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That's why I was startled to read tonight that the intelligence information that triggered the latest threat scare - and which Ridge breathlessly described as as evidence of imminent danger - actually dates from before 9/11:
Pre-9/11 Acts Led To Alerts
Officials Unsure Spying On Buildings Continued
Most of the al Qaeda surveillance of five financial institutions that led to a new terrorism alert Sunday was conducted before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and authorities are not sure whether the casing of the buildings has continued since then, numerous intelligence and law enforcement officials said yesterday...
"There is nothing right now that we're hearing that is new," said one senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the alert. "Why did we go to this level? . . . I still don't know that."
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Yup, EVERYTHING President Numbnuts and his surrogates do is political. Motherfuckers. You know, one day when Bush is out of office, I'm gonna drive down to Crawford, Texas and punch his fucking lights out.