February 09, 2006


Always the last to know:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent."

"I'm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels," the mayor told The Associated Press. "I don't expect a call from the president - but somebody."

Posted by binky at February 9, 2006 04:41 PM | TrackBack | Posted to You Can't Make This Stuff Up


W's making stuff up again. According to the LA">http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bush10feb10,0,5959471.story?coll=la-home-headlines">LA Times the terror plot from which he saved los Angeles didn't really exist:

Bush did not name the nation or the operative, but his decision to reveal even the most incremental details of the reported plot underscored the effort the White House has undertaken recently to defend its anti-terrorism policies.

The details did little to counter skepticism from Democrats and some law enforcement officials who have questioned whether the reported scheme had ever been put into operation before it was thwarted.

"It didn't go," said one U.S. official familiar with the operational aspects of the war on terrorism. "It didn't happen."

The official said he believed the Library Tower plot was one of many Al Qaeda operations that had not gone much past the conceptual stage. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying that those familiar with the plot feared political retaliation for providing a different characterization of the plan than that of the president.

Fear of retaliation. Nice.

Hat tip to Hoffmania.

Posted by: binky at February 10, 2006 12:55 PM | PERMALINK
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