, DC.

These are scary times we live in, and it is time for less politics and more real leadership from both the President and Congress. I cut out a good portion of this article that talked about the across the aisle bickering between Republicans and Democrats about who is “to blame” for all of this. Well Republicans and Democrats are both to blame, and we are as well. We are to blame as long as we keep weak appeasement-minded politicians in office who take vacation while the world is in danger and while the people are at risk. You can bet Bush was not flying out of London, or Kennedy, or McCain, or Kerry, or any of them. No, it would have been normal, average Americans flying out, and they would have died while the politicians held meetings and did nothing. These Islamic terrorists don’t want to kill soldiers, they want to kill you and me and everyone we know and care about and that just happens to include our soldiers.

Wake Up America, either that or never fly on a plane, take a train, ride the subway, go over a bridge, or do anything but cower in fear under the covers in your bedroom. But, they will find a way to get you there too.

8 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

midterms are coming. it is time to start voting out incumbants on both sides of the aisle. perhaps that will get some results.

Fri Aug 11, 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I'm with betmo, let's do some weeding of the garden. Pathetic that the first inclination is to figure out "who's fault" it is. I was thinking, if we have to lay blame, we could maybe blame, oh I don't know, the terrorists? That might be good. I'm just glad they stopped these guys before anything happened. Hopefully they'll continue that trend.

Fri Aug 11, 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm all for weeding out. But I don't see many choices I can fully support.

Fri Aug 11, 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Not all need to be weeded out, the problem that we have, or at least that some have, is that we are not all the informed on what our Congressmen have and have not voted for in the past. To be honest, I only know the voting records of my Representative and two Senators on illegal immigration. But the fact that I even know that much probably puts me ahead of maybe 80-90% of the population when they go in a voting booth. We as Americans need to start really looking at who we are voting for and maybe it is time for the Richard Pryor choice of “None Of The Above.”

Fri Aug 11, 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

There was a primary on Tuesday, remember? It's all about the timing, and it's all about the fear.

Fri Aug 11, 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, jaded as I am, I 100% doubt there was any connection between the announcement and the primary. If anything it is good for the Republican Party that Joe lost the primary because now he will run as an Independent and will still mostly likely win which means one less Democrat on the Senate floor.

Sun Aug 13, 01:21:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Do you really think Lieberman will win? I would think that if you couldn't even get the people who have supported you for years to back you up again, how are you going to convince everyone else?

Mon Aug 14, 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well there really is no Republican challenger in Connecticut, and although the numbers were higher than expected, only Democrats who would come out to vote in a primary voted, and Liberman only lost what 51% to 49%, so he still has 49% of the hardcore Democrats voting for him. And considering if someone replace him they would go to the bottom of the power totem pole in the Senate, Liberman brings back more pork to the tiny state than some freshman would.

Mon Aug 14, 05:38:00 PM  

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