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August 4, 2004

Crying Wolf

Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge raised the terror alert from yellow to orange. Last Sunday. Barely missing the Democratic Convention.

It's greeted with suspicion more than alarm. Especially since it was based on information that was at least three years old. The timing stinks. Why announce this now?

If you still have doubts about the real intent of this "terror alert", consider the following:

1. Ridge plays politics by taking the opportunity to say "we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the President's leadership in the war against terror."

2. Laura and the Bush twins go to the Citicorp building. If there was a "high risk" of terrorist attacks, why was Bush's family there?

3. The Statue of Liberty reopens. In the middle of a high alert?

So why the terror alert? To scare us out of our wits, hoping that we would be so terrified we can't think straight come November, that's why.

posted at 3:40 PM by Wonky Muse

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