The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:
One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 [...]
I strongly suggest you read “Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States,” a new report from the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law. The report documents three instances in which government agents approached individuals with no prior involvement in terrorist activities, spent [...]
Dianne Feinstein admitted yesterday is that there aren’t any threats. There aren’t any known terrorist plots. All of the government’s spying, here in the U.S.A and around the world, have led to the conclusion that the United States isn’t in any kind of specific danger. [...]
el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level
- Random House Dictionary
el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010
- George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary
If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, [...]
Bird Flu? That’s so 2005.
Swine flu? Two years past the post and no more or less dangerous than regular flu.
Satanic cults? Since 1987, they have gone completely underground, surfacing only on occasion to engage in ritualistic mass torture of algae.
I know that this year’s color is honeysuckle pink, but I have no [...]
One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]
The USA is like an aweto. How? [...]
I’ve just read that the United States government is doing away with color alerts. OK, so we never were at green. But I have to say I’ll miss orange alerts a little bit in my heart. There’ll be nothing left to remind Americans that a constant obsession with fear gets silly after a while. And [...]
If Juan Williams had thought about the presence of Muslims on airplanes rather than allowing his bigoted instincts to take over, he would have considered that, in the many times he had gotten afraid of Muslims on airplanes, nothing had bad had happened. [...]
The right-wing blogosphere is agog at President Barack Obama for saying the following to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this summer:
I said very early on, as a Senator and continue to believe, as a presidential candidate and now as president, that we can absorb a terrorist attack. We will do everything we can to prevent [...]