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Terrorism Plot / Airplanes / Clarke Interview #835943

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 10, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) A terrorist plot to bring down 10 airplanes flying from Britain to the US using suicide bombers reviewed. {Note: local weather bulletin on screen after 5:34:10.}

(London: Nick Watt) The British government's raising of the terrorism alert to the highest level following the plot to blow up airplanes featured; details given about the arrest of suspects & of devices now banned from planes; diagram shown to illustrate the bomb in carry-on luggage; scenes shown from the Heathrow Airport in London. [Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Paul STEPHENSON†- says we have disrupted the terrorist plan.] [Homeland Security Secretary Michael CHERTOFF - says this was a sophisticated plot.] [Two TRAVELERS - react.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) Britain's tracking of the terrorism plot for months examined; details given of the link of the plot to Karachi, Pakistan; photos shown of ringleader Al Qaeda commander Matiur Rehman†. [Metropolitan Police Peter CLARKE†- talks about tracking the aspirations of people.] [Representative Peter KING - says there are links to Al Qaeda; worries there is a "plan B."] [Former French ministry official Alexis DEBAT†- says Rehman is crucial in linking Al Qaeda & Pakistani militants.] [Counterterrorism expert Jack CLOONAN†- recalls the airplane plot by Ramzi Yousef.] The new & revitalized Al Qaeda in Pakistan noted.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The travel nightmares resulting from this plot reported; map shown of domestic flights.

(Reagan National Airport, Washington: Lisa Stark) The heightened security for flights coming to the US from Britain featured; scenes shown of long lines at airports; details given of a list of banned items. [Three TRAVELERS - list what has to be thrown out.] [CHERTOFF - explains the need for more protection.] [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG†- comments.] [Security consultant Douglas LAIRD†- comments on paying the cost for security.] The new reality at the nation's airports reiterated.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The reaction of President Bush to this news noted. [BUSH - says we are at war with Islamic fascists.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Live interview held with former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke. [CLARKE†- says the plot is from Al Qaeda or a variation of it & five years into the war against terrorism Al Qaeda is still out there; worries the terrorists may have more plans.]

Gibson, Charles;
Watt, Nick;
Ross, Brian;
Stark, Lisa

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