Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Playing Politics with Terror 

I know this is shocking and surprising, but it appears that the Bush Administration may, you know, let politics dictate its homeland security policy. From the Times:
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.
But the officials continued to regard the information as significant and troubling because the reconnaissance already conducted has provided Al Qaeda with the knowledge necessary to carry out attacks against the sites in Manhattan, Washington and Newark. They said Al Qaeda had often struck years after its operatives began surveillance of an intended target.
It goes on to say that the bulk of the information "described reconaissance carried out before the Sept. 11 attacks." Now, this still is serious, but there seems to be no reason at all why the warning was issued this week, as opposed to last month, or say, early September (hmm, what's going on then that Bush wouldn't want bumped from the front pages?). And why would Bush want terror on the front pages over last weekend and into this week? Couldn't be because of this, could it?
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