NYC Tunnel Plot Investigation Leaked to Reporters
Rep. Peter King says there is a reason he has not talked about this jihadist investigation until now…
US Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said investigations into the bomb plot by federal and New York officials had been ongoing for nine or 10 months and involved plans of “very excruciating” detail.(AFP/Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
An ongoing investigation into a plot to blow up New York City transportation tunnels was leaked to reporters today:
Authorities have disrupted planning by foreign terrorists for an attack on New York City tunnels, two law enforcement officials said Friday.
FBI agents monitoring Internet chat rooms used by extremists learned in recent months of the plot to strike a blow at the city’s economy by destroying vital transportation networks, one official said.
Lebanese authorities, acting on a U.S. request, have arrested one of the alleged plotters, identified as Amir Andalousli, the other official said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.
A senior Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was arrested a month ago. He said his real name is as Assem Hammoud, and that the native of Beirut admitted to the plot.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “This is one instance where intelligence was on top of its game and discovered the plot when it was just in the talking phase.”
The planning for the tunnel attacks was first reported by the New York Daily News in its Friday editions, the first anniversary of the attacks on the London transportation system that killed 52 people.
The planning was not far along, one U.S. official said, but authorities “take aspirations of that sort seriously.”
“At this time we have no indication of any imminent threat to the New York transportation system, or anywhere else in the U.S.,” Richard Kolko, Washington-based FBI special agent, said in a statement to Associated Press Radio.
Last month, authorities announced the arrests of seven men in Miami and Atlanta in the early stages of a plot to blow up the Sears Tower and other buildings in the United States. That plan was described by deputy FBI director John Pistole at the time as aspirational, rather than operational.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said that federal law enforcement and New York police have been monitoring a plot to attack New York’s mass transit system for at least eight months.
“There was nothing imminent, but it was being monitored for long period of time,” said King, who said he has received regular intelligence briefings on the alleged plot as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
King said he had been unable to publicly disclose the plot because to do so would risk the investigation.
“This is ongoing, that’s why I’ve said nothing about it until now,” King said. “It would have been better if this had not been disclosed.”
The intent of the terror plot was to strike a blow to the city’s vital transportation networks. The planned tunnel bombing quite possibly could have flooded out the Wall Street financial district.
Ranting Profs notes a peculiar Al Qaeda habit.
Captain Ed reports that the death of Zarqawi not only made things better in Iraq but made America safer.
A J Strata says that the investigation was spoiled by the leaks at the New York Times.
Hat Tip Larwyn
Pundit Guy adds that the Left is already mocking the breakup of the terror plot.