August 13, 2006

Politics Before Public Safety

NBC is reporting that the US was putting strong pressure on the British government to make arrests earlier than British police officials wanted. The British police wanted more time to gather evidence. The British government was successfully resisting this pressure -- until its hand was forced by one of the conspirators being arrested in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Bruce Schneier, writing in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, tells us:

The new airplane security measures focus on that plot, because authorities believe they have not captured everyone involved. It's reasonable to assume that a few lone plotters, knowing their compatriots are in jail and fearing their own arrest, would try to finish the job on their own. The authorities are not being public with the details -- much of the "explosive liquid" story doesn't hang together -- but the excessive security measures seem prudent.

In other words, the US effort to make swift arrests resulted in conspirators being left at large, when they very may well have been rounded up when the careful. professional police work of Scotland Yard was complete.

Air travelers were placed unnecessarily at risk because the Bush Administration once again screwed the pooch.

Why did they screw the pooch? The obvious speculation is that they needed to highlight a dramatic terrorist threat in the wake of their water-carrier Joe Lieberman's well-deserved defeat in the Connecticut Democratic primary. The sudden hysterical claims that the Lieberman loss was a victory for terrorism, just before the arrests, seems like too much of a coincidence to think otherwise.

It's as plain as daylight: George Bush and his stooges think winning elections is more important than your safety. It is more important to the Bush people that you be afraid of terrorists than that you actually are protected from them.

(Hat tip: Avedon Carol)

Posted by abostick at August 13, 2006 11:43 AM
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And this is news? I believe it was POTUS who said to the CIA man briefing him about Osama and the threat of attacks before 9/11: "You've covered your ass, now get out." Bush is a moron, Rove is a monster, Cheney is a psychotic, Rumsfeld is an idiot. The list goes on and on. "I don't think about Osama much" says our President. But WE should be afraid and frightened and vote only for Republicans because they can protect us. This was all political, and I've got news for you, it's not just ugly and disgusting -- it's also TREASON.

EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN STOOGE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN FORCING THE BRITS TO ACT BEFORE THEY WERE READY FOR PURELY US POLITICAL PURPOSES SHOULD BE TRIED FOR TREASON. EVERY LAST ONE.

Oh, wait, never mind. The Vice President has already declared that anything the President does is legal and moral and right, so move along.

One morning the American people are going to wake up and realize that the Republican Administration in office and the Republican Rubber-stamp Congress are trying to KILL them.

Posted by: Charlie L at August 15, 2006 01:16 PM
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