The Working Relationship
June 17, 2006 - U.S. authorities had intelligence that a team of Al Qaeda-linked terrorists had infiltrated the United States and planned a 2003 attack on the New York City subway system with homemade cyanide bombs, federal and local counter-terrorism officials have acknowledged to NEWSWEEK. But the officials say the plot was called off at the last minute by Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri -- for reasons that remain unclear.
If you read the article, the planned attack had strong potential for being extremely deadly.
Now why would a deadly terrorist group not carry out an attack like this, particularly when they have been inactive in the US since 9/11 (assuming of course that Al Qaeda WAS behind 9/11)? Did these evil terrorists get a case of nerves? Just have a change of heart amd decide killing was bad? Or that the attack wasn't spectacular enough?
But the point of a terrorist group is to TERRORIZE. Thus, they should attack with some frequency so as to keep their targets off balance.
I think the only explanation for this story is that "Al Qaeda" ("al-CIA-duh") is not completely independent from their alleged targets (Americans).
While in reality, "Al Qaeda" is probably not a wholly owned subsidiary of the US intelligence agencies, it IS fair to say that "Al Qaeda" and US intelligence are working partners more than sworn enemies.
The "deal" between the CIA and al-CIA-duh might go something like this: "we'll let you take responsibility for 9/11, leave your key leaders alone, allow you to plan future attacks and give you fertile recruiting ground in Iraq and Afghanistan in exchange for capture, torture and killing of your operatives whenever we want and ultimate control over any planned attacks on US soil."
The deal seems to have worked so far rather well.
Finally, there are, of course, geopolitical reasons why the US and Islamic Extremists would have a working relationship.