Under the headline:
CHILLING PLOT FOR 9/11 II
New York Post readers found out that
Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq planned to sneak into the United States with student visas and carry out a devastating new round of 9/11-style attacks [...]Whoa! It's a major emergency, right?
Well, not exactly...
Details of the frightening copycat plot were discovered in documents found about six months ago when coalition forces raided an insurgent hideout in Iraq, ABC News reported.OK, what do we know about this?
Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently submitted written testimony to Congress based on a classified report that revealed al Qaeda "was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."Well of course Maples gave no details -- and it's not even clear whether the documents about which he spoke were found or fabricated.
Maples gave no details but sources told ABC the plot may have involved as many as 20 terrorists slipping in to the United States using student visas - just like some of the 19 conspirators who carried out the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
The terror scheme was discovered in its early stages and there is no sign that any plotters reached the United States, the sources said.So was the headline justified?
Elsewhere in the world, real news agencies reported that the so-called plot was "more aspirational than operational" and that the group was "years away from pulling it off".
And despite the hysterical headline, the "frightening copycat" aspect of the alleged "terror plot" seems to have consisted of nothing more than the notion that the would-be terrorists might try to slip into the USA on student visas.
In other words, it wasn't a "copycat plot" at all.
9/11 II? Hardly!
But what does the New York Post care? Fear sells papers, and since there are no longer any standards in American journalism, what's the harm?
If you had no independent thoughts of your own, if all you knew of this so-called "terror plot" came from media coverage -- not just the Post but the American "news" media generally, you might be tempted to think this so-called "terror plot" was surprising...
...as if we could invade and destroy a country of 28 million people, and occupy the place for nearly four years going on forever, without causing any of the natives to start thinking -- and maybe even talking -- about how fantastic it would be if just one small chunk of this great big awful war could be fought in the land of the invaders.