March 14, 2002
Bush says bin Laden no Threat
"We haven't heard from him in a long time," Bush
told reporters at the White House. "I truly am not that concerned about him."
Bush's attitude to ex-CIA asset bin Laden proves he is a
nemesis wheeled out of his casket whenever the 9/11 terror
factor is required.
|"The elevation of the threat
level in New York, and New Jersey, and Washington DC is a serious reminder, a solemn reminder, of the threat
we continue to face." [8/2/2004]|
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The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though
then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat
level, Ridge now says.
Ridge, who resigned Feb. 1, said Tuesday that he often disagreed with
administration officials who wanted to elevate the threat level to orange, or "high" risk of terrorist attack,
but was overruled. [USA Today 5/10/2005]
|Last Thursday on Countdown, I referred to the latest terror threat - the reported bomb plot against the
New York City subway system - in terms of its timing. President Bush's speech about the war on terror had come
earlier the same day, as had the breaking news of the possible indictment of Karl Rove in the CIA leak
|I suggested that in the last three years there had been about 13 similar coincidences - a
political downturn for the administration, followed by a "terror event" - a change in alert status, an arrest,
a warning. We figured we'd better put that list of coincidences on the public record. [Full details]|
The following graph shows how Bush's approval ratings benefited from terror alerts:
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Osama bin Laden is, quite literally, a weapon of mass convenience.
|"Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its
own people. It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It
means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that." [Osama bin Laden 09/28/01]|