Call me jaded, but I'm skeptical about the arrest of the Bible study group in Miami. It turns out, I'm not the only one.
We have this from anon in the comments over at "JTTR" Initial reports had the reportedly Islamic "terrorists" with Jamaican accents, studying the Bible, (the BIBLE?), practicing martial arts in a rented warehouse... if these are terrorists, we have nothing to fear; they have learned nothing.
This takedown comes at an awfully convenient time for the Bush administration. And it sure looks like these guys were led on by FBI/DHS provocateurs.
(Click here to read Ryan's original post
if you want a giggle. Spoiler alert: He thinks the Miami story proves that we should build a wall between the US and Hati. )
But what does some anon commenter know anyway? What I'd like to know is what terrorism specialists thinks about this?
Larry Johnson Says: Before you join the media horde trumpeting the arrests of alleged members of a fledgling Al Qaeda cell in Miami, a couple of notes of caution. Initial reports are usually wrong and hyped. Remember the arrest of the Army muslim chaplain:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Muslim chaplain in the U.S. Army has been arrested and is being investigated on suspicion of espionage and possibly treason, officials familiar with the case told CNN. Army Capt. James Yee was taken into custody by U.S. military authorities September 10 at the naval air station in Jacksonville, Florida, while in possession of classified documents "that a chaplain shouldn't have," an official told CNN, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Turns out Yee was innocent.
Remember the false arrest of an Oregon lawyer, a muslim and former Army officer?
Remember Richard Jewell, falsely accused for the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing?
Caution is the watch word. The good news is that law enforcement had penetrated this group. This calls into question the Administration's insistence that you can't fight terrorism as a law enforcement matter.Larry Johnson is the Managing Partner and founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. BERG that specializes in counter terrorism and money laundering investigations. Prior to forming BERG, Mr. Johnson worked with the Central Intelligence Agency (1985-1989) and the Department of State's Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorsim (1989-1993).TPM Cafe
Does anybody really believe anything that this administration says anymore? Shouldn't we all be a bit more like Joe Biden when it comes to listening to "news" out of BushCo?