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Fear Words, Part 2

Thursday, January 19, 2006
When I see this title on CNN.com, US: 'Very High' Chance of WMD terror strike, I think back to an post I wrote a while ago: Fear Words.

I'm sure it's true that there are lots of terrorists out there bent on destroying the planet (maybe it doesn't match their pants or something) and I'm glad we have people out there fighting these urges. But to feel compelled to remind the public that, "...the probability of terror groups using (weapons of mass destruction) as very high.... it is simply a question of time" strikes me as an attempt the keep fear in the populace so they won't relax and question authority.

I could be wrong. I really could be.

I just don't think I am. What purpose is served by this statement? It was made (according to the article) by U.S. State Department counterterrorism coordinator Henry Crumpton. Well, this seems like someone whose job depends on the existence of such a threat. I'm not claiming a conspiracy, I'm just saying that his job (and the funding of his department) depends on the continuing existence of this threat.

Something to think about as my mind goes from sleepy to racing in the wee hours of the morning.


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