There is also the matter of the Iranian embassy personnel expulsions, for doing things like filming the No. 7 line, in Queens. This is an excerpt from Sen. Chuck Schumer's press release about this:
Schumer warns Iranian Ambassador that if his mission doesn't waive diplomatic
immunity and let the NYPD/FBI question two diplomats who were videotaping
No. 7 line operations at 1:30 AM Sunday, they may have their visas revoked
and be removed from the United States.
Schumer: "We won't know if this
is a minor misunderstanding or a major
plot until the suspects speak."
They left the country, unquestioned. My fiance rides the 7 train to work every day. This is the kind of stress she feels, on a daily basis. For a long time.
Now, TIME.com has a new piece, titled "Exclusive Book Excerpt: How an Al-Qaeda Cell Planned a Poison-gas Attack on the N.Y. Subway." Subtitle: "The plot was called off by Bin Laden's No. 2 only 45 days from zero hour, according to a new book by Ron Suskind." Oh, boy. SYMPATHETIC COVERAGE, ANYONE?
An excerpt from the TIME piece: (Hat tip STOP THE ACLU)
This was not simply a proposal; the plot was well under way. In fact, zero-hour
was only 45 days away. But then, for reasons still debated by U.S. intelligence
officials, Zawahiri called off the attack. "Ali (our agent in Al
Queda-EditorLEAV) did not know the precise explanation why. He just knew that
Zawahiri had called them off."
From what I can gather from the article, the attack was due in March 2003. Whatever the reason that it didn't happen, I'm not feeling any more sympathetic to Zawahiri, or Al Queda. I want to murder those bastards before they murder my future wife. I don't want to wait for the next attack; I want to attack them, here in the US, as well as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, among other locations, worldwide.
I am not scared of provoking a worse attack on NY than 9/11. They already are trying their best to do the worst to us. It's too late for that. We are draining Al Queda's resources much faster than we did the USSR's. The war on terror, while an eternal paradigm, will be won by the forces of freedom in this incarnation, and it won't take 70 years this time.
-I digress. I want all of my liberal, anti-Iraq or "war on terror" readers to think of my beautiful LIBERAL fiance, riding that damn subway every day, switching trains at Times Square, knowing of much more than the three reports mentioned in this post. She also told me about the Brooklyn Bridge bombing plot months before it was reported; again, only as a suspicion. That makes four.
She's a lib, but she's tough on terrorism. Our first date was the night they tested the 9/11 "lights in the sky" display, a day before it's "official" debut. We saw it out of the window of a taxi, going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Why can't everyone realize that this is an actual war, and Iraq is not the only front?