Alice in Wonderland
Am I the only one who sees the parallels here? The media seems to be overly concerned with the fact that homeland security chief tom ridge did not raise the terror level while warning americans there is a likely chance we will be an attack between now and the November elections.
This from the houston chronicle:
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said today he saw no contradiction in the government's renewed public warning of likely terrorist act and its unwillingness to raise the official alert status.
Appearing today on morning network news shows, Ridge denied that the Bush administration was talking publicly of a threat -- without increasing the official alert status -- to insulate itself from criticism in the event an attack happens.
houston chronicle article
Okay. So I've read numerous publications and reporters and their sources have come to several conclusions:
*That the administration is crying wolf just to cover its ass.
*That the administration is trying to take the media spotlight away from the fact that enron chief ken lay was just indicted and that bush is buddies with him.
*That the administration is connecting terror attacks with elections (like with what happened in madrid) and trying to imply that a vote for Kerry is a vote for Osama.
This from NY Newsday columnist, ellis henican:
With each new pointless warning, with each new breathless plea, those around George W. Bush are trying to link the terrorists with the Democrats.
Al-Qaida wants to "influence the American election," we are told. The terrorists hope to "pull another Spain," where the ruling party was voted out after the Madrid subway was bombed.
The implication isn't accidental, and it gets real ugly real fast: A vote for John Kerry, we are supposed to conclude, is a vote for Osama bin Laden.
While I don't disagree with these assumptions or conclusions I see them as beside the point. I think the real issue here is the influence that the government is trying to have over fearful Americans who may not go out and vote after hearing this. I doubt Mr. Ridge cares about the "democratic process." He only seems to care about the bottom line: put the fear of God into people and keep the "bewildered herd" (as Noam Chomsky says) in line.
One can only assume that the government has not raised the terror level because there really is no new information. Or they want to confuse people. And while they are issuing these alerts and warning people that they may be attacked, they are underhandedly trying to write discrimination into the Constitution. I just got an email from NOW that said the Senate is said to begin debating the new Federal Marriage Amendment that would ban gay marriage.
Here's the info:
The Federal Marriage Amendment, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), would amend the U.S. Constitution to read "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."
And here's a funny quote from a Democratic congresswoman regarding the weird timing of these alerts and the ban. (it was from www.sfgate.com
"Here we are taking up things like class action reform and gay marriage when we are being called up to a secret meeting room to be told we need to be on guard about what might happen to our country," she said. "Sometimes you think you are in Alice in Wonderland."
--------------By the way I just heard Lila Lipscomb on the O'Franken Factor (on Air America Radio) talk about Michael Moore and Paul Wolfowitz. For those of you who may not know who she is, Lipscomb is a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq. She was featured in Moore's movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. Her story was harrowing. To hear her made me want to cry all over again. An interesting thing she said that was not in the movie though, is that there was slightly more to the scene in which she goes to D.C. and is distraught and talking to a person opposing the war. Some woman comes up to her and says this is all staged. Well Lipscomb said that after that the woman later apologized and hugged her. ---------------