How Serious Was the Terror Plot?
May 22nd, 2009

Wednesday’s thwarted terrorist plot sparked quite the conversation amongst the national press this week.

First, Christopher Dickey, author of “Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force – the NYPD,” seeks to explain the rational behind publicizing such attempted acts.

“There are several basic reasons these cases are publicized,” he writes in Newsweek. “The obvious ones are that the alleged terrorists are breaking the law, and even if they are inept they might succeed in hurting people. Another is to heighten public awareness that a terrorist threat continues. In many cases the NYPD chooses not to prosecute, preferring to disrupt plots and recruit new sources of intelligence. And the public revelation of a case like this also has a useful psychological message: if you are three or four guys conspiring to carry out terrorist acts in the New York area, one of you is likely to be an informant.”

But The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss takes it a step further and questions the plot itself, calling it ‘bogus.’

“Despite the pompous statements from Mayor Bloomberg of New York and other politicians, including Representative Peter King, the whole story is bogus,” he argues. “The four losers may have been inclined to violence, and they may have harbored a virulent strain of anti-Semitism. But it seems that the informant whipped up their violent tendencies and their hatred of Jews, cooked up the plot, incited them, arranged their purchase of weapons, and then had them busted.”

Zachary Roth agrees: “It’s not clear whether these men would have carried out any terror plot without encouragement and material support from an FBI informant,” he says on TPMMuckracker.

Still, the real mistake in all of this was plotting against New York City, because it is most prepared to deal with such attacks, writes Bobby Ghosh in Time Magazine.

“Because of New York’s superior resources, authorities were able to take more time months, as it turns out using intensive surveillance to map out the full details of the plot and to see if the plotters had connections to other domestic or international groups.”

By on May 22, 2009, 3:37 pm
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2 Responses to “How Serious Was the Terror Plot?”

  1. joe Says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    “But it seems that the informant whipped up their violent tendencies and their hatred of Jews, ”

    That’s rich, coming from Robert Dreyfuss, the arch whipper of any Jew who doesn’t help to destroy Israel. Perhaps Dreyfuss and the other “complainers” are only sorry the plot was foiled and the chickens weren’t allowed to come back to roost!

    Here’s a hot tip -once these jihadists get through with real Jews, they are coming after the faux ones, as well as all you leftist athiests and Easter Parade Christians.

    And no amount of “but I marched with the palistinians!” will spare you from their “shut-up infidel, you were just a useful idiot while we sharpened allahs sword!”

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