Facts Are Stubborn Things

Facts Are Stubborn Things #1

According to the L.A. Times on 8/20/03 “There was speculation that the U.N. may have been attacked because Vieira de Mello had recently expressed support for U.S. policy and the new Iraqi Governing Council.” So how come this relevent piece of information was completely absent from the TV News coverage of the Baghdad attack on the U.N.?

Could it be that they want us to see no other explanation than “an evil expression of these terrorists...an attack against all humanity” as Akila Al-Hashimi of the U.S. picked Iraqi Governing Council was quoted as saying in that same article.

Of course she'll say anything. Back in February when she still worked for Saddam she told the Arab League “the defense of Iraq is now the defense of the civilized world.” Sure she worked for Saddam, but now she's our Joe. Why should anybody doubt our democratic intentions or her intergity?

As a matter of fact the United Nations has recently moved away from all pretense of opposition to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Just days before this attack, on August 15th, the U.N. passed a resolution that ``welcomes the establishment of the broadly representative Governing Council of Iraq.” That is another point over looked by the media in its frenzy to report the “terrorist act” against the U.N.

Well the fact is that by expressing support for a regime installed by a foreign invader purely by force of arms they were taking sides in a war. And now they are Shocked, Shocked to find that they are the target of attack.

President Bush called this a terrorist attack since the war is over, but the FBI has identified the bomb as about 1000 lbs. of military explosives from Saddam's army.

Recently Bush was responsible for exploding a bomb at least 20 times as big in Baghdad. Hey the “Mother Of All Bombs” as they liked to call it was just the largest of thousands he sent. But that wasn't terrorism because the TV just showed us the fireworks, not the carnage on the ground. Beside he was just doing what he had to do to rid Iraq of Weapons of Mass Destruction er I mean Freeing the Iraqi People.

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Kill Fallouja: I need someone to chair the next Lula meeting

Kill Fallouja: My Letter Of Resignation

I started Linux Users Los Angeles [Lula] eight years ago when Linux was a baby and needed all the friends it could get. I saw in Linux and it's “free as in 'beer', and free as in 'speech' philosophy a tool with vast potential for the liberation of humanity.

I have been the president of LULA for all of those years and have helped it grow and strive. My one regret is that more and more it has become an insular collection of geeks that can get along just fine without me.

I need someone to chair the next Lula meeting. I have made requests to a number of leading members but so far no one has said they can do it.

I won’t be there because I will be showing my new video 'Oops: A Tragedy Of Errors - News Clips From The Iraq War' to the LA Answer Coalition. I personally feel this is more important because most likely while the two groups are having their simultaneous meetings the United States of America will be committing mass murder in Fallouja.

The U.S. Marines are doing it now. And Linux is their little helper. Linux was embedded with the troops before the media ever knew what the word meant. There is no cease-fire. We keep helicopters, drones and aircraft over Fallouja 24/7. U.S. Marine snipers shoot anything that moves. Hospitals are bombed, ambulances are shot up. Children are shot in the back. Men who try to leave Fallouja are turned back

Cease-Fire American Style

But the cease-fire allows the Marines to carry out defensive operations within the city, which they define as, among other things, allowing fire on insurgents who display weapons, break the curfew or move their forces toward U.S. troops.” LA Times, 4/17/04 p. A6.

So these are the “cease-fire” rules of engagement. Let’s even allow that as we are bringing them democracy, all Iraqi’s lose any right to bear arms on pain summary execution. And it’s a given that even though we don’t yet control Fallouja, we intend to enforce a curfew by shooting on sight. But please tell me Mr. United States Marine how can you tell whether it’s an unarmed insurgent or an innocent civilian that is breaking the curfew? And since you have the city completely encircled, how can the citizens of Fallouja move at all without moving towards U.S. troops? I guess they can hop up and down and call it 'Freedom'.

Read the paper. Read between the lines.

Sniping experts – there are several here with the Marines – say there may not have been such a “target-rich” battlefield since the World War II battle for Stalingrad.” LA Times again. So if from behind the riflescope Fallouja looks like Stalingrad while the Nazi’s lay siege to it, who does that make the U.S. Marine look like that uses the sniper rifle?

21 year old Marine says of Fallouja “It’s a sniper’s dream” LA. Times again.

Despicable, just despicable!

The US Marines have undertaken to subdue Fallujah, west of Baghdad, apparently without regard for civilian casualties.” The Independent, 4/15/04

Cease-fire American style just means they aren’t using the artillery; they aren’t dropping cluster bombs and using Gatling guns from AC-130 gunships. Yet.

Hachim Hassani, an Internet entrepreneur from Culver City, CA and member of the Iraqi Governing Council has been in Fallouja all week trying to negotiate a peace. [I wonder if he ever came to a Lula meeting.] He’s afraid the Americans are just letting him hold the meetings so they can say they tried everything before the slaughter. LA Times, 4/15/04, A9. His fears are justified.

The truth is that Bush and his Crew were as wrong about the Iraqi people Greeting Us as Liberators as they were about Weapons of Mass Destruction. But that doesn’t mean we can just pick up and leave from where we aren’t wanted.

There’s no WMD and there’s no more Saddam Hussein but the whole of Iraq is in revolt against the occupation. Don’t believe the story that it is only 6,000 or so of Sadr's Mahdi Army and “a couple thousand” “terrorist” “foreign fighters” and “Baathist Loyalist” in Fallouja that somehow have our well armed force of over 130,000 so over extended that leaves are cancelled. Don’t believe the lies! See what the new game plan is.

If they Don’t Want Us To Liberate them, We Can Rule Through Terror

Even if we can’t get their telephone system back up and running a year after we bombed it into oblivion, we can rule Iraq through fear and terror. So to get the situation under control before the U.S. presidential elections somebody has to be made an example of. And that somebody is Fallouja, a city of 300,000 people.

The CentCom media blitz about the four contractors killed in Fallouja is just the cover story to prepare the American public to accept the mass murder they have decided is necessary. They say they just want the terrorist who killed and mutilated the bodies of the four armed civilian contractors, i.e. mercenary soldiers. This is a damn lie.


The Iraqi's who killed and those that mutilated are two separate groups. The four mercenaries were killed by resistance fighters and left on the field. Others mutilated the bodies. Not that anything can justify such behavior, but it could be more easily understood had the press reported on the massacre of 15 Iraqis by the new sheriff in town, the U.S. Marines, on that very same street the week before.

The Marines say they just want a handful of 'bad guys' and for this so far they have killed over 600 people including at least 46 children under 5. But wait. The real slaughter has not yet begun.

Today the 'cease-fire' still holds but we Americans are an impatient lot. The Marines warn that this situation can't go on much longer. Soon negotiations will break down and the Marines will be 'forced' to go in, guns a blazing. And they will do it with your tax dollars and your technology and your acquiescence. You will meet and discuss “Setting up a compile cluster with distcc” at 7:00PM Tuesday. It will be morning in Fallouja. They’ll be picking up their dead again.

A lot of people have been making comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam as of late. According to Robert F. McNamara, who as Secretary of Defense from 1960 to 1967 was in a good position to know, 3,400,000 people died in the Vietnam War. So this is the question the comparison poses for me:

How many this time? How many this time?

I once had high hopes for Linux. I felt sure it could make a real contribution to the success of humanity, now more and more I have my doubts. I have a real and growing fear that if the Mr. Smith’s of Linux have their way, in the future they will look back and say “Wasn’t it nice that so many smart people worked to hard for free to forge their own chains.”

I feel that Lula no longer reflects the vision I have had for it and has in fact belittled itself as an organization for change and progress. I cannot attend Tuesday night's meeting, in fact I would be a shamed to in view of what our country is doing in Iraq. Therefore I am resigning as the president of Linux Users Los Angeles effective 7:00PM April 20, 2004.

Rights and the Mailing List

Rights. You have rights. But you have responsibilities too. And you have no right to sit on your ass while your country commits atrocities.

Today we remember the Holocaust. The real shame of the Germans was that they allowed a bad leader to hijack the very considerable resources of their country to do some really horrible things while they when on with user group meetings and such as usual.

Clay Claiborne

April 19, 2004

Kill Fallouja: My Letter Of Resignation

I started Linux Users Los Angeles [Lula] eight years ago when Linux was a baby and needed all the friends it could get. I saw in Linux and it's "free as in 'beer', and free as in 'speech' philosophy" a tool with vast potential for the liberation of humanity. I have been the president of LULA for all of those years and have helped it grow and strive. My one regret is that more and more it has become an insular collection of geeks that can get along just fine without me.

I need someone to chair the next Lula meeting. I won't be there because I will be showing my new video 'Oops: A Tragedy Of Errors - News Clips From The Iraq War' to the LA Answer Coalition. I personally feel this is more important because most likely while the two groups are having their simultaneous meetings the United States of America will be committing mass murder in Fallouja.

The U.S. Marines are doing it now. And Linux is their little helper. Linux was embedded with the troops before the media ever knew what the word meant. There is no cease-fire. We keep helicopters, drones and aircraft over Fallouja 24/7. U.S. Marine snipers shoot anything that moves. Hospitals are bombed, ambulances are shot up. Children are shot in the back. Men who try to leave Fallouja are turned back

Cease-Fire American Style

"But the cease-fire allows the Marines to carry out defensive operations within the city, which they define as, among other things, allowing fire on insurgents who display weapons, break the curfew or move their forces toward U.S. troops." LA Times, 4/17/04 p. A6.

So these are the "cease-fire" rules of engagement. Let's even allow that as we are bringing them democracy, all Iraqi's lose any right to bear arms on pain summary execution. And it's a given that even though we don't yet control Fallouja, we intend to enforce a curfew by shooting on sight. But please tell me Mr. United States Marine how can you tell whether it's an unarmed insurgent or an innocent civilian that is breaking the curfew? And since you have the city completely encircled, how can the citizens of Fallouja move at all without moving towards U.S. troops? I guess they can hop up and down and call it 'Freedom'.

Read the paper. Read between the lines.

"Sniping experts - there are several here with the Marines - say there may not have been such a 'target-rich' battlefield since the World War II battle for Stalingrad." LA Times again. So if from behind the riflescope Fallouja looks like Stalingrad while the Nazi's lay siege to it, who does that make the U.S. Marine look like that uses the sniper rifle?

21 year old Marine says of Fallouja "It's a sniper's dream." LA. Times again.

Despicable, just despicable!

"The US Marines have undertaken to subdue Fallujah, west of Baghdad, apparently without regard for civilian casualties." The Independent, 4/15/04

Cease-fire American style just means they aren't using the artillery; they aren't dropping cluster bombs and using Gatling guns from AC-130 gunships. Yet.

Hachim Hassani, an Internet entrepreneur from Culver City, CA and member of the Iraqi Governing Council has been in Fallouja all week trying to negotiate a peace. [I wonder if he ever came to a Lula meeting.] He's afraid the Americans are just letting him hold the meetings so they can say they tried everything before the slaughter. LA Times, 4/15/04, A9. His fears are justified.

The truth is that Bush and his Crew were as wrong about the Iraqi people Greeting Us as Liberators as they were about Weapons of Mass Destruction. But that doesn't mean we can just pick up and leave from where we aren't wanted.

There's no WMD and there's no more Saddam Hussein but the whole of Iraq is in revolt against the occupation. Don't believe the story that it is only 6,000 or so of Sadr's Mahdi Army and "a couple thousand" "terrorists" "foreign fighters" and "Baathist Loyalists" in Fallouja that somehow have our well armed force of over 130,000 so over extended that leaves are cancelled. Don't believe the lies! See what the new game plan is.

If they Don't Want Us To Liberate them, We Can Rule Through Terror

Even if we can't get their telephone system back up and running a year after we bombed it into oblivion, we can rule Iraq through fear and terror. So to get the situation under control before the U.S. presidential elections somebody has to be made an example of. And that somebody is Fallouja, a city of 300,000 people.

The CentCom media blitz about the four contractors killed in Fallouja is just the cover story to prepare the American public to accept the mass murder they have decided is necessary. They say they just want the terrorists who killed and mutilated the bodies of the four armed civilian contractors, i.e. mercenary soldiers. This is a damn lie.

The Iraqi's who killed and those that mutilated are two separate groups. The four mercenaries were killed by resistance fighters and left on the field. Others mutilated the bodies. Not that anything can justify such behavior, but it could be more easily understood had the press reported on the massacre of 15 Iraqis by the new sheriff in town, the U.S. Marines, on that very same street the week before.

The Marines say they just want a handful of 'bad guys' and for this so far they have killed over 600 people including at least 46 children under 5 . But wait. The real slaughter has not yet begun.

Today the 'cease-fire' still holds but we Americans are an impatient lot. The Marines warn that this situation can't go on much longer. Soon negotiations will break down and the Marines will be 'forced' to go in, guns a blazing. And they will do it with your tax dollars and your technology and your acquiescence. You will meet and discuss "Setting up a compile cluster with distcc" at 7:00PM Tuesday. It will be morning in Fallouja. They'll be picking up their dead again.

A lot of people have been making comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam as of late. According to Robert F. McNamara, who as Secretary of Defense from 1960 to 1967 was in a good position to know, 3,400,000 people died in the Vietnam War . So this is the question the comparison poses for me:

How many this time? How many this time?

I once had high hopes for Linux. I felt sure it could make a real contribution to the success of humanity, now more and more I have my doubts. I have a real and growing fear that if the Mr. Smith's of Linux have their way, in the future they will look back and say "Wasn't it nice that so many smart people worked to hard for free to forge their own chains."

I feel that Lula no longer reflects the vision I have had for it and has in fact belittled itself as an organization for change and progress. I cannot attend Tuesday night's meeting, in fact I would be ashamed to in view of what our country is doing in Iraq. Therefore I am resigning as the president of Linux Users Los Angeles effective 7:00PM April 20, 2004.

On Rights and the Mailing List

Rights. You have rights. But you have responsibilities too. And you have no right to sit on your ass while your country commits atrocities.

Today we remember the Holocaust. The real shame of the Germans was that they allowed a bad leader to hijack the very considerable resources of their country to do some really horrible things while they when on with user group meetings and such as usual.

Clay Claiborne
April 19, 2004

Linux Beach

Racist Arnold

Why has Arnold

Schwar enegger called Black

Athletes "Nigger"

and why hasn't the mainstream

media reported this?




XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2003 18:10:09 ET XXXXX

SECOND BLACK BODYBUILDER CLAIMS SCHWARZENEGGER RACIST COMMENTS

Another black bodybuilder has come forward claiming that California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has a history of making racist comments, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Robby Robinson, one of the most respected and well known of all body builders [a former Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr. Universe titleholder], backs up claims made by fellow black bodybuilder Rick Wayne.

"No disrespect to fans of Arnold but Rick's claim is in keeping with my experiences with the man," Robinson explains in a message.

Robinson says that Schwarzenegger repeatedly directed the term "nigger" at him.

Don't Believe Me. Check it out for Yourself - Web References:

www.drudgereport.com/ar1.htm - 5k - Oct 2, 2003

www.pacifica.org/programs/dn/030915.html

portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/09/271872.shtml

WHY IS THE MEDIA IGNORING THE SCHWARZENEGGER RACE STORY?

POLITICS US - In recent days, Internet journalist Matt Drudge has posted several stories charging California gubernatorial recall candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger with holding racist views towards African-Americans. But so far, the mainstream media has not reported this aspect of the actor's background, save for a minor mention in a San Jose Mercury News story of last week.

http://prorev.com/politics.htm

Just do what I did. Type "Schwarzenegger"

and "nigger" into and see what you

find.

Right Makes Might

While we still have hundreds of specialist running around Iraq looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Bush administration is missing the one secret weapon that the Iraqi resistance will use to defeat us in this war. The Iraqi Resistance is right and we are wrong. We are not justified in occupying Iraq.

Not all wars have a right side. Lots of wars have two wrong sides. But some do. Such as when one country invades and occupies a country that never even attacked it. We will lose this war not because we aren’t strong, but because we are wrong.

The South lost the Civil War ultimately because nearly half their population stood to gain their freedom by its defeat. Germany and Japan lost the Second World War because the whole world united to oppose their imperialist and racist ambitions.

It’s a sad thing to find your country on the wrong side of a war. Vietnam was the wrong side of a war and we killed over a million Vietnamese trying to bring them democracy. Those people were no more threat to us than, well, the Iraqis. Vietnam went Communist and the sky did not fall. The Hawks are still waiting for the dominoes to fall in South East Asia while they continue looking for WMD in Iraq.

We ‘lost’ the Vietnam War not because we lacked the where-with-all to kill another million Vietnamese but because enough Americans became convinced that we were wrong and demanded an end to the grisly business. And we will ‘lose’ the Iraq War for the same reasons. The only question is how many people will die before we stop trying to conquer them.

If you’re willing to look beyond the government and media spokesmen blowing smoke in your nose, it’s not too hard to figure out what is really going on in Iraq right now. You don’t have to know about all the tribal and religious decisions. You don’t even have to know were the Sunni triangle is, because really, people are pretty much the same all over the world. Just put your self in their shoes: and ask what would you do? How would you feel?

I’m a baby boomer. So I grew up with the notion that there was this Soviet Menace that felt and said they had a better, more equal, more just System than ours and threatened to impose their System on us by force of arms. A lot of the fears I shared with my peers most of my life were related to just such a possibility. Turns out we were wrong about the USSR. They were a lot less aggressive and militarily weaker than our intelligence told us at the time.We now know that danger was nothing like it was cracked up to be, but at the time it was made out to be very real.

Suppose it had actually happened? Suppose it had actually happened here as it did in Afghanistan? Suppose Soviet Troops were shooting people at checkpoints on the streets of American cities, busting down doors at midnight and putting their boots on people’s necks, all the while setting up Provisional Soviets and Governing Councils staffed largely with ex-patriots from the Eastern Block. How would we react? What would we really think about those ‘Americans’ that worked with the Occupation? What would our ‘rules of engagement’ be?

I think there’d be Hell to pay. I think they’d find they made a big mistake in trying to occupy the land of an armed people. I’ll be honest about my rules of engagement. I grew up in the post WWII morality. You don’t start wars and you don’t invade and occupy other people’s countries. I watched the old movies. Every time a partisan slipped up behind a Nazi soldier and slit his neck, I cheered. I cheered twice when they got a quisling.

[for your reference: ”quisling (kwiz’lin), n. [after Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norw. Politician who betrayed his country to the Nazis and became its puppet ruler], a person who betrays his own country by helping an enemy to invade and occupy it; traitor.” – College Edition – Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language (1966) ]

So by definition the Iraqis who work with us are traitors to their country. Can we really expect to build a government that has the respect of the Iraqi people by relying on traitors? Or maybe I just need a new “New World” dictionary like the one George Bush must be using. The one that will no doubt explain how you have democratic elections with foreign invaders calling the shots.

The unspoken deal the U.S. government had with Hussein before the falling out was “You take care of all the Iraqi communists and we’ll look the other way.” In the name of fighting the Soviet threat we aided a tyrant in his rise to power. A lot of good people were destroyed, including the best people in the Baathe party.

Okay we invaded Iraq and threw Saddam Hussein out of power. Now the longer we stay there, the more likely it is that he or someone of his ilk will return to power. Why? Because as long as our armies are there, the struggle for Iraqi independence remains principally a military one. This is familiar terrain to Hussein, and one for which he has prepare. While he was widely despised before the invasion, now he can play a new role as the patriotic leader of the resistance. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then Bush is allowing Hussein to play that card by maintaining the occupation.

The Buffalo Wing of Al Qaeda?

Three Muslim medical students were driving in two cars from Illinois down to Miami to continue their internship at Larkin Hospital. The country had just been moved to a “high” “orange” terrorist alert status in anticipation of the anniversary of September 11. As evening approached of on Thursday, September 12, 2002 they stopped at a Shoney's restaurant in northern Georgia for a meal. Calhoun, population 10,600 and 90% White doesn’t see a lot of young Muslim men and Ayman Gheith’s skullcap certainly made him stand out. So when Eunice Stone came in for a meal with her son, she sat in the booth separated only by a latticework from the three men and proceeded to ease drop on their conversation.

When Eunice over heard one of the men make a reference to “bringing it down” she had heard enough. The man was talking about bringing a car down to Miami, but Eunice jumped to other conclusions, and sadly for these three young men and America so did the whole Home Front Security apparatus of the United States.

As the three men left the restaurant, Eunice scrambled to get their license plate numbers and called the police. And so a terrorist alert went out. The three men were apprehended in Florida on I-75 at 11:45PM. Florida Highway Patrol, who there lying in wait for the cars claimed they were stopped for failing to pay a highway toll, a charge that was latter dropped when the men produced a receipt.

The three men were held in separate vans by the side of the road for more than 17 hours before they were finally allowed to get in their cars and go on their way. In those 17 hours the eyes on the nation where drawn to that isolated stretch of Florida highway known as “Alligator Alley”.

First the cars were searched and when nothing was found, Collier County brought in its bomb-sniffing dogs. When the dogs alerted on residue left from medical equipment the police went into high gear. By 3 AM they had shut down a 20-mile stretch of I-75 in both directions. They created a 3-mile no-fly zone that disrupted air traffic. Miami-Dade Police Department flew in with two robots for bomb removal. Van, trucks and police vehicles of all descriptions line the road and hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over were busy setting up tents in the middle of the highway. The FBI and Justice Department got involved early. Governor Jeb Bush got personally involved. The new helicopters where soon overhead.

Most of America awoke to this terrorist scare on Friday the 13th. It dominated the coverage of the morning news shows of the three major networks, and the three major cable news networks covered virtually nothing else all day.

All the while propaganda points were being made in support of the war on terrorism. The threat at home and a broad was connected to the need to go to war against Iraq. Eunice Stone was called a hero and was interviewed numerous times on Fox News. Each time her story became more embellished, by the end she had them laughing and joking and celebrating 9/11.

Meanwhile back on that highway the three men sat in custody in road side vans accused of failing to paid a $1.50 toll, and not even being told about the terrorist charges until shortly before they were released. The FHP & FBI knew within the first few hours that the medical students story checked out and that there was nothing incriminating to be found in the vehicles. Still they dragged it out. They re-searched the cars and then the searched them again, they searched them again and then they searched the 8 miles back to the toll booth in case they threw something out. They blew up a backpack with a water cannon. Then the searched the car again. The FBI used the Broward Sheriff's Office helicopter to fly in special boot detecting equipment and everything was X-rayed. Then they searched the car again. By 5: 00PM 50 of the more than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement personnel involved had a meeting to review the day’s events. "We had a very significant drill," was how Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter summed it up.

Meanwhile there was a problem. While significant hay had been made all morning long about the “terrorist threat” that had been stopped on a Florida highway. Those forces in the government and the media that would like to take the war on terrorism into a war with Iraq were having a very good day. They were scoring points.

But there was a problem. The story was unraveling. The men had nothing to do with terrorism. They had broken no laws. They couldn’t even stick them with failing to pay the toll. They had a receipt. And Eunice Stone’s story was sounding more and more shaky every time she was interviewed on FNC. Sooner or later the men would have to be released. Sooner or later their side of events would come out. Then the incident might be seen in an entirely different light as a farce, or worst yet, as simply another example of our famous Southern hospitality when it comes to people of color.

That would be very bad. Bad indeed if the next new cycle continued to highlight Eunice Stone while these men were free to tell their story and the nation had time to consider the injustice that had been done to them. Bad for the war on terror. Bad for state and federal official that had to now account of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this particular traffic stop. Very bad for those who are now trying so desperately to build popular support for a war against Iraq.

What to do? How to play this? Those were the questions that concerned Larry Thompson and others at the Justice Department as they managed events on I-75 and the public face of the war on terrorism they were producing.

They needed a diversion. They needed a following act. The surprise arrest of an Al Qaeda terrorist cell somewhere in the U.S. would do very nicely. But it had to be done quickly, so that the next morning’s headlines could be about another government success in the war on terrorism rather than government farce and persecution.
Since at least September 11th, 2001 the government has had under investigation many suspected terrorists of Middle East or Muslim ancestry. In Lackawanna, a suburb of Buffalo, NY had been investigating a group of American’s of Yemeni’s ancestry that had traveled to Pakistan and possibly Afghanistan in the spring of ’91. The FBI had talked to all of the five men arrested that night on previous occasions. The FBI had been investigating them for 6 months and it was no secret. One became so concerned he hired an attorney. Two were scheduled to appear before a Grand jury on September 26th.

But this Friday 13th turned out to be unlucky for them. In the justice department frantic search for a diversion to the Florida farce, came to notice in a new light. Within hours the local FBI office and Buffalo police were mobilized and the media had a new story: An Al Qaeda cell smashed right here in the U.S. The first arrest was made in Lackawanna less than an hour after “terrorist suspects” were released in Florida.