Saturday, August 11, 2007

Go ahead and jump

Israeli website DEBKAfile says, jump. Right wingers ask, how high?

New York City then must respond to "internet reports," putting police on hightened alert and diverting them from actual police work.
New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an Internet report -- which authorities said they could not verify -- that al Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.
As right wingers howl into the void, and after grabbing headlines, at least at those outlets prone to hysteria, DHS then has to step in and discount the "internet reports" as "unsubstantiated" and that there is "no credible information" in this "report." This is mostly ignored in favour of advancing a notch on the ratchet of fear.

All in all, a pretty successful campaign for DEBKAfile and the right wing, which never fail to indulge their credulity as long as promises of al Qaeda bomb plots are involved.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this rational does help in keeping the country in perpetual fear. How else can you rule a population but maintain them in constant fear of "something" whether real or imagined? Meanwhile of course, our civil liberties keep getting stripped away all in the name of protecting us from "something" which is unsubstantiated. Now imagine you are in driving in NY and you get pulled over indiscriminately to have your car checked by cops, dogs and gieger counters and they find some left over roaches in your ashtray. Now your car gets impounded and you get taken into custody over pot. All legal and in the name of protecting us from "something" albeit nothing to do with a suspected terror plot. Ahhh the taste of freedom.

8:33 AM  
Blogger theBhc said...

Yes. And how many times have we heard "law biding" citizens say they don't mind all this, claiming, in effect, that they don't use their civil liberties all that much anyway.

3:15 PM  

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