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Government-induced hysteria thrives on public ignorance, which is why President Bush is so confident of turning the British bomb plot to his partisan purposes. Otherwise, how could he dare claim that his policies have made the nation safer?
Consider, first off, that the attack envisioned -- smuggling liquid-explosive ingredients onto 10 passenger planes -- was outlined in chapter five of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report as a plot first exposed a decade ago. The originator of that planned hijacking of 12 U.S.-bound planes, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was also the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. According to U.S. prosecutors, his nephew, convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef, even managed to explode such a liquid-based bomb on a Manila-Tokyo flight, killing one passenger, as part of a plot code-named "Bojinka."
Because checking or banning fluids was not a focus of this administration's post-Sept. 11 airport security measures, this "coincidence" would suggest either enormous negligence on the part of those charged with protecting us or a ludicrous overreaction this past week. Knowing as we did of Mohammed's earlier plan, why wasn't the Department of Homeland Security requiring fliers to dump their bottles of hairspray and mother's milk before?
--Robert Scheer, Spinning Old Threats into New Fears, 16 Aug 2006
See the full article at AlterNet.org; see, in my COMMENTS section, intellectually dishonest, soi disant libertarians deny that this article can possibly be relevant because it is published at the wrong place.