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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Tallest Bldg in L.A.?

Alright.

Here's Our Kid:
"In the weeks after September the 11th, while Americans were still recovering from an unprecedented strike on our homeland, al Qaeda was already busy planning its next attack.

We now know that in October 2001, Khalid Shaykh Muhammad -- the mastermind of the September the 11th attacks -- had already set in motion a plan to have terrorist operatives hijack an airplane using shoe bombs to breach the cockpit door, and fly the plane into the tallest building on the West Coast.

We believe the intended target was Liberty [sic] Tower in Los Angeles, California."
(He meant the Library Tower - now the US Bank Bldg.)

Sorry, kiddos, but I'm unbelievably skeptical of this here story.

One (and it's snarky)? Angelenos couldn't find the Bank One bldg.

It's not exactly a landmark in this community.

Two? The timing of this "news."

Dude's been under a lot of pressure to explain himself, so it's the perfect time for a new "Tale of Horror."

On that note...

Fran Townsend (of Homeland Security) had a follow up press conference today re: these new tales.

Excerpt:
Q: What level of operational detail did this plot reach before it was foiled? I mean, was it -- were they planning to fly a plane out of LAX? Did it reach that level of detail?

MS. TOWNSEND: We didn't know what plane or what flight.

We knew that they were going to fly a commercial airliner into the tallest building in California, or the West Coast.

And there was an analytic judgment by the intelligence community that that meant the Library Tower.
Did you catch that?

"There was an analytic judgement...that meant the Library Tower."

Wow.

That means...they don't know for sure.

Our Kid went ahead and made the "Liberty Tower" claim anyway.
MS. TOWNSEND: But, I mean, we didn't have a day or a week; we didn't know that.
When pressed for further details on the plan and its planners, Townshend replied by saying, "Okay, hold on, I can't be that specific, because we don't know," and "I know, but I can't tell you their names, because that would give it away, and I can't tell you the names of the countries because -- not because I care -- but because our partners want to have it kept a secret."

Grrr.

CRITICAL FOLLOW-UP FROM AMERICABLOG:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent."

"I'm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels," the mayor told The Associated Press.

"I don't expect a call from the president - but somebody."
Like I said, I'm skeptical.

More later...

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