Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Terror suspects detained in France had been eyeing up the Parisian metro network, an airport and the headquarters of the domestic intelligence service as possible targets, sources close to the investigation said...
Officials said the men were members of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an armed Algerian group that grew out of the GIA [the Algerian Armed Islamic Group] and has links to the Al-Qaeda network.
The ringleader of the suspected terrorist wannabes had been released after a Euro-style jail sentence:
Among those being held is Safe Bourada, 35, who was released from prison in 2003 after five years for helping organise a series of bomb attacks in France in 1995 for the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
From the NYT article:
"He was at the core of the cell," the official said. "We knew perfectly well that he would not abandon his radical Islamic views."
Perhaps we don't give the French enough credit. After he was released they kept their eye on him until he could gather and the French could destroy an entire terrorist cell - before they could attack or escape.
Actually in this regard the French are incredibly effective. They put bugs up the backside any suspicious character at all. I am sure every mosque in France is monitored for its activities. These guys are very intolerant of intolerance. Remember, they outlawed kids wearing headscarves to school due to the religious connotations. They take their secularism very seriously. It's a holdover from Robespierre.
They got serious about this when one of these lunamorons threatened to fly a plane into the Eiffel Tower and it scared the French stiff. As you can tell from their behavior in WWII, the French focus on preserving their architecture at all costs, including the SS ensconed at the Meurice Hotel.