Al Qaeda Targets U.S. Shopping Malls This Holiday Season

ABC’s, the Blotter reports that the FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be planning a series of holiday attacks at shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence bulletin distributed this morning to law enforcement authorities across the country.

The alert said al Qaeda “hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years.”

Law enforcement officials tell that the FBI received the information in late September and declassified it yesterday for wide distribution.

The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be “disinformation.”

Al Qaeda doesn’t necessarily have to spill any blood at all on our soil in order to disrupt our economy. And they know it.

Law enforcement officials at three different agencies told the FBI alert was based on a source who has proved reliable in the past.

The source reportedly had only “indirect access” to al Qaeda and word of the actual threat came to U.S. intelligence officers “through a lengthy chain” of contacts.

With the shopping season approaching, however, the FBI officials decided it was necessary to share the information.

Bryan at Hot Air says:

I’m sure we’ll hear a deafening questioning of the timing about this shortly.


3rd commenter at the Blotter:

Hmm…economy on the rocks, Bush’s disapproval rating hits a record high, dissatisfaction with Iraq hits a record high…BOOGA BOOGA! Terror! Al Qaeda! Look over there!

Wow! That didn’t take long at all!

H/T: Hot Air

Truly Awful: “Run Gore Run”

Seriously, what’s more scary, the threat of Global Warming, or the threat of folk music becoming popular again?

A blogger at the Washington Times posted this profoundly disturbing video on a post about how some Draft Gore supporters in Iowa had to cancel their concert due to lack of interest.

Folk singer, Paul Kaplan, who wrote this abomination in Gore’s honor, was going to sing at the event.

Peter Ryder of Cedar Rapids told me there are two reasons the rally and concert won’t go on as planned, despite folk singer Paul Kaplan writing an original song in Gore’s honor. The idea was to “send a message to Al Gore there is a tremendous surge of feeling about you running, but after he won the Nobel Peace Prize, he really got that message pretty loud and clear,” Ryder said.

I’m afraid I have to call B.S. on that. What does the Nobel Peace Prize committee’s choice to honor Gore for his Global Warming malarkey, have to do with what Americans think about him running, again?

Given the importance of Iowa for the declared Democratic candidates, “we felt it would be difficult to sell the number of tickets to make the whole thing financially viable,” Ryder added.

What’s really sad, is the liberal blogger was not trying to be ironic in tone, but both Drudge, and Hot Air, and probably some others, too, have linked to the site, and she’s being bombarded with Conservative commenters laughing at the whole thing.

Predictably, global warming and the 2000 election debates have ensued with the conservatives outnumbering the “reality based” about 20 to 1.

Some commenter reviews of the song :

Wow. That songs sucks almost as much as most of Gore’s ideas.

I wouldn’t pay even a nickle from a child’s toy cash register for a ticket to his stupid concert.

Sheesh…How embarrassing. Yes, Al. Run as far as you can from political office. No one wants you there but goofy, folksy people.

I’ve heard better sounds coming out of public restrooms.

And my personal favorite:

Seems like he may have taken a “Puff” from the “Magic Dragon” before writing it, eh?