wiretap law foiled German terror plot, say U.S. intel officials

WASHINGTON - Top intelligence leaders boasted that a new
wiretap law helped foil a terror plot in Germany, as Al Qaeda
threatened another video from Osama Bin Laden for today's 9/11

Al Qaeda's media wing, As-Sahab, posted a banner ad on jihadi Web sites promoting a second clip of Bin Laden in five days.

Word of another tape by Bin Laden came as intelligence czar Mike
McConnell said a "long process of monitoring and observation" zeroed in
on Al Qaeda-linked suspects arrested last week.


The plotters -
who allegedly targeted Americans and military bases - were secretly
monitored under a new law that temporarily allows the National Security
Agency to intercept e-mails overseas that pass through U.S. switches,
he testified.

The warrantless snooping led American investigators
to "realizing that the perpetrators had actually obtained explosive
liquids, hydrogen peroxide, which they would condense, or try to
condense, to an explosive," he said.

McConnell, the director of national intelligence, also offered new details about Al Qaeda efforts to penetrate the U.S.

He said Al Qaeda has "not yet been successful infiltrating" America since 9/11.

a speech in New York last week, CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden
described the intelligence as "less certain" as to whether Al Qaeda has
planted operatives inside the country. In July, intelligence officials
said they had detected no Al Qaeda cells in the U.S. since the 2001

McConnell also conceded that past assessments were wrong
about Al Qaeda being so decimated that it had disintegrated into
loosely affiliated terror groups.

"It almost takes on the connotation of a franchise."

hearing took a bizarre turn as lawmakers debated cosmetics with the
counterterror officials. They pondered Bin Laden's noticeably darker
whiskers in a video released late last week and demanded to know why
mascara gets confiscated at airports.



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McConnell admitted that he LIED about this last year.

Why do you hate the Constitution?

Pink Slip

law. So you would rather wait wait for a warrant than for us to listen
to International transmissions. You probably agree with John Kerry that
Bin Laden gets access to a lawyer and American court if we arrest him.
Why do you protect terrorists ?

So you would rather wait wait for a warrant than for us to listen
to International transmissions

You don't need a warrant for that, and no one is suggesting that. Do your homework.

Pink Slip

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