To: freeasinbeer; Iwentsouth; M. T. Cicero II; japaneseghost; JudyB1938; EggsAckley
Essentially i think what is happening here is that there is strong pressure from the economic hubs in Las Vegas to gloss this whole thing over so as not to mar the returns from gamblers and the like out for a good time on the fourth. And also they (the Feds) are probably using the guy's info to set up certain protective measures....but they will not tell the public that to ensure that panic doesn't ensue and the casinos can rack up some business.
Imagine the fall out if the FBI had said there indeed was a credible threat to Vegas! Business would have taken a nose dive on the days around July 4th. And business does not like nose dives!
The sad thing will be if the guy's assertions come true...and the furtive FBI traps fail to capture the would be terrorists. Let me just put it this way...the FBI will never live this mistake down!
And again as someone said.....if there are so many people of Arabic origin in custody without any chance of having a lawyer and other 'pleasantiries,' why then would he....an Arab-American.....go forth with a cooked-up story? He does not seem the guy to look for cheap thrills, nor for his 15 minutes of fame (especially with the stakes involved for Arabs guilty or otherwise). And using Occam's Razor i have to say it is more probable he is saying the truth, and that there is a 'cover up' to ensure business does not collapse in Vegas around the 4th, and that panic does not ensue. (By the way i hate using the word cover-up...it sounds too much like something conspiracy-philes would say. LOL).
posted on 06/28/2002 5:24:31 AM PDT
I tend to agree with you that Hamdan really has no reason to fabricated his story. In fact, given that he lives in Vegas, it would be nearly suicidal for him to promote this story, if not true. Having lived and worked in Nevada, I can tell you that the casino owners take their livlihood quite seriously. Anything that might discourage business is not ignored. Just look at the reaction of the (ex-Mob) Mayor. He wants to do a "hit" on Hamdan.
Back in the early 70's in Las Vegas, there was some weirdo who thought he was a vampire. He'd parade around in a cape and everything. I forget the details now, but the police went out and found a body that had no blood in it. The neighbors all put out garlic - with the reasoning if the guy THOUGHT he was a vampire, it would be a good deterrent until they caught him. It was on the afternoon news. After that, nothing. I know it happened, because a friend of mine lived a few doors down the street from him. So what you are saying very well could be true.
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