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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Be Afraid!

“Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.. No, really. If you aren’t really afraid then all of the hard work that the administration has done to scare the daylights out of you in order to get you to give up your Constitutional rights doesn’t make any sense. They need you to be scared enough to give up your freedoms so that you can, well, protect your freedoms. And that is understandable. I mean, there are terrorists out there. People who want to kill you. People who want you to suffer. Hard core terrorists like this..”

“A federal judge denied bond Wednesday for six men accused of plotting to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and other federal buildings.

The six, who have pleaded not guilty, were arrested June 22 in Miami as part of an undercover FBI sting. They are accused of seeking to support what they thought was an al Qaeda operative's effort to bomb FBI buildings in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington.”
-CBS News, July 5, 2006

“See? These men are fierce killers who would stop at nothing to kill Americans. Be afraid!”

“From the indictment it is clear that the men had no shortage of ambition, asking for al-Qaeda training to wage a ‘full ground war’ to ‘kill all the devils we can.’ To his end, the group asked the undercover agent for a wish-list of equipment that included boots, uniforms, machine guns, bullet-proof vests, radios and vehicles — as well as $50,000 in cash. The group's leader also provided the government agent with ‘a list of shoe sizes for the purchase of military boots for his 'soldiers'.”
-Time.com, June 23, 2006

“They had an al-Qaeda Christmas list? And it included boots? This was a dangerous terrorist threat from guys who couldn’t afford shoes? Hmm.. Maybe we should try again. The Chicago plot probably isn’t our best example. Let’s talk about the New York Holland Tunnel plot instead. Those guys were ruthless and ready to take out hundreds of Americans in one fell swoop.”

“A terrorist plot to set off explosives in the PATH railway tunnels under the Hudson River in October or November was disrupted in its planning stages, and several suspects in the plot have been apprehended, law enforcement officials said today.”
-New York Times, July 7, 2006

“See? We got the terrorists that time. All of our fears about terrorism were justified. Those people were hard-core.”

“One U.S. official called the plot ‘largely aspirational’ and described the Internet conversations as mostly extremists discussing and conceptualizing the plot. The official said no money had been transferred, nor had other similar operational steps been taken. […]
[CBS News correspondent Jim] Stewart reports his sources say that no one in the United States ever took part in the Internet conversations and that no one ever purchased any explosives or scouted the transit system.”
-CBS/AP, July 7, 2006

“Oh.. Apparently that dangerous plot was entirely took place in an internet chat room and had never made it past that level. There were no explosives, and no one had actually, you know, looked into actually blowing anything up. Other than that it was a serious threat.
Don’t worry though.. When the terrorists attack America will be ready. No matter where they attack us we will be prepared.”

“It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory, the Mule Day Parade, the Sweetwater Flea Market and an unspecified ‘Beach at End of a Street.’

But the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, in a report released Tuesday, found that the list was not child’s play: all these ‘unusual or out-of-place’ sites ‘whose criticality is not readily apparent’ are inexplicably included in the federal antiterrorism database.”
-New York Times, July 11, 2006

“Just remember: Be afraid and forget the words of one of our founding fathers.”

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin


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