Via TPMmuckraker, we learn that the US hurried the British on arresting those airline hijackers:
NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.Last week, you may recall the Bush administration and Joe Lieberman (who just had his ass handed to him in last week's primary vote) tried to tie the airline plot bust with their own sagging political fortunes. Which is sick, but completely predictable. As in, 'Gee, I think the sun will rise in the East, and the Bush administration will try and use something to their own political advantage, whether or not doing so betrays their sociopathic lack of ethics." That kind of predictable.
A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.
In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.
So did they move the Brits to bust that plot just so they could help themselves, and their old buddy Joe out? Just to give Bush the opportunity to talk about his favorite subject (despite the fact that a majority of American no longer trust Bush to handle terrorism)?
But they know how to milk the media like a cow.
They know that jouranlists have an F5 key that reads "this polls well for Republicans, while Democrats are in disarray" at just the time when the consensus they've connived us all into believing was falling apart--Lebanon is on fire, Iraq is an open civil war, and Joe Lieberman gets knocked out at the polls despite his every attempt to cling to power like a vampire. So while I hate to think that our elected representatives woulds stoop to something like this, I do notice that as I type this, the sun did rise in the East this morning, as is its wont.