[lit-ideas] Terrorism Flashback

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 11:31:28 -0400

So while some of you guys were telling me that I was paying too much attention to terror alerts, was hysterical, and/or suffering from PTSD, al-Qaeda was indeed planning to attack my hometown. Ah, the comfortable nihilism of the suburbs!


Al-Qaeda 'planned US cyanide hit'

Al-Qaeda militants were within 45 days of launching a lethal cyanide attack on New York's subway system in early 2003, US intelligence sources suggest.

But the attack, masterminded by Saudi militants, was called off by Osama Bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The revelations are contained in a new book excerpted by Time magazine.

Unnamed US officials confirmed their knowledge of the plot to the New York Times. The city's underground was placed on high alert in February 2003.


Top US officials calculated that the casualties would be almost on a par with the 11 September 2001 attacks.

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