Today the FBI warned local law enforcement agencies, in Chicago and L.A., of threats it has received concerning targeting of malls by Al Queda.
The alert said al Qaeda "hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years."
Law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com that the FBI received the information in late September and declassified it yesterday for wide distribution.
The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be "disinformation."
Just think how much of an effect a single bomb would have going off at only one location in either L.A. or Chicago. I believe it could be equally crippling if 10 went off simultaneously in either or both cities. The key is to instill fear and to cause economic damage. The threat alone may cause people to rethink their plans of going to their local mall for Christmas shopping.
These pieces of shit are pure evil and if water boarding resulted in the foiling of a plot to kill Americans then I would agree that the ends do indeed justify the means.
Remember Khalid Sheik Mohammad? from a Time Magazine, March 24, 2003 article:
Mohammed's cooperation has improved investigators' understanding of al-Qaeda's command-and-control structure. Sources say he has explained that at any time, the organization has open-ended plans for as many as two dozen attacks — mostly ideas proposed by field operatives and sanctioned and financed by Osama bin Laden's inner circle.
Mohammed's account dovetails with those of other detainees. Al-Qaeda schemes, now in various stages of development, run the gamut from old-fashioned truck bombings to assassinations to the dispersal of chemical and biological agents, sources say. He has underscored al-Qaeda's interest in spectacular attacks on landmarks such as the White House, the Israeli embassy in Washington, Chicago's Sears Tower and bridges in Manhattan, St. Louis and San Francisco.
This article was written prior to media knowledge of water boarding being used to retrieve this important information. It is now known that Khalid kept quite for 2 months but after 90 seconds of water being poured down his nose he sang like a canary.