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Thursday, October 28, 2004

The October Surprise at last

posted by Jazz at 10/28/2004 03:59:00 PM

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We all knew it was coming. Not very surprising that it came from Drudge.

" CIA, FBI AUTHENTICATE NEW QAEDA TERROR TAPE; ABCNEWS EXECUTIVES CONSIDER POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF AIRING"

I won't give Drudge any more credibility by quoting the article, but here's the short and sweet version. Recently, ABC came into possession of a video tape of a person, apparently an American, claiming that the next 9/11 style attack was on the way, and that "the streets will run with blood." It goes on to say that America brought this on itself by electing George W. Bush. Now, supposedly, the intelligence agencies have verified the tape's authenticity.

As has been repeatedly reported, Bush's approval ratings go up every time a terror alert is issued. As long as they can keep people scared, they take their minds off of other issues, and go running to Bush who bills himself as the father figure to protect us from the bad men.

Four days before the election, this tape is suddenly confirmed by our intelligence agencies, eh? Ok... end of blogging for now. I have to run out and buy more duct tape and plywood.

Wait! Update Update! Check out the comments below from Instapundit. Apparently a news organization with a CIA source has disputed Drudge's claim.

Some other voices speak out on this story.

Whiskey at Captain's Quarters predictably wants ABC to run the story.

Instapundit starts out wanting the tape run, but then shares this rather startling message.

A CIA spokesperson whom I spoke to mere moments ago was very adamant in saying the ABC terror tape has ``not, not, not, not, not, not, not, not yet been authenticated.'' Thought you might like to know because, thanks to Drudge, a lot of people are getting this wrong.

Gee... you don't suppose a respected journalist like Drudge would make something up like a terror scare to boost Bush's numbers, do you?

Next, Outside the Beltway is rightly skeptical.