Crying wolf

August 3rd, 2004 – 10:11 pm
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On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge included this little gem in the press conference he used to announce the latest terror threats.

But we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the president’s leadership in the war against terror, the reports that have led to this alert are the result of offensive intelligence and military operations overseas, as well as strong partnerships with our allies around the world, such as Pakistan.

The media chose to ignore the fact that Ridge was obviously playing politics with his announcement, which at times read more like a speech you’d hear from someone campaigning for Bush.

Howard Dean went on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer and called Ridge and the rest of the Bush administration on it:

I am concerned that every time something happens that’s not good for President Bush he plays this trump card, which is terrorism. His whole campaign is based on the notion that “I can keep you safe, therefore at times of difficulty for America stick with me,” and then out comes Tom Ridge.

It’s just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there’s some of both in it…

Predictably, both Blitzer and much of the rest of the so-called liberal media tore into Dean for daring to suggest that Bush was playing politics with terror warnings, despite the fact that the administrations has a track record of doing just that.

Well, it then comes to light that the information that these new scary terror warnings are based on is rather old:

Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way.

It seems that Al-Quaeda collected information about targets three or four years ago, and, despite the fact that there was no evidence that an attack on any of these sites was actually imminent, the terror scare network was put into motion. We’re supposed to believe it’s just a coincidence that this happened when some polls showed Kerry getting a post-convention bounce, and the news was full of talk about Bush’s Democratic challenger.

As one clever person on a mailing list I subscribe to put it:

In related news, Homeland Security reported that there have been sightings of a Big Scary Wolf near the edges of Your Village. “These aren’t the usual Wolf reports – there’s serious chatter among shepherd sources and we’ve interrogated a bunch of sheep lately who’ve confirmed that the Wolf is out there and identified a bunch of different parts of the village where the wolf may strike next.”

Bush and his cronies are pathetic, and increasing our cynicism with these repeated warnings (which are always auspiciously timed) only makes it more likely that any real warnings will be ignored. Not to mention what it does to the already overwhelmed budgets of the various police forces that get sent to high alert over and over again.


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    i think it is all poilitical but i dont understand why the threa t of homeland security
    should be an issue could someone tell me is it true that mr bush has submerines lined up on the coast and are armed with nuclear weapons ive heard about it but in an intense way such as what the subs are loaded with ect!

    Comment made by mark on August 12, 2004 @ 7:45 pm

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    Bush and his cronies are desperate to win. They are so ruthless that they may do anything to prove they were right about the warnings. Look what they hjave been doing to Kerry, paying those sociopaths vets to lie about his service. They, who were war dodgers. Dusgusting.

    Comment made by Miriam on August 25, 2004 @ 4:08 pm

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    I was awestruck by the quote at the top of the page. I believe that therein lies our current problem. Bush Lied. No-one in the media is accusing him of it. It is as blatent as ever, and yet we don’t see anyone asking him to explain. I hope Kerry does at the debates. Check that I hope Bushy resigns before the debates.

    Comment made by SergioMomarsh on August 31, 2004 @ 2:56 am

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