"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, February 09, 2006
President Bush said the U.S.-led global war on terror has "weakened and fractured" al-Qaida and allied groups, outlining as proof new details about the multinational cooperation that foiled purported terrorist plans to fly a commercial airplane into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast.
Under the plot, the hijackers were to use shoe bombs to blow open the cockpit door of a commercial jetliner, take control of the plane and crash it into the Library Tower in Los Angeles, since renamed the US Bank Tower, Bush said. In his remarks, Bush inadvertantly referred to the site as "Liberty Tower," and immediately afterward, the White House corrected him.
Shoe bombs? WTF???!!?
So, it goes down like this - the hijackers nonchalantly take off their shoes, stack them next to the cockpit door, and light the fuses. No one, of course, notices or objects. Following the ensuing blast, which is powerful enough to blow away the hardened door but not so powerful as to seriously damage the plane, the wily terrorists (now armed only with their fearsome Bare Feet of Mass Destruction) overpower the cockpit crew and fly it into
Seriously - how did Deb Riechmann, the intrepid AP reporter, manage to get all this down without literally giggling herself to death?
Update: Oh, this is rich! When Faux News broadcast this story, they helpfully illustrated it with footage of Library Tower getting blowed up - taken from the movie "Independence Day"!
LibertyLibrary Tower (artist's rendering)
Now that's what I call journalism!
Second update: I don't know who "Alexis" is, but she's gonna get kicked out of the Kewl Kids Klub if she keeps asking hard questions:
Q Scott, I wanted to just ask a follow-up about the LA plot. Is there something missing from this story, a practical application, a few facts? Because if you want to commandeer a plane and fly it into a tower, if you used shoe bombs, wouldn't you blow off the cockpit? Or is there something missing from this story?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know what you're referring to about missing. I mean, I think we provided you a detailed briefing earlier today about the plot. And Fran Townsend, our Homeland Security Advisor, talked about it. So I'm not sure what you're suggesting it.
Q Think about it, if you're wearing shoe bombs, you either blow off your feet or you blow off the front of the airplane.
MR. McCLELLAN: There was a briefing for you earlier today. I think that's one way to look at it. There are a lot of ways to look at it, and she explained it earlier today, Alexis, so I would refer you very much back to what she said, what she said earlier today.