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Fear Factor Continues on Studio B

Reported by Donna - June 8, 2005

Today's Studio B with Shepard Smith continued the fear factor theme that Nancy reported on earlier, speaking about the son and father arrested in California that may be part of an Al Qaeda cell.

To reinforce the fear factor, Smith interviewed Walid Phares, who has a book coming out later this year titled 'Future Jihad'. Mr. Phares spoke about the second wave of the first generation of Al Qaeda terrorists that are either here in the United States now or are on their way here.

Phares said that this 'second wave' of the first generation has been ready since before 9/11 and they had gotten instructions from the mother ship.

Smith interrupted him at this point and told him that we hear the mother ship isn't so well organized anymore, that it was mainly individual cells. Phares told Smith, "Bad news", that the mother ship was an ideology and was coming through from the clerics, very wealthy clerics, that were not necessarily in Pakistan or Afghanistan but in Saudi Arabia. (Did the President threaten this country with the 'you're either with us or against us' speech yet? No, that's right, he holds hands with the Saudi Royal Family)

Smith said that he thought a majority of experts have been surprised that we haven't been hit in almost four years but Phares said this was typical of Al Qaeda, if you looked at their time between attacks, 1993, 1998, 2001, for example. He said they weren't going to do little attacks, they do long term planning to do big attacks in the United States.

Comment: Well, with the Downing Street Memo being the talk of the town (I haven't heard it mentioned once in all of my monitoring of Studio B, usually Mondays through Thursdays), Studio B kept up the fear factor theme. Mr. Phares did, however, make a good point of telling Smith and the audience, that the mother ship was an ideology and was most likely coming from the clerics in Saudi Arabia. This is something I don't think Fox wants to or can't understand. The other good point that Mr. Phares made was when Smith threw out the 'we haven't been attacked since 9/11' bit, and Phares said that this is typical of Al Qaeda, they frequently take years to stage an attack.

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