Westbrook36 Posted February 9, 2006 Share Posted February 9, 2006 http://today.reuters.com/investing/financeArticle.aspx?type=bondsNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20060209:MTFH59403_2006-02-09_17-18-19_N09237244:1 Now, he could just be throwing this out in an attempt to take some heat off himself, but if this is actually true (and I believe it is) then you gotta give him credit. It's nice to see that we are at least somewhat able to pick up these kinds of details and stop them. I'm sure this has happened plenty of times (with Bush and other presidents), but we never really hear much about it. I remember Clinton talking about something a long time ago, but other than that I don't really have much of a memory of any other thwarted attempts being publicized. WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday disclosed new details of a thwarted al Qaeda plot to use shoe bombs to hijack a plane and fly it into a Los Angeles building, as he sought to justify his tactics in Washington's war on terrorism.With critics questioning the legality of his authorization of a domestic spying program, Bush used newly declassified details of a previously disclosed plot to show that the threat of terrorism has not abated. Bush said that in early 2002 the United States and its allies thwarted a plot to use bombs hidden in shoes to breach the ****pit door of an airplane and fly it into the the tallest building in Los Angeles. But he named the wrong building. "We believe the intended target was Liberty Tower in Los Angeles, California," Bush said. White House aides later said he meant Library Tower. Library Tower is now known as US Bank Tower, but locally it is still mostly called by the former name because of its proximity to the city's central library. At 1,017 feet (310 metres) tall, it is the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River. Last October, the Bush administration had disclosed the plot to attack targets on the West Coast using hijacked planes, saying this was among 10 disrupted al Qaeda plots. Bush said on Thursday that in October 2001, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the operational mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks that year, had set in motion a plot for another attack inside the United States using shoe bombs to hijack an airplane and fly it into the tallest building on the U.S. West Coast. "Rather than use Arab hijackers as he had on September 11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sought out young men from Southeast Asia whom he believed would not arouse as much suspicion," Bush said. More in link.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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