Myths of the war on terrorism

Reason
by Steve Chapman

07/12/07

For anyone who has grown complacent about the danger of terrorism, the incidents in London and Glasgow were supposed to provide a jolt of reality. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy put it, ‘these foiled attacks are best understood as new rounds in a long, global war, provoked by the challenge of radical Islam.’ Here was proof that the jihadists are still out there, ready to strike at the moment of their choosing. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff clearly agrees. On a visit Tuesday to the Chicago Tribune, he said he has a ‘gut feeling’ an attack may be imminent. ‘The intent to attack us remains as strong as it was on Sept. 10, 2001,’ he declared. Well, no one in that job is ever going to say the danger has been overstated. But the truth is that intent and ability are not the same thing. Though, al Qaeda may — emphasize ‘may’ — still have the capacity to mount the occasional major operation, that doesn’t mean terrorism should be treated as an omnipresent, existential threat. In reality, this fight bears only a faint resemblance to a real war...

//www.reason.com/news/show/121344.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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All Hail the Prophetic Gut!

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC offers a new, special comment on Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" report on terror threats to the US stating: "I have pondered this supreme expression of diminished expectations for parts of three days now. I have concluded that there are only five possible explanations for Mr. Chertoff's remarkable revelations about his transcendently important counterterrorism stomach."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/071307A.shtml

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Olbermann: All hail the prophetic gut!

Explaining Michael Chertoff's counterterrorism stomach

Video and Transcript: Special Comment By Keith Olbermann

You have by now heard the remark - instantly added to our through-the-looking-glass lexicon of the 21st century, a time when we suddenly started referring to this country as "the homeland," as if anybody here has used that term since Charles Lindbergh or the German-American Bund in 1940. Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling."

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18013.htm



Charles Goyette Interviews Ray McGovern

Fomer CIA analyst Ray McGovern gives his view of DHS head Chertoff's "gut feeling" that something very bad is going to happen, 'faith-based' intelligence in general, the actual threat of terrorist attacks versus our government's hysterical scare-mongering - due largely to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

//dissentradio.com/charles/awraymcgovern071207.mp3


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