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6/16/2004

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....

1 Comments:

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Following is a portion of an editorial Paul Krugman wrote 6/15 for the NY Times:
"Last week Mr. Ashcroft, apparently in contempt of Congress, refused to release a memo on torture his department prepared for the White House almost two years ago. Fortunately, his stonewalling didn't work: The Washington Post has acquired a copy of the memo and put it on its Web site.
Much of the memo is concerned with defining torture down: if the pain inflicted on a prisoner is less than the pain that accompanies "serious physical injury, such as organ failure," it's not torture. Anyway, the memo declares that the federal law against torture doesn't apply to interrogations of enemy combatants "pursuant to [the president's] commander-in-chief authority." In other words, the president is above the law.
The memo came out late Sunday. Mr. Ashcroft called a press conference yesterday — to announce an indictment against a man accused of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio. The timing was, I'm sure, purely coincidental."

 

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