BERLIN - Claus Von Stauffenberg, the German Army officer who unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944, thwarted a terror plot hatched by a German al Qaeda group that planned to blow up American facilities in Germany.
Von Stauffenberg, 99, speaking through a translator, said, "I smoked them out at their hideout, then I jumped them the four of them, which wasn't too bad considering they're all 28." Von Stauffenberg smiled. "For 63 years, I've been trying to live down that Hitler thing. I'm on a roll now, baby. I feel like I've got my groove back."
Von Stauffenberg initially wanted to attack the terrorists by placing a briefcase loaded with a bomb in their hideout. "Then I realized, 'Gee, that didn't work when I tried it with Hitler, maybe this time I should go with plan 'B'."
His next target? "Osama bin Laden. I plan to put that son of a gun in a headlock."