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Subject: THe FBI was right after all -- Cancelled French flights at Christmas = terror suspect.
NewGuy    1/6/2004 8:57:17 PM
From abcnews.go.com: --------------------- "Authorities across Europe are searching for a passenger suspected of having links to al Qaeda who failed to show up for an Air France flight on Christmas Eve, ABCNEWS has learned. U.S. law enforcement officials believe the male passenger underwent terrorist training in Afghanistan. The ongoing search for the man — who was traveling with a French passport — is one of the factors contributing to the continuing security jitters about trans-Atlantic flights, officials said. French officials told ABCNEWS the man is feared to have a small bomb whose components might get past airport security. The man had a ticket for Air France's Flight 68 from Paris to Los Angeles on Dec. 24, but the flight was canceled and the passenger never showed up at the airport, U.S. and French officials told ABCNEWS." Please note that even *French* security officials are saying the guy was likely a terrorist. Too bad OneGus is no longer here, he would have to do some major diversion tactics to avoid his claim that the FBI simply screwed up. Of course, US sources say they might have caught the guy just before the flight if the French government had not goofed up and made a public announcement about it too soon. NewGuy
 
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NewGuy    RE:THe FBI was right after all -- Even French security official says the French may have flubbed...   1/6/2004 8:59:36 PM
More from abcnews.go.com: ------------------------------ "Former French defense official Alexis Debat says the French fear they canceled the flight too soon, tipping him off. "Nobody knows where he is and that is a big concern throughout Europe," said Debat, an ABCNEWS consultant. "The French are concerned that they may have dropped the ball." Nuf' said. NewGuy
 
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Final Historian    RE:THe FBI was right after all -- Even French security official says the French may have flubbed...   1/6/2004 9:20:25 PM
The self criticization is a nice sign though...
 
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American Kafir    RE:THe FBI was right after all -- Even French security official says the French may have flubbed...   1/7/2004 6:41:54 PM
What wondrous masters of weasel language the French are. "The French are concerned that they may have dropped the ball." The Americans are concerned that France DID drop the ball.
 
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