BERLIN (AP) - Three suspected Islamic militants were arrested for allegedly plotting "imminent" and "massive" attacks on the Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub, and Frankfurt's busy international airport, German authorities said Wednesday.
German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the three - two of whom were German converts to Islam - had trained at terror camps in Pakistan and procured some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives. And a top legislator said the group could have struck "in a few days," noting a "sensitive period" that includes the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Officials said the hydrogen peroxide, stored in a hideout, could have been mixed with other additives to produce a bomb with the explosive power of 1,200 pounds of TNT.
The three suspects - two Germans, aged 22 and 28, and a 29-year-old Turk - first came to the attention of authorities because they had been observing a U.S. military facility at the end of 2006, officials said. All three had undergone training at camps in Pakistan run by the Islamic Jihad Union, and had formed a German cell of the group.
"There was an imminent threat," German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told ARD broadcaster.
The three had no steady work and were drawing unemployment benefits while their main occupation was the plot, officials said. "This group distinguishes itself through its profound hatred of U.S. citizens," Ziercke said.
Wolfgang Bosbach, a top legislator for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said that "the suspects had been under observation by security officials for a long time"
"Consequently, we know without any doubt that they were planning attacks that would have had considerable consequences," he told N24 television, adding that the three had acquired chemicals for the plot.
Coming as it does the day after Larry Craig announces he may not resign, 2 days after President Bush visited Iraq, during the middle of an economic summit, 3 weeks before Karls roves resignation, less than a month after Alberto Gonzales resignation, the day after the Washington Post has a story that the Justice Department is investigating the former Attorney General, and a about a week before the Petraeus report I fully expect some people to start screaming about how this is an administration plot to distract from their all-encompassing failures. Or as they would say on Ace of Spades "I question the timing"
Not really. I mean yes the lunatic fringe will see this as a administration plot, but they see an administration plot in the offing if their hemorrhoids start to flare up, so all you can do is take them with a grain of salt.
Since I mentioned Larry Craig - It now comes out that Arlen Spector is advising him, which probably explains the sudden weasling on the resignation. Actually I am sure it does given there is a tape of him saying that since Spector is advising him he has deciding to reshape his statement.
I say again Spector is a complete turd.
Terrorism, Global War On Terror, Germany, Larry Craig, Arlen Spector