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11-09-2007, 06:08 AM
Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago

November 08, 2007 11:48 AM
(AuGmENTor: I don't get it. The economists are already saying how shitty the Christmas season is looking, and yet the same guys who tell us NOTHING will release a vaugue formless plan like this? Why?)
Richard Esposito and Vic Walter Report:

The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence report distributed to law enforcement authorities across the country this morning.

The alert said al Qaeda "hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years."

Law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com that the FBI received the information in late September and declassified it yesterday for wide distribution.

The alert, like similar FBI and Department of Homeland Security terror alerts issued over the past five years at holiday times, raised questions about the credibility of the information.

The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be "disinformation."

Law enforcement officials at three different agencies told ABCNews.com the FBI alert was based on a source who has proved reliable in the past.

The source reportedly had only "indirect access" to al Qaeda and word of the actual threat came to U.S. intelligence officers "through a lengthy chain" of contacts.

With the shopping season approaching, however, the FBI officials decided it was necessary to share the information.

For the past few years, jihadist chat rooms have regularly posted comments from anonymous individuals who have suggested or boasted about similar plans to attack such soft targets as shopping malls.

"Out of abundance of caution, and for any number of other reasons, raw intelligence is regularly shared within the intelligence and law enforcement communities -- even when the value of the information is unknown," said Special Agent Richard Kolko. "In the post-9/11 era, sharing information is our top priority. Al-Qa'ida messaging has clearly stated they intend to attack the U.S. or its interests; however, there is no information to state this is a credible threat. As always, we remind people to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities."

"We have no credible, specific information suggesting an imminent attack," a DHS official said.


11-09-2007, 05:54 PM
Anyone notice this "warning" once again came from the desk of The Blotter at ABC News? The CIA must have Brian Ross on speed dial.

Christmas shopping won't kill you. The debt from Christmas shopping will.

11-09-2007, 09:00 PM
I have no debt at all. Of course, I am also broke mist of the time staying that way. Notice how the stores are jumping the season extra early? I'm going a bit lighter than usual fer sure this year..

11-09-2007, 09:31 PM
Shoppers need to worry about there fellow fat ass cohorts before they should worry about al-Qaeda.



11-09-2007, 11:27 PM
I have no debt at all. Of course, I am also broke mist of the time staying that way. Notice how the stores are jumping the season extra early? I'm going a bit lighter than usual fer sure this year..

In recent years, I have resorted to making charitable donations instead of buying gifts.

Pay down your debts, my friends. It would seem to be a good idea (http://www.dsnews.com/view_story.cfm?id=1709):

In a market where fears over the subprime shakedown are spreading pessimism nationwide, Charles Merrill, the cousin of the man who founded Merrill Lynch & Co. (http://www.ml.com/), is predicting a stock market crash that will put the 1929 crash to shame.

Merrill, in an exclusive interview with a financial author, said, “There is going to be a major stock market crash, so protect your assets. Buy physical gold and hide it.”

Merrill also discussed all the changes at Merrill Lynch that indicate a potential market crises—even alluding to the company's chief executive officer, who stepped down this week.

“Merrill Lynch is crashing, due to the ineptness of the CEO,” Merrill said. “No matter who is running Merrill Lynch & Co., it's going to need a regimen of restraint and recuperation after getting badly bruised by the global credit market shakedown. I predict a house of dominos, and the whole stock market is going to crash.”

Lynch's less-than-encouraging remarks were part of an interview with writer Michael Grace, who is writing a book called, “The Final Great Depression.”

During the interview, Merrill concluded, “There is so much wealth in Palm Springs ... from inherited to funny money, and I'm advising my friends to buy gold. Grace's book on the 'final depression' sounds like a novel or fantasy but unfortunately it is a picture of our horrible future here in America. My cousin Charlie must be turning over in his grave.”

11-10-2007, 12:11 AM
Even if I HAD debt, I wouldn't be too awfully worried about it. Then again, I don't know what the plan is for eople in debt. I don't think the non debtors are just gonna live happily ever after either if'n you catch my drift...

11-10-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm doing all my shopping at Muslim malls ....is Glen-YaYaYaYaYaYa a good scotch ...the sultan on the label says so ... and is Tickle-Me-Achmed really made from C4?