In 2005, self-professed “terrorism expert” Juval Aviv appeared on FOX News to issue a dire prediction based on his ironclad sources. A terrorist attack was:
Imminent and around the corner here in the United States. It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the most.
It didn’t happen, but that didn’t stop Juval Aviv from appearing on FOX again and again with his dire predictions. In the summer of 2007, again Aviv predicted a terrorist attacks in “ninety days”:
This time, the group promoting Juval Aviv’s claims of a terrorist attack within “ninety days” was Family Security Matters, a group that according to Sourcewatch was headed by senior members of the Bush administration. The terrorist attack didn’t happen then either, but you know what did happen? With Republican politicians all around Washington braying in response about that supposed imminent terrorist attack, the Protect America Act was shoved through Congress with mere days of notice. You remember: that was the law they passed after Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott stepped in front of the microphones and told everyone to vacate DC before the inevitable August 2007 terror attack. No, there was no terrorist attack, but thanks to all that waving of hands they sure did pass that law. The Protect America Act was the precursor to the FISA Amendments Act, a bill that enables the federal government to search your belongings, your home, your office, and your communications without notice to you, and without a constitutionally-mandated warrant or even notice to a judge for 67 days.
Juval Aviv should have left this country in shame after twice hawking predictions of imminent terrorist attack, once supported by FOX and once supported by a Bush-administration-packed homeland security advocacy group. And indeed, Juval Aviv did leave the country for a time last year, traveling to Australia to tell gullible audiences Down Under that they were in danger of imminent terrorist attack. No, that didn’t come to pass either.
I assumed that Juval Aviv would have the sense not to come back to the States and make his predictions again. I underestimated (or is that overestimated?) him.
Juval Aviv is back, back, back, back with his friends at FOX News, and guess what he’s predicting on FOX?
We’re at critical times right now between this time and the inauguration, where terrorists are gearing up.
We still have a lot to prepare and a lot to do before the next event, an event that looks today more like it could happen than ever before….
I believe that the next attack will not be an aviation attack, but will be on mass transportation which is wide open and vulnerable.
I believe that the next attack will be 5, 6, 7 cities simultaneously at shopping malls, mass transportation, where a lot of people are at a certain time that they’re going to count on. Rush Hour. That’s the easiest way; to leave it in a truck, a parked truck somewhere, or just going into a subway and committing suicide. This is the most popular way of doing it, and unfortunately the easiest way to do it in America.
I always try to get FOX to donate half an hour a week to security and safety, and booking an expert to discuss what we should do in case things happen.
I think with what is happening right now in the Middle East, that may escalate. The war in Gaza may escalate into the North, Hezbollah and who knows where else. The Islamic world is in uprage. There’s going to be retaliation. Hamas will be defeated, and the only resort of revenge is terrorism. And we will feel that. We already see demonstrations around the world. We already see a lot of hate opposed to America and Israel and we will see some retaliation in the very, very near future and on a large scale.
We see already a lot of pre-terrorist attack preparation.
But wait… I should be fair to FOX News. They’re not the only outlet to be duped or to knowingly pass on baloney; a reporter for NBC is also gleefully shoveling out Juval Aviv’s scheiße, along with the dutiful note that Mr. Aviv has a book for sale:
I had an eye opening conversation with the president of that company and what he says all of us need to do.
“We are very complacent. America is complacent and you know, we are a target.”
Mr. Aviv believes the next big terror attack will target mass transit, malls or other large public gatherings simultaneously in five or more cities. The goal being economic paralysis: keep people from going to work.
Chandra Bill, reporter: “How do we educate the public?”
You know, I think Chandra Bill is the first person I’ve seen referring to herself with a profession after her name since the days of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective and Quincy, ME.
As they did when Juval Aviv popped out with his predictions in 2005 and 2007, bloggers are going apoplectic in reaction. I’m astounded to see the fear gears cranking up again, not even bothering to gather new material. Perhaps I shouldn’t be astounded any longer. People forget enough not to notice (or is it to care?) when the old lie is passed around again, no matter whether it is a little lie (my uncle’s cousin’s friend’s neighbors put razor blades in the apples on Halloween, so stay home) or a big one (the terrorists are going to attack 5-7 or 6-8 cities very soon).
Perhaps I should dare to make a little prediction of my own: two years from now, if Juval Aviv hasn’t suffered a stroke, he’ll be speaking to some audience on the television or in person somewhere, explaining that the terrorists are gearing up, that chatter is high, and that some time very soon 5,6 or 7 cities in the USA will be hit, so we’d better clutch our knees and sit tight. Most of the people in that audience will believe it. And some of them will try to do something to the rest of us to make themselves feel better.