In a much-touted piece, Bill Gertz reports in today’s Washington Times that al Qaeda is planning another attack “to rival September 11” but their efforts have so far been thwarted by the arrests of several leaders. This is a rather classic case of useless information reported with wide fanfare. Of course al Qaeda is planning another major attack: that’s what they DO. And, by definition, the fact that there hasn’t been another al Qaeda attack in the almost 17 months since the September 11, 2001 attacks means that they have thus far been thwarted. So, why exactly is this news?