Thursday, August 10, 2006

Only traitors try to make us afraid of terrorists

When you are done readng about this, read this (warning PDF).

Any politician that tries to use this as an excuse to give the police more powers, to expand out military adventurism or to curtail our rights is a liar and a traitor and needs to be treated as such. Don't let the hand wringing a few and coffee-can coloured "warning" signs lull you into a "false sense of insecurity."

Find more commentary here and here.


Both Gwyne Dyer and Greg Morrow made great analysis and observations about the real threat of terrorism when our 17 plotters were caught in June. Now, as then, the plot was foiled not by draconian laws taking away our rights and freedoms, not by repressing minorities and not by cowering in fear, but by good police work and intelligence:

"An undercover British agent infiltrated the group, giving the authorities intelligence on the alleged plan, several U.S. government officials said.

The men had not bought plane tickets, the officials said, but they were in the process of perusing the Internet to find flights to various cities that had similar departure times."[emphasis mine]

That's how terrorism is defeated - good policing, good intelligence, freedom and refusing to live in fear and with hatred. (h\t to macadavy in the comments)

Anyone that tells you different is a coward.


Glad to see KevinG agrees. Where is that buddy with the Guy Fawkes mask when we need him?


At 1:48 PM, Blogger leftdog said...

You are right on the money with this!! I've just finished reading an interesting book "CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE" By John W. Dean. He is an 'old style; Republican who has no love for Bush Jr or Sr. In his analysis of what is happening in the US tody, he states that we are witnessing the emergence of an authoritarian state. Fear is the glue that binds it all together. Ongoing 'crisis' keeps the people in such a state that opponents of the move to authoritarianism simply cannot be heard my the masses. Once again, I repeat, you are right on the money!

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Morrow @ democraticSpace has an excellent post on this subject, too:

At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Conservatives without a Conscience"? Isn't the title redundant? Goes without saying I think. The logic gene must be on the same strand of dna as the conscience one as it defies reason this dark stuff.........

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Alison said...

That article at was very interesting and I do agree with his premise about seeing terrorism in proportion to the many other threats to life.
But I also note it was written two years ago. Although it probably still holds, I fear the sharp increase in colonial oil adventures has probably raised the probabilty of serious terrorist attacks somewhat. Al Qaeda was just a vanguard for the many other groups undoubtedly forming right now.
The point about fear however still obtains.

Really good to see you posting again, in case I forgot to mention it previously.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Thanks Alison.

I agree that many others may be forming right now, mainly because of Iraq and a lesser extent, Afghanistan. Most certainly because of Lebanon.

But statistically speaking, its not going to raise it much above the 1 in 9.3 million chance.

You are still more likely to be struck by lightening...while scratching the winning lottery ticket...than to be killed or injured in an act of terror.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Jay Jardine said...

In one of his recent books, I think I recall James Bovard did a reality check on terrorism by comparing the number of people killed by terrorists (i.e. non-government entities) versus the number of people directly killed by government agents (i.e. cops, soldiers, death squads) over a ten year period. I don't recall the exact numbers or the time frame he used but I think he conclusively demonstrated that the risk of being killed by "approved" methods outweighed those posed by "freelancers".

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I totally agree Jay. Perhaps these folks feel more comfortable being killed by "official" sources...


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