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Thursday, August 10, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via CNN: Security chief: Airline terror plot ‘close to execution’

errorists were in the final stages of planning to blow up planes heading from the United Kingdom to the United States, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday.

The plans were “suggestive of an al Qaeda plot,” he said.

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Chertoff said the plan was reminiscent of a plot by 9/11 coordinator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in 1999, who had envisioned detonating bombs on 11 airlines possibly traveling over the Pacific Ocean.

An NPR reporter also noted that the plot seemed to include 9 to 10 planes, probably American Airlines.

In regards to al Qaeda, the question remains as to what that would mean, given the amorphous nature of the organization. To me the operative question would be how much this is a plot that was coordinated from outside Britain in a way similar to the 911 attacks or if it was a homegrown group which had sympathies to al Qaeda, as appeared to be the case with the London subway bombings.

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