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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Terror Warning Bonanza

While this new terror warning appears less vague than some we have heard, I still tend to question its authenticity. I am not even talking the banal details,- such as a recommendation to be suspicious of persons who are vague about their origin and identity, or those who insist on paying large expenses in cash. Those are classical signs of someone potentially having a nefarious intent, and repeating that truism,- while useful as a reminder,- should hardly even be presented as news. And it is also known that Al Quaeda likes to use large explosive devices, and is interested in any and all vehicles capable of carrying them,- cars, trucks, limos, helicopters, airplanes, etc.

Parts of the warning go back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other events that by now are well in the past. While parts of the warning potentially pertain to genuine new intelligence, overall it appears more like a historical summary than a genuine new warning. The way it is presented to us, it seems more like a part of the pre-election PR than anything else. It shows that Tom Ridge and his people do not collect their pay for nothing. It also shows that his boss, President Bush, is serious about fighting the terror threat. As various data indicate thus far, this has remained the only sure-bet popularity booster for his administration.

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