Ohio Al Queda?!? Are You Kidding?!?
If anyone still questions Ohio's importance in this presidential election, just ask John Ashcroft. The latest Bush/Cheney campaign tactic in Ohio is to claim Al Queda is targeting Ohio shopping malls.
Is anyone else just a little bit suspicious at this?
The case of Mr. Nuradin Abdi looks pretty flimsy to me. He alledegly lied on political asylum forms, gave "material support" to terorists, "conspired" (a classic catch all charge) and was in the "early stages" of a mall blow-up plot.
What Al Queda operative is going to apply for political asylum?!?!? Hard to think of a better way to draw unwanted investigative attention to yourself.
Don't be surprised if the real story changes. The Jose Padilla case, the alleged "dirty bomber" who has never seen an attorney despite being an American citizen, is now no longer accused of plotting a dirty bomb attack, but of planning to attack apartment buildings.
They arrested this guy on the immigration charges last November 28...why are we just hearing about this Ohio-20 electoral votes-targeted-swing-state mall blow-up plot now, 5 months before the election?
You can just see Ashcroft sitting in his office, cooking this up. "Let's see...swing voters in Ohio, how do we target them...I BET THEY SHOP AT THE MALL! Al Queda hates malls! Let's round up a brown skinned Muslim looking fellow, trot him out, and say he wants to BLOW UP THE MALLS IN OHIO! Yeah, that's it!"
I'm not usually a conspiracy theory guy, but I wouldn't put it past Ashcroft to use the justice system to target anti-terror arrests in swing states this presidential election, hold breathless press conferences, and start counting electoral votes. In fact, I bet there's a bomb plot unfolding in Missouri, Wisconsin, Nevada, Florida....