This morning, CBS News is reporting as one of its top headlines, Terror Threat Looms Over U.S. Holidays.
What happened while you were sleeping? Was a terrorist plot to attack people across the United States uncovered?
What happened was that CBS News Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr was looking for something to write about, and so he talked to some “terrorism experts”, people who make their living by encouraging people to expect a terrorist attack at any time. The terrorism experts, in turn, told Orr that government officials are “openly nervous” that terrorists might attack… so they’re ordering special new screening procedures at all airports, targeting every thermos for special inspection.
“The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside beverage containers,”The Transportation Security Administration warns. “The holiday’s [sic] are often considered by Terrorism experts to be a key time for terrorists to attempt an attack on the United States,” writes Bob Orr.
Have terrorists actually killed anyone in the United States during any winter holiday in the last generation? No.
Have terrorists actually used thermoses to attack the United States? No.
Yet, Orr writes of a “growing threat of domestic terror”. By what measure is domestic terror a growing threat? By the measure of how much our constitutional rights, such as the protection from unreasonable search and seizure, are undermined by fear (terror) run rampant.
In related news, CBS News circus animal expert Rob Bohr writes that a tiger mauling threat looms over the holidays. Circus experts are openly nervous that a tiger could break free of its trainer’s control, and engage in a savage attack.
It’s happened before… How can anyone enjoy Yule while worrying about the tigers?