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Please panic now about everything and do as we say [Jun. 6th, 2006|05:56 pm]
The American Caliban
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/05/terror/main1683852.shtml

It starts:
U.S. officials believe Canadian arrests over the weekend and three recent domestic incidents in the United States are evidence the U.S. will soon be hit again by a terrorist attack. Privately, they say, they'd be surprised if it didn't come by the end of the year, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Stewart in a CBS News exclusive.
Then they go on to say that terrorists are committing robberies in order to finance terror attacks, and list a couple of incidents in which various bad guys had what seemed to be political terrorism objectives.

The fun is all in the last sentence, though:
The next attack here, officials predict, will bear no resemblance to Sept. 11. The casualty toll will not be that high, the target probably not that big. We may not even recognize it for what it is at first, they say. But it's coming — of that they seem certain.
Okay. So, they're now reserving the option of pulling out any Very Bad Day that might have some tenuous connection to Islamic extremists and calling it a terrorist incident. If some career criminals who got Muslim names in prison rob a store in a mall and there's a big ugly shootout, or if some mentally unstable loser with a connection to Islam runs over a lot of people on a sidewalk, or if any number of medium-spectacular crimes occur that they can tie to "terror" in any way, it will be more evidence that we should be afraid and that we should give up yet more liberty.

And the news calls this an "exclusive" and runs it unchallenged. Bleah!
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From: hersheyjumper
2006-06-07 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for saying that.
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From: maddox_84
2006-06-09 02:28 am (UTC)
When you take into account the fact that there are more Muslims in the United States than there are Presbyterians or Episcopalians, for example, of course it is likely that there will be some sort of crime committed by a Muslim. Does that make it a terrorist attack? Hardly. Stupid media.
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