Fri, Jun 23, 2006
'Intelligence Correct, Assessment Flawed'
Was Australia a terrorist target three years ago? The government
in Canberra says... nope.
That contradicts an intelligence report from the US, that says
al-Qaeda terrorists planned to hijack aircraft and crash them into
buildings in Australia, the US, Britain and Italy.
The report suggested terrorists would hide bombs inside cameras,
and disguise tasers as flash attachments.
Now, however, even the US Department of Homeland Security says
that while the intelligence was essentially correct... the
assessment of that information was flawed, and later changed.
"We have no information to indicate that Australia was or has
ever been implicated in that particular plot," a spokeswoman for
Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock told the Australian
Still,if the information was indeed correct -- regardless of the
assessment -- it's an indication that terrorists still find
aircraft alluring targets... and weapons.
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