Late last night I was thinking about going to bed. It was around midnight. Hubby woke up, having gone to bed right after dinner to shake off the lingering weakness and exhaustion from the recent bout of food poisoning. We were watching the news and there it came on - the breaking story of the terror attack foiled by the Brits. Wow.
Hubby, having only returned home 24 hours before from the European continent turned to me and said, "I guess I left Europe just in time." Thank God for the working alliance between the MI-5, Scotland Yard, Prime Minister Blair, President Bush and the FBI. The facts coming out are that this has been under investigation for several months. The people arrested so far are all second and third generation British citizens of Pakistani descent. The government of Pakistan cooperated with information.
The tools used in fighting the war on terror worked. I was not aware that the British system of collecting information on citizens is quite a bit more lax than the standards we use in America. Turns out the Patriot Act was written using the British system as a working model. Money tracking and NSA wiretapping practices are what stopped this attempt to bring down 3 airplanes every hour for 3 hours. Midair between London or Manchester and America. They were going for NYC, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. That's a lot of murdered flyers.
Today is a day and a month from the 5th year anniversary of September 11 and the tragedies of that horrible day. Have you noticed the build up of reported incidents, for lack of a better word, lately in the news?
About two weeks ago the son of the founder of a mosque in Seattle shouted ethnic slurs about Jews and stormed a Jewish Federation building downtown, shooting 5 women, one 13 weeks pregnant, killing a 58 year old Federation stalwart.
Last week one man was arrested on board a plane from London on its way to America and returned to London.
Twelve Egyptian exchange students in a program with Montana State University in Bozeman were suppose to show up last week. Only one did. The university followed protocol and reported the others. So far, two have turned themselves in from New Jersey and one was arrested in Minneapolis. All of them have had their student visas revoked and will be deported.
Two men were arrested in Ohio from Dearborn, Mi on a traffic violation that led to charges of money laundering in support of terrorism. In the car flights documents, $11,000 in cash and 12 cell phones were found.
All righty then.