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Friday, June 02, 2006
 
Intelligence.
The Department of Homeland Security has rated Washington DC as low risk for another terrorist attack. This has kicked up a predictable fuss about the loss of funding for security measures there, which is something I don't really want to get into. I'm not a budget guru, nor am I confident that even an unlimited budget would be spent wisely or effectively. Based on the record of this administration, most of it would probably flow into the pockets of whichever cronies were fed the contracts.

The really mind bending thing about this declaration from the DHS is that they have classified DC as low risk. This hallucination is in the same category as Dick Cheney insisting that Saddam and Osama were in bed together: it runs completely counter to everything we know about al Qaeda. DHS has decided to worry about "critical infrastructure" targets. Al Qaeda has never targeted critical infrastructure. They have always targeted symbols. Additionally, they have always returned to attack symbols that they failed to destroy in earlier attempts.

Was the World Trade Center critical infrastructure? No. Was it a symbol? Yes. Was there a faiiled previous attack? Yes. The time between the two attacks was seven years.

Flight 93's target was maybe the Capitol, or maybe the White House. Are they critical infrastructure? No. Are they symbols? Yes. Did the attack fail? Yes. Seven years will put us just before the 2008 elections.

What a coincidence.
 
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