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Bogus Terror Alerts in December 2003- CIA thought Al Jazeera was sending secret messages in the crawl
 


27 June 2005 at 7:19:24 PM
salon

What's astonishing about this isn't that the United States unnecessarily raised the "threat" level for questionable intelligence, but that Tom Ridge said that it was the right thing to do.

For weeks, America was on edge as security operations went into high gear. Almost 30 international flights were canceled, inconveniencing passengers flying Air France, British Air, Continental and Aero Mexico.

But senior U.S. officials now tell NBC News that the key piece of information that triggered the holiday alert was a bizarre CIA analysis, which turned out to be all wrong.

CIA analysts mistakenly thought they'd discovered a mother lode of secret al-Qaida messages. They thought they had found secret messages on Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language television news channel, hidden in the moving text at the bottom of the screen, known as the "crawl," where news headlines are summarized. ....

He says the administration had to take the suspected terror messages seriously, although "speaking for myself I've got to admit to wondering whether or not it was credible."

Was he himself skeptical?

"Yeah, we weren't certain," says Ridge. "Still, in the context of everything else (intelligence chatter and a terror attack in Saudi Arabia), we could not set it aside and dismiss it as not credible."

So the United States raised the alert level and canceled flights.


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