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New York subway terror alert was lie from US agent in Iraq



*** US officials have admitted that the threat of "terrorism" on the New York subway was a hoax staged by an pro-US agent in Iraq. The US regime routinely uses friendly "sources" to fabricate intelligence, feeding it to the mass media to create headlines that inevitably influence public opinion, and clearly do so in a direction that is convenient for the state agenda. The most famous recent examples are the pre-war claims that Iraq obtained uranium ore for nuclear weapons, and the claim that Iraq could launch WMD against British targets within 45 minutes, for which the primary sources were Ayad Allawi, Ahmad Chalabi, and other anti-Saddam activists who were rewared with senior positions in the new Iraqi regime. ***

New York subway threat was a hoax, security sources admit

The alleged terror threat that sparked a big security alert on New York's trains and subway last week turned out to be a hoax concocted by an unreliable US informant in Iraq, it emerged yesterday.

Uniformed and undercover police descended on the city's subway system on Friday after what was described as a "specific threat" that a terror cell was planning to explode bombs concealed in pushchairs, suitcases and rucksacks. At one point a section of Penn Station was sealed off as security staff wearing chemical hazard suits investigated a "soupy green substance" found in a Pepsi bottle. It turned out be a cleaning substance.

But security sources yesterday told CNN that an informant in Iraq had admitted giving false information. Law enforcement officials said last week that the person who passed along the New York tip also gave information which led to the arrests of three al-Qaida suspects in Musayyib, south of Baghdad, said to have links to the alleged plot.
But yesterday government sources said the three men had been interviewed and two underwent lie detector tests showing they knew nothing about such a plan.

From the beginning some federal officials questioned the credibility of the plot, describing it as "specific yet non-credible". Some officials privately criticised the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, for overreacting to the alert, which came the day after George Bush claimed 10 big al-Qaida attacks had been thwarted since September 11 2001.

Law enforcement officials also told the New York Times yesterday that the investigation in Iraq had found no evidence that a plot was in motion or being actively contemplated. The officials said after taking the three men into custody last week they found no fake passports, no travel documents, no viable travel route to New York, and no apparent contact with people in New York. They said the informant had been right eight of the 15 times he gave information to his Defence Intelligence Agency handlers. He was right about information in Iraq and wrong mostly about actions elsewhere. "The process is not a clean one here. Ever," one official told the newspaper.

Mr Bloomberg said the extraordinary measures put in place last week, including police on every train, would be relaxed, but that the city would continue many of the safeguards it has taken to protect since the London bombings in July.


SOURCE

The Guardian, "New York subway threat was a hoax, security sources admit", 12 October 2005.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1590005,00.html


FURTHER READING

Daily Telegraph, "How the 45-minute claim got from Baghdad to No 10", 7 December 2003.
http://www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/07/wirq107.xml
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    From there it was passed by Dr Allawi to intelligence officers at the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in Vauxhall and the CIA station chief at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, from where it went to the CIA's headquarters in Langley.
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BBC News, "Chalabi: From prize to pariah", 26 May 2004.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3749867.stm
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    To be fair, Mr Chalabi's was not the only exile group furnishing intelligence.
    The Iraqi National Accord came up with the contact on the famous 45 minutes claim, for instance.
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    If the information was dodgy, says Mr Chalabi, the Americans should have checked it out more thoroughly.
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BBC News, "White House 'warned over Iraq claim'", 9 July 2003.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3056626.stm
    The CIA warned the US Government that claims about Iraq's nuclear ambitions were not true months before President Bush used them to make his case for war, the BBC has learned.
    Doubts about a claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from the African state of Niger were aired 10 months before Mr Bush included the allegation in his key State of the Union address this year, a CIA official has told the BBC.
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