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October 18, 2006

are you ready for some (political) football?

terrorists love republicans

There is no credible DIRTY BOMB THREAT to NFL stadiums, but Homeland Security has nonetheless alerted the NFL about the DIRTY BOMB THREAT even though it isn't credible. They are also saying in strong terms that there is no DIRTY BOMB THREAT - that, and that no one should let the THREAT OF DIRTY BOMBS prevent them from going about their business:

A Web site is claiming that seven NFL football stadiums will be hit with radiological dirty bombs this weekend, but the government on today expressed doubts about the threat.

The warning, posted Oct. 12, was part of an ongoing Internet conversation titled "New Attack on America Be Afraid." It mentioned NFL stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland and Cleveland, where games are scheduled for this weekend.

The Homeland Security Department alerted authorities and stadium owners in those cities, as well as the NFL, of the Web message but said the threat was being viewed "with strong skepticism." Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said there was no intelligence that indicated such an attack was imminent, and that the alert was "out of an abundance of caution." [full story]

You can really assume one of two things from the above news item:

1 - Two weeks before a tight election, the Republicans are playing the terror card yet again, personalizing the so-called GWOT by hyping a threat that seems designed to capture the attention of men who may have felt little enthusiasm about the midterms.

2 - The threat is real and the terrorists have timed it to insure the Republicans hold their majority during in the midterms. Conservatives have argued very vigorously that terrorists have such a sophisticated grasp of American intra-politics that engage in specific acts of terror designed to cow voters into cutting running. If they're so smart, though, why not think that they're also capable of taunting a charging bull with a red cape? There is a point of view from which Republican majorities (with their promise of continued belligerence) seem like a boon to terrorists, whose lifeblood is American violence and blundering.

Either way, feel safer yet?

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