Friday , September 08, 2006
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Al Qaeda Backlash?
A new study finds that, despite echoing the concerns of Muslim majorities, Al Qaeda has failed to transform itself into a widespread movement in the five years since the 9/11 terror attacks and is experiencing a backlash on the Muslim street.
British think tank Chatham House reports that terrorist attacks on Muslim civilians in Saudi Arabia and Jordan have cut into its support, and that a growing number of radical Islamists are turning to politics instead of violence to accomplish their aims, finding a growing religious and moral objection to terrorist tactics.
Al Qaeda has made some headway though. The terror group has been extremely successful in convincing the world that terror attacks are the result of Western policy in the Middle East.
Clinton officials are complaining that a new 9/11 movie portrays them as insufficiently concerned about the threat posed by Al Qaeda, and ABC may make some changes in the film.
But Judicial Watch says the portrayal isn't that far off. The group says the Clinton administration "knew the danger Usama bin Laden posed to the United States back in 1996 and yet failed to take any meaningful action to stop him."
The proof? Declassified State Department documents warning that bin Laden's move from Sudan to Afghanistan "could prove more dangerous to U.S. interests in the long run" and detailing his influence and activities.
Judicial Watch argues that the administration did little to curtail bin Laden's activities in spite of the warnings.
A BYU professor among the first to cast doubt on the government's assertion that the 9/11 attacks were the work of Islamic terrorists has been suspended without pay for stating his beliefs.
Physics professor Steven Jones released a new paper last month claiming unnamed government agencies used "arson and demolition" to bring down the Twin Towers.
While BYU had stood by the professor after previous 9/11 statements, the university now says it's "concerned about the increasingly speculative and accusatory nature of these statements by Dr. Jones."
Other professors will teach Jones' classes while his actions are under review.
Cindy's True Feelings
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has fantasized about going back in time and killing "an infant" George W. Bush, thereby preventing the war in Iraq.
That's according to her upcoming book "Peace Mom," in which Sheehan also says she regrets voting for John Kerry, who left her "unimpressed."
Radar magazine reports Sheehan calls Sen. John McCain a liar for denying that he told her that her son will probably end up having died "for nothing," and calls Sen. Hillary Clinton "a conservative in liberal clothing," adding, "We don't need another power monger in the White House."
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.