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Friday, November 09, 2007

Don't they get tired of doing this?
Posted by Jill | 11:02 AM
I guess the Administration figures they'll run the fear card up the ol' flagpole one mo' time and see if anyone salutes:

In what one FBI spokesman described as "almost an annual ritual," the bureau has obtained uncorroborated intelligence indicating al Qaeda would like to strike shopping malls during the holiday shopping season, two law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Those sources confirmed there is intelligence dating back to August that al Qaeda would like to attack malls in Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

The FBI's information is contained in an intelligence report and is intended for law enforcement and intelligence partners.

"There is no information to state this is a credible threat," FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement.

The information is being shared "for situational awareness," he said, and the FBI is reminding people to "remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities."

A spokesman for the FBI's Chicago field office, Ross Rice, stressed the intelligence came "from an uncorroborated source and it's non-specific."

Rice said there was no mention of particular malls in Chicago and Los Angeles that might be the focus of a threat. And he added that "it's almost an annual ritual" for information to come to light about mall threats at holiday shopping time.

There's something kind of sad and pathetic about how they keep reviving this same old chestnut every time the Administration needs a bounce: threat, mall, not credible, but be afraid anyway. Besides, aren't we supposed to keep shopping or the terrorists win?

(h/t: Space Cowboy)


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