Friday, July 09, 2004

Catastrophic Effects?

Who will win this battle? Will Bin Laden be caught before the election or will he "inflict catastrophic effects"? And what are you and I doing about effecting that result by our prayers?

From The New York Times > Washington > Bin Laden Is Said to Be Organizing for a U.S. Attack:

"Counterterrorism officials have said for weeks that they are increasingly worried by a continuing stream of intelligence suggesting that Al Qaeda wanted to carry out a significant terror attack on United States soil this year. But until the comments of the senior administration officials on Thursday, it was not clear that Mr. bin Laden and top deputies like Ayman Zawahiri were responsible for the concern.

Another senior administration official said on Thursday that the intelligence reports - apparently drawn partly from interviews with captured Qaeda members and partly from other intelligence - referred to efforts 'to inflict catastrophic effects' before the election.

This official said that the reports did not refer specifically to Mr. bin Laden's instructions or desires, but did make clear that instructions were coming from Qaeda leaders. 'It sounds like a corporate effort,' the official said."