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Terrorist plot? Nay. Election-year GOP fearmongering? You bet! - Jason Lindquist
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Terrorist plot? Nay. Election-year GOP fearmongering? You bet!
So the wannabe-terrorists they arrested in England last week, whose arrest prompted the latest hysteria in the airline industry... it's already come out that none of them had bought plane tickets. Many of them didn't even have passports yet. They were merely planning some dry runs, and they'd barely begun at that.

Now, as to be expected, the chemistry is bullshit.

The mass media doesn't know jack shit about what it's discussing. I think it's likely the timing of these arrests was not chosen for investigative purposes, but entirely political ones. If you wanted to further an investigation, you'd have let these guys run longer. Let them complete their dry runs, observe them well, rig the computers to flag some of them as selectees and cavity-search them and their carry-on contents. (Learn what type and brands of personal effects they carry.) Let them buy their chemicals. Then bust them. Build a solid case, so no jury would question how serious these guys were. But if you wanted to stir up fear for a repeat performance of the 2004 election cycle, then you arrest them now, between the last primaries and the general elections.

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From: tskirvin Date: August 16th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
My only real gripe with this is that it seems too early to really affect anything. We're months away from our elections; and England is further away. And our attentions spans suck...

I think that the bust itself probably wasn't just politically-motivated; it's just being taken advantage of for that now. I expect more "busts" to come in 4-6 weeks.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 17th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I expect more to come too. But this is how it starts. This is how they get to campaign on "Look what we've done to protect you from the terrars!" They get to use just that argument, too--this is too early to be an election stunt, anyone saying that must Hate America™.
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