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NBC: US pushed Brits to act faster -- attack "not imminent"

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Surprise, surprise. According to NBC, the plan wasn't as "imminent" as first reported. And the U.S. pushed the Brits to act faster. Found this over at TPM Muckraker:

A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.
Many questions here. The first being: Why the rush? And which "American officials" applied the pressure? Did Bush call Blair? A White House staffer denies this happened, but when was the last time anyone in this White House told the truth?

It's obvious that Team Bush is using this recent plot for their political agenda. They are not beyond forsaking national security for partisan politics -- something that reporters who cover Bush know is true since they've played a role in that. So, is this another case of Bush thinking about politics first?

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