Originally Posted by road kill
I'd say that the opening part of your post, when read next to your original post, is complete BS. "WOW" you say, posting a link to a story headlined
Originally Posted by road kill
Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain
• Pakistani diplomat launches scathing attack on White House
• European intelligence claims raised terror alerts 'nonsensical'
I would say your post is anything except passive neutral. The Guardian story then leads:
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida
plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials
have told the Guardian.
The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels
, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan
that have "set the country on fire", said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.
Here we have a question of journalistic integrity. The US alert was issued on October 3. The arrests of 12 alleged terrorists in Marseilles was on October 5. The US alert only addressed risks in Western Europe (What does that have to do with Pakistan based drone attacks?). The elevated French warnings went into effect last month (long before the US action) following the kidnapping of five French citizens as a reaction to the legislative ban on face coverings. This was also linked to the arrest, on September 3, of a French member of al-Qaeda, in Italy who was allegedly returning to France to engage in suicide bombings. Last month, French authorities had issued alerts concerning specific threats received on planned Metro bombings -- all pre-dating the US alert. Britain actually raised its terror alert in mid-September, following already elevated alerts following the Pope's visit and subsequent threats of terrorist activities. However, all the countries elevated their terror alerts following British intelligence using voice print technologies (See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101005/..._terror_threat
) began pointing at the possibility of attacks on major tourist monuments. This was done despite a lot of outcry concerning the potential impact such alerts might have on tourist traffic. In particular, the German Interior Minister was upset:
BERLIN: Germany’s interior minister hit out at travel warnings for visitors to Europe issued because of the risk of Al-Qaeda attacks on Wednesday, saying such tactics helped “terrorists” spread fear.
“We are taking things seriously. But … we are working without talking a lot.” Thomas de Maiziere told German radio station Deutschlandfunk.
This week the US, Britain, Japan and Sweden issued alert warnings of the “possible terrorist attack” by Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups against their citizens travelling in Europe.
This followed reports in British and US media that said that an Al-Qaeda plot to carry out attacks in Britain, France and Germany, similar to the siege in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, had been uncovered.
The source was a German citizen of Afghan descent held in Afghanistan, the reports said, but a US official told AFP this week the warning was based on a “growing body of information” collected over time.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article....#ixzz11n2RJt2Q
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
US drone attacks on Pakistan are also definitely linked to the increased alert levels. Five Germans were among the alleged terrorists killed in a recent attack.
Most interestingly, of course, is that we have this headline from the Guardian the day after the Guardian story that you cite:
France issues UK terror alert
After similar warnings across Europe, French advise 'extreme vigilance' on British public transport and at popular attractions
France has told citizens visiting the UK to exercise caution, warning that a terrorist attack on public transport or tourist sites is "highly likely".
In a notice on the defence ministry website
, the French authorities said: "We advise [travellers] to be extremely vigilant on public transport and at popular tourist sites."
The alert came days after the UK said there was "a high threat of terrorism" in France and Germany
, and the US warned its citizens to stay away from high-profile sites in Europe
Yesterday, French security forces arrested 11 suspected Islamic extremists in raids across southern France, although officials downplayed any link with the increased terror alerts.
The French interior minister, Brice Hortefeux, said: "Yes, there is a terrorist threat at the moment in Europe. It must be neither overestimated nor underestimated." . (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010...k-terror-alert