The New York Police Department's Paul J. Browne, said that the city's mass transit system was being assigned more more officers in "an 'abundance of caution.' "
And now, it's in the news: so a whole lot of people know about the possible plot.
Sounds good to me.
America's leaders may finally understand that Al Qaeda is a bigger threat than the FBI. (Quite a few of the discussions of FISA didn't do much to improve my opinion of America's congress ("FISA: Senate Decides Al Qaeda Bigger Threat than FBI").)
Of course, the federal officials involved were almost certainly in law enforcement and security: a somewhat more level-headed bunch, I think, than the politicos who are protecting us from Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover.
It's What We Haven't Seen, That's ImpressiveI think this sort of "abundance of caution" is a big part of the reason we haven't seen a replay of the 9/11 attack. Al Qaeda and like-minded groups are still quite eager to kill in support of their notion of Islam. The fighting in Mumbai right now shows that the war on terror is still very real.
What impresses me almost as much as the lack of a second major attack in America is the comparative lack of fussing about being warned about possible attacks. I have not heard of anyone complaining about how much money is being wasted by sending more cops to guard the New York subways.
That's InterestingOur old friend, the unnamed source, says that information about the planned attack comes from the tribal areas of Pakistan. Hardly surprising: Pakistan's government doesn't seem to have much control over that area, and has had a far from perfect record of cooperating with foreign powers like America, which are trying to help.
In the news:
- "Authorities on Alert After Report of Al Qaeda Plot"
The New York Times (November 26, 2008)
- "Al Qaeda may target New York trains, feds say"
CNN (November 26, 2008)
- "NY warns of possible al Qaeda attack"
Reuters (November 26, 2008)
- "FBI Warns of Possible Terror Plot Against New York City Subway During Holidays"
FOXNews (November 26, 2008)