Bush reveals terrorist details
They include a plot to use hijacked aircraft to hit the US East and West coasts and to attack Heathrow Airport.Indeed. One cited intervention was a tasking "to collect targeting information on US gas stations and their support mechanisms on behalf of a senior al-Qaeda planner."
But the sketchy details provided by the White House make it hard to assess how serious or advanced the plans were.
Furthermore, casing tourist sites would not be terribly difficult given freely available maps, websites, and guidebooks. I don't doubt that people were sent to case sites, I just don't think that tells us anything. As the Beeb notes, it's impossible to assess the magnitude, likelihood of success or level of planning behind any of the plots.
But assume this all really did break some critical plots, shouldn't Attorney General "Bind, Torture, Kill" Gonzales be warning the president against mentioning it because "if they're not reminded about it all the time in the newspapers and in stories, they sometimes forget"?
Or does that only apply to stories about the President violating the law?