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FBI Bust Plot To Bomb Tunnel And Flood New York

The New York Daily News reports on a plot to flood the Holland Tunnel and flood lower Manhattan. Wasn't that sort of like the plot to the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie Daylight?

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The FBI has uncovered what officials consider a serious plot by jihadists to bomb the Holland Tunnel in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.

The terrorists sought to drown the Financial District as New Orleans was by Hurricane Katrina, sources said. They also wanted to attack subways and other tunnels.

Counterterrorism officials are alarmed by the "lone wolf" terror plot because they allegedly got a pledge of financial and tactical support from Jordanian associates of top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before he was killed in Iraq, a counterterrorism source told The News. It's not clear, however, if any cash or assistance was delivered.

...The plotters wanted to detonate a massive amount of explosives inside the Holland Tunnel to blast a hole that would destroy the tunnel, everyone in it, and send a devastating flood shooting through the streets of lower Manhattan.

While the plot may be serious, the the plotters would not have been able to flood lower Manhattan unless they could find a way to suspend the laws of physics.

They'd do better looking for ideas at the Movie-Plot Threat Contest.


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Comments (31)

This is old, stale news -- ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

This is old, stale news -- leaked now for political purposes.

From the New York Daily News article linked in Kevin's post (emphasis added):

The News has learned that at the request of U.S. officials, authorities in Beirut arrested one of the alleged conspirators, identified as Amir Andalousli, in recent months. Agents were scrambling yesterday to try to nab other suspects, sources said.

Odd though, that the administration chose to leak it to the New York Daily News instead of the New York Times. LOL - It just makes this ploy even more obvious....

but media-savvy Wizbang! readers are too smart to fall for this Republican PR scam, right?

Cue the fools..

Sorry Lee,We got m... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Sorry Lee,

We got more of your guys.

Awww, come on... turn that frown upside down, little buckaroo!

This is not the site you're... (Below threshold)
MikeB:

This is not the site you're looking for, Lee. Try the Democrat Underground. There you'll find like minded, conspiracy oriented individuals... such as those that "proved" that an airliner couldn't bring down the WTC towers by lighting a cup of kerosene inside of a wire cage with brick on top of it.

- MikeB

"While the plot may be s... (Below threshold)
Matt:

"While the plot may be serious, the the plotters would not have been able to flood lower Manhattan unless they could find a way to suspend the laws of physics."

With Allah, all things are possible. No true Jihadi would ever concern himself with the problems associated with water running uphill.

The would-be terrorists cer... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

The would-be terrorists ceratinly didn't count on Sylvester Stallone!!

Meanwhile, another terrorist cell is busy scheming to ram an ASTEROID into Manhattan...unaware that Bruce Willis is suited up and at the ready to blow it up!!

Would make more sense if th... (Below threshold)
blueeyes:

Would make more sense if they went for the Boston "Big Dig" tunnels, although those don't really need explosives to start flooding.

Lee,You say this s... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee,

You say this story was leaked now for political purposes? What were these purposes? Don't cite these elusive polls either.

You act like you know the answers, but you're really just guessing.

From one of the links:... (Below threshold)
Paul:

From one of the links:

"It might flood the Holland Tunnel, but that's all it's going to flood," said Allan McDuffie, an Army Corps of Engineers expert on New York flood patterns. "It's not going to get any higher than the level of the surrounding water."

And when it comes to flooding cites can you get more expertise than the Corps of Engineers?

Yes Lee, all terrorist thre... (Below threshold)
Leesafool:

Yes Lee, all terrorist threats are just Republican spin.

9/11, Spain, London (etc etc etc) was all just a plot by George Bush.

It's all about ... timing..... (Below threshold)
Lee:

It's all about ... timing...

And it isn't Bush, he's a lame chimp, this is the republican election machine in motion.

>This is old, stale news</p... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>This is old, stale news

So Lee... When did you first learn it?

Maybe they confused New Yor... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Maybe they confused New York with New Orleans.

Cue Paul in 5... 4... 3...

>>This is old, stale news</... (Below threshold)
Lee:

>>This is old, stale news

>So Lee... When did you first learn it?

When did I first learn that "FBI and New York City Police Department officials would not comment yesterday about the investigation, which has been kept under wraps for months?

I learned of it exactly when the republican election machine wanted me to learn of it -- right after they leaked it to the New York Daily News.

Lee:I question you... (Below threshold)

Lee:

I question your questioning of the timing. If this was for an election, wouldn't it make sense to push the story right before the election in November.

You know, like in October? It's done on a Friday during a short work week to affect the outcome of an election.

Be careful playing with electricity while wearing the ol' tin foil cap there...

Lee: "I learned of it ex... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Lee: "I learned of it exactly when the republican election machine wanted me to learn of it"

Lee, those guys sitting in that van just down the street from you could just be guys sitting in a van...or they could be the republican election machine!!! Take no chances...duck out the back door. 'Cause if it IS the republican election machine then they are obviously trying to find out how effective their release of information to YOU was!

You're the key, my boy. Good luck and God's speed!

Yes Lee the investigation w... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Yes Lee the investigation went on for months... Congrats on figuring that out.

Of course they knew who in seceonds everything they needed to know, they just kept the investigation open for months to convince people to vote Republican.

You are offically so stupid you don't even know how stupid you are.

Lawhawk - There will be lot... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Lawhawk - There will be lots more leaks as the election approaches, don't worry.

What is so blatantly obvious, and hilarious as well, is the decision by the republicans to leak this to the New York Daily News instead of the New York Times. Could it be any more obvious that this leak is politically motivated? Guffaw, baby, guffaw.

Keep it up Lee! You're the... (Below threshold)

Keep it up Lee! You're the best entertainment I've seen in months, and you're my best shot at winning this week's caption contest!

"Republican election mac... (Below threshold)
cmd:

"Republican election machine," Lee? Don't you mean "rightwing noise machine" or "vast rightwing conspiracy" or "chickenhawk brigade" or whatever blog-tested retort Kos spoonfed you this week?

Honestly, pal, you're a hoot. You used to be capable of serious argument, now you're just Wizbang's very own Mother Sheehan. Don't ever change, ya loveable tinfoil-hatted leftie loony.

The NY Daily News is a left... (Below threshold)

The NY Daily News is a left wing paper in NYC that is in the same space ideologically as the Times.

If you wanted to make a point about snubbing the Times, then the feds should have leaked the information to the NY Post or the NY Sun.

But thanks for playing - the others are right. You are a hoot.

"The NY Daily News is a ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"The NY Daily News is a left wing paper in NYC that is in the same space ideologically as the Times."

Oh, you mean the NT Tmes reader demographics are the same as the New York Daily News?

Is a New York Times reader more likely to switch to the New York Daily News, or one of the conservative New York papers? Of course it hurts the Times more to support their liberal-space competitor - all you've done is proven my point!

You are indeed logic-challenged lawhawk - I hope you have a back up career in mind... You ain't gonna make it as a lawyer.

I thought investigations ta... (Below threshold)

I thought investigations take anywhere from weeks to years, for it to take only months ain't half bad. I thought the New York Post was the conservative one...I thought all the primaries were over and done with, so why would they leak it AFTER the primaries?

Hey Lee, better not look out your venetian blinds, the vast right wing machine will see you pick your nose!

(on a side note, I thought, according to conspiracy guys, that the republican voting machines were those Diebolt touch-screens)

Who said he wants to be a l... (Below threshold)
Totally Matt:

Who said he wants to be a lawyer? He's a breeder of lawhawks, a particularly majestic species known for their beautiful plumage, disagreeable temperament, and wire-framed spectacles.

Henry, it's Diebol[d]. Whil... (Below threshold)
Totally Matt:

Henry, it's Diebol[d]. While there is no proof that I am aware of that anybody did so in 2000 or '04, the fact is that a moderately skilled computer programmer can break into them and alter the data accumulated and tabulated within in under two minutes.

I think it's reasonable to demand paper trails, which these stupid things lack, and I think it's a bipartisan issue. Or at least it should be. Respecting democracy is supposed to be important for Repubs and Dems.

Of course, it was the left ... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Of course, it was the left that bitched about using paper ballots in FL in 2000.

And a paper trail? Yeah, that works GREAT with the whole concept of a secret ballot.
-=Mike

Holland Tunnel LEAK?<... (Below threshold)
Everything that comes out o... (Below threshold)
leealso:

Everything that comes out of US media is right wing feed direct from the towers of power.
Nothing that comes out of US media is intended to inform or educate, it's all about PR control.
I notice as is so often the case, that the responses are invariably insults, slanders, ad homs or some other such right wing speciality in attacking the messenger, and ignoring the message.
Lee, my namesake, don't listen to these guys, they're probably being paid just over minimum wage to sit in little cubicles churning out hate mail and disinformation to various obscure websites and forums all over the world.(the Bush administration has ushered in the largest expansion of US gov't ever, and almost all of it comes from "security" hiring, ie Homeland security. They must be doing SOMETHING all day)
Until and unless they can come up with some facts instead of insults, they got nothin' but air, and it really shows in their responses.
Keep up the good fight.

Mr leealso, What y... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Mr leealso,

What you've just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

losers such as Son of Godfa... (Below threshold)
SoG is Ghey:

losers such as Son of Godfather just come here to post garbage. ignore all his posts and your on your way to enlightenment.
besides, his drug supplier, Rush Limbaugh, just got busted, so he's jonesing for some Viagra.

'Hi, my name is Son of Godfather. I'm a lot of fun to be with. Just ask me'

LOL... Wow! EXCELLENT resp... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

LOL... Wow! EXCELLENT response... Uhm... I'm tellin' mom?...

i have to acknowledge Son O... (Below threshold)
leealso:

i have to acknowledge Son Of The Godfather for illustrating my point so immediately, and clearly.




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