WASHINGTON - There is an increased risk of a large-scale terrorist attack against the United States by al-Qaida prior to the Nov. 2 election “in an effort to disrupt our democratic process,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday, citing “credible” but non-specific intelligence.
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Despite the new information, the government is not raising its color-coded terror alert status because of the lack of specificity about possible targets, he said, adding that there is no evidence that terrorists are targeting the Democratic or Republican conventions.
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Okay, let me get this straight. You have 'credible evidence' but you're not raising the color code? Why the fuck not? Will it bite too deeply into your corporate cronies' bottom line? Fucking assholes. Like I said before, if my wife gets hurt because of this type of ineptitude, I'm gonna take it out of someone's ass.
If I were Tom Ridge, I'd be worried. From what I've read, the F-man did some things in the service of this country that I wouldn't want done to me.
Seriously though, he does have a point. Sometimes it's daunting working (like Mrs. Fixer) or going to school (like me) or living (like 2.5 million others) in Manhattan with these threats hanging over us. They never tell us when they catch suspects, or what nefarious plot they have foiled, yet they never fail to tell us when to be afraid. But that's how this Administration works. Keep us in fear so we'll agree to any abrogation of our rights and liberties.
3:00 pm: Jesse at Pandagon sees things along the same lines as the Fixer, but isn't putting on his combat uniform and war paint just yet. I'd hate to be the F-man's neighbor.