Was the USS Momsen Targeted by Terrorists?

NBC Nightly News, in a special report on domestic spying by the military uncovered a report alleging 1,519 suspicious incidents from July 2004 through may, 2005. Of those, six were what it called credible threats.

One of those was a planned terrorist attack against Gov. Jeb Bush and the USS Momsen during its commissioning ceremonies at Port Panama City on August 24, 2004.

William M. Arkin of the Washington Post uncovered an intelligence database from a military source. He says the military has reached to far, collecting information on American peace activists and monitoring protests against the Iraq war.

Although the 400 page report obtained by NBC News covers over 1,500 threats, only a half dozen or a dozen were actually considered credible or real threats. The document is our first look at how the pentagon is stepped up intelligence collection in the country.

The planned attacked on the USS Momsen in Panama City never materialized, and two months later the military site notes it was apparently credible, but the attack was aborted.

The report of the military’s information gathering actions is creating a storm of controversy on both sides.

How true any of it may be is debatable, but it’s interesting to note of the half dozen reports considered credible was one that could have seriously impacted Panama City.


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