NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal authorities said a plot by a suspected Muslim terrorist cell to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, its fuel tanks and a jet fuel artery could have caused "unthinkable" devastation.
But while pipeline and security experts agreed that such an attack would have crippled America's economy, particularly the airline industry, they said it probably would not have led to significant loss of life as intended.GOI: This plot was broken up by good, old fashioned police work and good intelligence--NOT because of the Iraq war or anything we're doing over there. I am convinced that if we leave Iraq and invest all that money into our police forces, other first responders and intelligence agencies that we could intercept a HUGE majority of terrorist plots. I have confidence that if some DO slip through the cracks and get into America that we will stop them. There is no way that we can stop everything though and we must understand that is the reality of our times. No threat can be stopped 100%.
This crap that the terrorists will follow us home rhetoric is inaccurate and insulting to our police forces and intelligence agencies. I'm sorry if I do not trust people who have been wrong on just about everything else they've said. Bush needs to stop reading, "My Pet Goat" and crack open the story of, "the boy who cried wolf." It also gives the picture that the terrorists are going to get in a bunch of pirate ships and sail the seven seas to reach America and invade us. Total scare tactics as usual.
Terrorists will get through on rare occasions but over-all we can shut them down from hitting us here.
That is where our concentration should be--not over in the middle of someone's sectarian civil war half a world away. Being there isn't protecting us from terrorists but rather creating MORE terrorists. We are inspiring them--we need to bring our troops home, beef up our borders, police forces, other first responders and rebuild our army.