Saturday, January 04, 2003

Now, normally I wouldn't link to a WorldNetDaily article. But when they start publishing something like this I just have to wonder how precarious Bush's position really is.
Terror alerts manufactured? FBI agents say White House scripting 'hysterics' for political effect
Intelligence pros say the White House is manufacturing terrorist alerts to keep the issue alive in the minds of voters and to keep President Bush's approval ratings high, Capitol Hill Blue reports.
The Thursday report said that the administration is engaging in "hysterics" in issuing numerous terror alerts that have little to no basis in fact.
"Unfortunately, we haven't made a lot of progress against al-Qaida or the war on terrorism," one FBI agent familiar with terrorism operations told CHB. "We've been spinning our wheels for several weeks now."
Other sources within the bureau and the Central Intelligence Agency said the administration is pressuring intelligence agencies to develop "something, anything" to support an array of non-specific terrorism alerts issued by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.
"Most of the time, we have little to go on, only unconfirmed snippets of information," a second FBI agent, who also was not named in the report, said. "Most alerts are issued without any concrete data to back up the assumptions."
Now, none of this comes as any surprise to those of us who have always considered the Bushies more then capable of engaging in false terrorism alerts in order to scare people into compliance. Unfortunately, this article is typical for a WorldNetDaily article what with its multiple claims of anonymous sources and unnamed groups assessing the actions of government. We saw the same kind of journalism without accountability during the Clinton years so I wouldn't be surprised if some of this is as manufactured as that was. What is newsworthy about this, though, is that the people at WND are turning their guns against the Bushies. What next? Falwell hawking copies of "The Bush Chronicles"? (Thanks to Right Wing Slayer for linking this)


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