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Sometimes you get lucky and your enemy is completely retarded:
Israel’s Shin Bet counter-intelligence agency said one of the suspects had used his mobile phone to film helicopters at a sports stadium in Jerusalem that was used as a landing site for Bush’s delegation.
The suspect then posted queries on Web sites frequented by al Qaeda operatives, asking for guidance on how to shoot down the helicopters, the agency said in a statement.
Bush visited Israel in January and again in May.
Lawyers for the six suspects could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Shin Bet identified four of the suspects as Palestinian residents of Arab East Jerusalem and two as Israeli Arabs.
The Shin Bet said the men had met several times at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, seeking to organize a local al Qaeda network. The agency said computers seized from several of the suspects contained bomb-making manuals.
Plot is perhaps too strong a word but the interest was definitely there:
Israeli authorities have arrested six Arabs suspected of trying to build an al Qaeda-linked cell, including one person said to have asked about targeting President Bush’s helicopter.
These people might not be too swift but getting them behind bars is still critical. Stupid people can, and do, cause harm.
On a somewhat related note Bush is in Houston this afternoon. I happened to be working out in along part of his route (I had no idea he was going to be in the area) and was kind of freaked out by the massive number of cops, helicopters, and secret service who descended on the area. I won’t go into detail but it was impressive.