Steve Emerson seems to think so. And who would know better? Clicke here to watch the video;
BRIAN KILMEADE: Intelligence agencies say it is a major al Qaeda plot. It’s in the works, it’s coming from Iraq, it’s from al Qaeda, and its target: the U.K and they’re talking nuclear. Joining me right now from Chicago to shed some light on this terror is terror analyst Steve Emerson. Steve, what do you believe alarms you the most about this so called plot that’s in the works set to take place in a few weeks.
STEVE EMERSON: Well, first of all, the credibility of the plot. When I first read it, I thought maybe it was just some scuttlebutt coming out of Iraq or Iran by some source that wasn’t very credible. But apparently, this is a special branch report. That is, it’s coming out of MI-5, so it has some credibility because it is coming out of the British government. Having said that, there are very limited possibilities for really executing such an attack, because they’re talking about killing up to 200,000 people. Now that would require a massive blast of a magnitude of several nuclear bombs or some type of detonation near a chemical facility with large numbers of people. It’s almost impossible to conceive of such a type of attack. And yet, that type of mega attack seems to be the logical choice for al Qaeda to resurrect itself in order to put itself on the map after not having produced any mega attacks since 9/11.
KILMEADE: Well Steve, I’ll tell you what - they’ve resurrected themselves absolutely in Iraq. There are a great number of them there and they’re taking credit for a lot. We know how Zawahiri was communicating with Zarqawi and now Al-Masri. Are we to believe a plot like this comes out of the bin Laden group to the Al Qaeda group because they have the greater numbers, the al Qaeda in Iraq group, to be implemented inside Britain?
EMERSON: That’s a good question. It apparently stemmed from the al Qaeda splinter group. But this type of attack with the magnitude of casualties that they are contemplating would have to have the approval or authorization of al Qaeda mainstream - the Al Qaeda with Zawahiri. Again, they have not evinced that capability. We have to really be positive here in terms of knowing what their capabilities are. If in fact British special branch has put out such a report, it does mean they are attaching some significance to the sources of information, from where they got it from.
KILMEADE: Steve, I want to talk about this video that we have that shows that these parents are raising their kids to be terrorists. How disturbing, how new is it for someone who’s in the business like you?
EMERSON: The one video, which is absolutely horrifying - I‘ve never seen it before. Of a twelve-year-old who is actually decapitating a Muslim prisoner of war. A Taliban leader who they think provided evidence of a Taliban position to the United States. They actually had a twelve year old kid do the execution. I’ve just never seen that before. I’ve seen twelve year olds acting out. I’ve seen twelve year olds get indoctrinated on the West Bank. I’ve seen fifteen year olds in the West Bank and Gaza become suicide bombers. I’ve never seen a twelve year old executioner. It just shows the whole degree to which they’ve subjected their kids to become operational players in the evil of terrorism.
KILMEADE: That’s right, you’ve gotta unearth them and retrain those children before they become tomorrow’s suicide bombers.
EMERSON: It’s almost too late now.
KILMEADE: I don’t like to hear that. Steve Emerson thanks so much for joining us.