"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen
Thursday, July 29, 2004
The New Republic has updated an article from a few days back:
The New Republic Online: July Surprise?: "[Editor's Note: This afternoon, Pakistan's interior minister, Faisal Saleh Hayyat, announced that Pakistani forces had captured Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian Al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The timing of this announcement should be of particular interest to readers of The New Republic. Earlier this month, John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman, and Massoud Ansari broke the story of how the Bush administration was pressuring Pakistani officials to apprehend high-value targets (HVTs) in time for the November elections--and in particular, to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Although the capture took place in central Pakistan 'a few days back,' the announcement came just hours before John Kerry will give his acceptance speech in Boston.]
So far, the Pakistani spokesman isn't saying much:
"Pakistan has arrested a senior al Qaeda figure with a bounty of up to $25 million on his head, Interior Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat told CNN television Thursday.
So, who wants to start a pool on which of the FBI's"Most Wanted Terrorists" this is? They've all got rewards of up to $25 million, so it could be anybody.
I'll bet he's classified as the "mastermind of 9/11", though, no matter who it is. We've only caught "the mastermind of 9/11" two or three times now.
And if this is bin Laden, I have this to say: What took so long? And was allowing Pakistan to spread nuclear arms technology around the world worth it? Because that was the payoff for this.
Update: So, it isn't bin Laden. It's Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani:
"Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat identified the man as Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and said he was a Tanzanian national wanted for the synchronized bombings that killed more than 200 people at the U.S. embassy in Kenya and 11 at the embassy in Tanzania."He's Number 8 on the list. posted by lazarus | 15:03 | |
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