August 14, 2006, - 3:22 pm

Famous But Incompetent: FBI in Denial Again

By Debbie Schlussel
So, three Palestinian Muslim men buy 1,000 cellphones and spent who knows how much in gas driving from Texas to buy them. The three men are tied to a plot to blow up Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge. Their antics, their tactics are similar to other Muslims throughout America, also purchasing phones.
And yet, the FBI says there is “no imminent threat” and no evidence they were linked to a known terrorist group. Get a clue, FBI.
Well, actually, the FBI does have a clue. They’re just not telling you. The FBI is aware that many Muslim multiple-cellphone buyers around the country are using the same exact cover story. Sound like they’re all independent to you? No, using the same cover story shows they are working together.

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The FBI is also aware that the Texas men caught in Caro are linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. And the FBI is aware that there was a threat. Otherwise, the FBI would not be involved in a case like this.
As we noted yesterday, in writing about the 11 previously missing (and now found) Egyptian “students”–another case in which the FBI said there was “no imminent threat” and no link to terror–the FBI would not otherwise have been involved, but for a link to terrorism.
Perhaps, as is the general FBI protocol, they don’t want to cause a panic and that’s why the agency is touting the standard BS line. But we should all be concerned and scared. Not complacent.
Trying to shove this under a rug is irresponsible. And a disservice to America.

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6 Responses

Debbie, can you produce any evidence at all that these guys committed a crime? Anything at all besides speculation?
You and your deep-thinking sycophants have nothing except a lynch-mob mentality.
You’re an American? You have American values?
Hardly.

Avalon on August 14, 2006 at 5:12 pm

I would expect the FBI to bury this just like they buried the OK City bombing evidence. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25008
They don’t want to ‘frighten’ us. I guess we are better off dead than scared.
I also sure that these nice boys reported all their income to the IRS that they make selling cell phones .

cbintn on August 14, 2006 at 8:33 pm

If the terrorism watchdogs of our country believe that terrorists are going to go to Walmart and buy 80 explosive detonators at a time, then every American is a dead man (or woman) walking.
I appreciate what you’re doing with your anti-terrorism activism, but I’m going to have to believe what the FBI is saying on the matter, and encourage others to believe what the FBI is saying, because what the FBI is saying is not incredibly stupid, while what you have to say on the matter is.
I also think that you need to be very careful in pointing out that these men were Palestinian Muslims. I could care less about political correctness, but to imply that a ‘muslim fundamentalist fanatic’ terrorist is going to buy the means to cause terror at a Walmart is complete ignorance.
I mean, you’re doing this for a LIVING, right? You DO understand that a terrorist would NEVER buy 80 phones from Wal-Mart, considering, I don’t know, Wal-Mart is one of the strongest ‘western culture capitalism excess’ icons in the world?
I could continue ad nauseum, but that would be pointless. In the future, please fact check. Not so much for our sake, because the people in this country that really matter are going to read the AP reports and form their own educated opinion about a story anyway, but it makes you look particularly uneducated and damages your credibility, and I certainly do appreciate the time you take to warn the uneducated and undereducated masses about the threat of terrorism.

igot800 on August 15, 2006 at 12:11 am

Debbie, you speculated as follows: “Perhaps, as is the general FBI protocol, they don’t want to cause a panic and that’s why the agency is touting the standard BS line.”
As long as the FBI continues to survive as a federal law enforcement agency with responsibilities in the area of preserving US national security, I panic.
To issue a “no imminent threat” statement at a time when cellphones are a prime triggering device for IED’s targeting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, a potential triggering device for IED’s targeting civilians and military in this country and a primary communications tool for coordinating terrorist activities in the US and abroad, requires a new special kind of stupidity that apparently can only be provided by the US Federal Bureaucracy.

joesixpack31 on August 15, 2006 at 12:35 am

Anyone know what igot800 is talking about?

joesixpack31 on August 15, 2006 at 12:39 am

We need a domestic anti-terrorism service similiar to Israel’s Shin Bet and the UK’s MI-6. The FBI was designed to go after organized crime and do domestic surveillance of foreign governments. Their bureaucratic culture is not geared to defend the homeland from terrorist threats. And their ineffectual responses to recent developments is more evidence they’re the wrong guys for this job.

NormanF on August 15, 2006 at 2:28 am

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