Wednesday, September 22, 2004

From the battlefields of the war on terror 

Another scare in the sky:
"A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine today after passenger Yusuf Islam - formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens - showed up on a US watch list, a federal official said."
He threatened the passengers with singing.

Also, another one for the "war in Iraq made Australia more of terrorist target" file, with the news that one of the highest ranking al Qaeda operatives, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, had applied for Australian tourist visa, and indeed was granted one. In August 2001. For the benefit of Diana Kerry and Mark Latham, that's few weeks before September 11. Around that time, the invasion of Iraq was just a glimmer in Paul Wolfowitz's eye. I'm sure, though, that Khalid was only intending to come to Down Under Infidel Land for holidays. Just like the al Qaeda cell in Singapore which was videotaping Australian embassy in 2000 - they just like the architecture.


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