May 26, 2004

The 'steady drumbeat' of paranoia.

Those Dubya administration trial balloons about possible terrorist attacks over the next few months continue.

Today's balloon arrives via the Ap, which reports that 'new intelligence deemed higly credible' indicates that terrorists — maybe al-Qaeda, maybe not — are in the US and are getting ready for a major attack during the summer. As usual, the intelligence isn't specific enough to indicate a time or place for the attacks . Also as usual, the feds aren't saying where their info comes from. However, they are saying the intelligence is some of the 'most disturbing' since 9/11.

Today's report follows earlier leaks from the feds over the last week, saying that there is a high probablilty of a terrorist attack before the November election. (See this post and this post for details of the earlier trial balloons.)

Of most concern, the official said, is that terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon that could cause much more damage and casualties than a conventional bomb.

"There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

As we said earlier, these continuing reports from 'top administration officials,' 'officials at the CIA and the National Security Agency,' and today's ' senior federal counterterrorism official' seem to be timed to up public paranoia about terrorism as the presidential election draws nearer. Given Dubya's current slide in the polls, we find the timing rather ... let's just say 'curious' — especially given the close relationship in the past between upticks in the nation's terror level and Dubya's political problems.

Style note: We especially liked the use of the phrase 'steady drumbeat of information' by the today's unnamed official. The old standby, 'increased terrorist chatter' was getting boring.

Posted by Magpie at May 26, 2004 01:24 AM | War on Terrorism | Technorati links |

Hey, if I don't go on my summer trip, the terrorists will have won!

--ventura county, ca

Posted by: Darryl Pearce at May 26, 2004 04:10 AM

The motto of the Department of Homeland Security:

If you are not terrified we are not doing our job

Posted by: Ron In Portland at May 26, 2004 05:02 AM

I think they are going to find out that nothing they do is right -- that there will be no poll upticks for Same $hi+, Different Day strategies.

He has flat run OUT, and nothing will solve it but that he and the whole crew of liars and thieves gets out.


Posted by: Scorpio at May 27, 2004 02:23 AM

"Quick! The Speech didn't bring up our numbers! All of you get out there and tell 'em about the Terra that's a-comin! Quick! Quick!!"

Cynical? Moi?


Posted by: Scorpio at May 27, 2004 04:47 PM

I doubt if Bush is worried about terror in the first place. Afterall, its made his dad and many of their political cronies a lot of money through defense contracts. Dubya should be more fearful of Moore's documentary farenheit 9/11 showing the world just how connected they were concerning

oil , petrol dollars and arms with the House of Saud; in particular the Bin Laden family.

Posted by: jim at June 9, 2004 07:09 AM