11 August 2007

Debka goes nuclear...

Another great intelligence coup could be recorded in Debka annals.

New York authorities were taking extra counterterrorism precautions Friday in response to what they said was an unsubstantiated report on an Israeli Web site regarding a radiological threat to the city.

Officials said Friday that they had not changed the city's terror alert status in response to online chatter mentioning a truck packed with radioactive material. But police deployed extra radiological sensors on street, water and air patrols, and were stopping vehicles at checkpoints in lower Manhattan and around the city.
The whole brouhaha stems from a news item on Debkafile, stating the following:
The al Qaeda communications accuse the Americans of the grave error of failing to take seriously the videotape released by the American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gaddahn last week. “They will soon realize their mistake when American cities are hit by quality operations,” said one message.

Another said the attacks would be carried out “by means of trucks loaded with radio-active material against America’s biggest city and financial nerve center.”
I wouldn't even refer to the whole story (after all, this is so regular on Debka and, besides, Debka is not paying the NYC cops salaries, which by now include some hefty overtime bonuses) but for an interview I happen to stumble upon today on the Army radio. The Debka top dog himself was proud to tell the interviewer about the famous Debka know-how in intercepting Al Qaeda messages and interpreting them for the public good.

The interview climaxed at the following statement:
It could happen anytime anywhere.
I suggest that this become the Debka's new logo.

Another idea would be for Debka to branch out in predicting earthquakes around Pacific Rim. Good business.