Sunday, August 20, 2006

On Terrorism

I really enjoyed reading the synopsis from a Cato Institute report on terrorism that BoingBoing put up. The title of BoingBoing's entry was "Only traitors try to make us afraid of terrorists". Maybe the word "traitors" is a bit strong, but I think people that exploit terrorism at every turn are to be called out on it.

That was before the hysteria whipped up over the UK plot. What's odd is how little I am hearing about the allegations that the timing of the arrests was driven by the U.S AND that the suspects didn't even buy tickets yet, and some didn't even have passports. Media Matters has references to how when this did come up, it was disregarded as being from the blogsphere.

Then I see this link about how feasible it all really was (doesn't sound very), nevermind the timing of the arrests, whether people had tickets or even passports or not...

I don't want planes blowing up in the sky any more than anyone else does, but for Pete's sake, the media and our "leaders" should be injecting some actual data into the issue and stop the damn fearmongering. The fact that one must actually actively hunt around for some level-headed reporting on this whole thing is ridiculous.

At BoingBoing, someone sent in asking the obvious: If the liquid could be explosive, why are you dumping it in a crowd? People that ask these sorts of questions must be freedom-haters.

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