Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Maybe I was right

I don't like to go right out and say "I told you so" but I think that after reading this article, I sure could.

But there are two other considerations here. Given what the Times' counterterrorism source said about the vast set of blueprints that al-Qaida keeps on the shelf, U.S. intelligence might discover lots of laptops with lots of apparent plans. If the alert goes up to orange or red with each discovery, very soon nobody is going to take these alerts at all seriously—and that includes the local law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing the alerts on already overstretched budgets.

If President Bush is truly serious about preventing terrorist attacks, he has to ensure that these alerts, even when they're wrong, are at least perceived as sincere and untainted by political motive. By this standard, Tom Ridge last Sunday proved himself a dreadful homeland security secretary, and the Bush administration (by association, if not collaboration) diminished the trust that a president must inspire on such matters.

It is the little boy who cried wolf scenario. We, as Americans, are conditioned to only take so much crap from ANYONE. This is no different when it comes to those who are supposed to protect us. We have ha numerous terrorist warnings, too many to count, since that fateful day in 2001 and now our government issues another warning.

My thoughts are that if terrorists are determined to strike, they will. There are just some things that are going to happen in the world. We can be prepared by making our surrounding more secure and simply paying attention to the world around us. But if terrorists want to do something, they will find a way to do it.

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