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Pearl Harbour Revisited


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
Panic, disinformation, fear: just don't let them forget about the evil out there (we talked about Pandora's box in this thread).

Al Qaeda planned Pearl Harbour attack

Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network planned to attack the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, using hijacked airliners, The Washington Times has reported. The potential targets included nuclear powered submarines and ships, the newspaper said on Monday. Intelligence reports about the threat to the naval base were sent to senior U.S. officials in the past two weeks and coincided with reports that al Qaeda was planning a major attack, the newspaper reported. The CIA had no immediate comment on the report. A spokesman for the Pentagon was not immediately available. The newspaper said officials pointed to the intelligence reports as a factor in the U.S. government's decision earlier this month to raise the terror threat level to orange, or "high" risk of attack. The terror threat level was lowered one notch on Thursday to yellow, or "elevated" risk of attack. The Washington Times cited officials familiar with the intelligence reports as saying that al Qaeda was planning to take aim at Pearl Harbour because of its symbolic value. Pearl Harbour was bombed by the Japanese, which began the United States involvement in World War II. The newspaper said another reason al Qaeda considered targeting Pearl Harbour was because its military facilities are open from the air. Bin Laden's al Qaeda network was blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks in which four hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing more than 3,000 people.

=> http://uk.news.yahoo.com/030303/80/duji9.html

I'm sure they also planned to decapitate the Statue of Liberty with a flaming chain-saw (please forgive me the sarcasm).
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