2005/01/18

As Jan 20 nears, terror warnings drop.

Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Bush has made this country safer. Throughout all of last year (an election year), we were on elevated or high terror alert levels. Whenever bush's #'s started to drop or there was a potentially damaging story about him, the terror alert level rose. I wake up this morning to a lowered terror alert level, 2 days before the coronation, even though Sir Ridge stated in April that "al Qaeda terrorists might strike during this week's presidential inauguration festivities in Washington" but I guess that was only if someone other than bush was crowned.


By Dan Eggen and Sari Horwitz, [link]">Washington Post Staff Writers


In April, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that al Qaeda terrorists might strike during this week's presidential inauguration festivities in Washington. The warning was part of a drumbeat sounded by U.S. officials throughout 2004 that terrorists were seeking to launch attacks both during and after the election season.


Nine months later, the threat level has been lowered, and Ridge, speaking at a news conference last week, said there is no evidence of a plot to disrupt President Bush ([link]">news - [link]">web sites)'s inauguration. Previous warnings, Ridge explained, stemmed from threat reports tied to the elections -- not to the inauguration more than two months later.



"There is nothing that we've seen, not just today, but over the period of the preceding several weeks, that gives us any reason to even consider, at this point, raising the threat level," Ridge said. "Normally, it's an aggregation of information we receive that we conclude is credible over a period of time. But there's absolutely nothing out there that would suggest we should even think about it."



The shift in rhetoric about the dangers posed by terrorists during the inauguration marks the latest retreat from last year's terrorism warnings, which, in retrospect, were based largely on faulty intelligence, dated information or -- as with the inauguration -- an educated guess.


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"This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign. We've declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah-we've got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism."

Yes, it does look like we're all safer. I'm thinking of digging an underground shelter real soon a really deep one.
1/18/2005 03:48:00 pm  
To Dianne:

"I'm thinking of digging an underground shelter real soon a really deep one."

Stop talking baby, and help dig ...
1/18/2005 08:27:00 pm  

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