Fresh Paint
Monday, August 02, 2004
Because They Can
New York Times:

Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -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.
Washington Post:

Pre-9/11 Acts Led To Alerts
More than half a dozen government officials interviewed yesterday, who declined to be identified because classified information is involved, said that most, if not all, of the information about the buildings seized by authorities in a raid in Pakistan last week was about three years old, and possibly older.

"There is nothing right now that we're hearing that is new," said one senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the alert. "Why did we go to this level? . . . I still don't know that."

This is way beyond politics. This is sick power shit. They are telling us that we are sheep and they can yank us any way they want to. Why stop at an orange alert? Why not go all the way to red? Then they can declare martial law and be done with it, and there go all our freedoms, which is what they really want.

This is simply unacceptable.

Even more interesting is that one faction now seems to be playing the terror alert game as described below while the other is leaking all over to the press that it isn't real. This government is obviously in utter disarray.

Worse, you cry about wolves long enough, when they're really out there, i.e., it's a genuine, imminent danger, no one will believe, no city will commit puny resources to a response, and we're all screwed.

I'm almost ready to believe some of the conspiracy nuts out there who think that 9/11 was "wag the dog" stunt that went horribly wrong.

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