From Pine View Farm

Honoring 9/11 . . . with Lies 5

From the Annenberg Center (follow the link below for detailed analysis):

The pro-Bush group Progress for America is running a TV ad appealing directly to Americans’ fear of terrorists, saying bluntly “These people want to kill us.”

That’s true enough. But the ad falsely attributes the recent thwarting of a hijack plot to the President’s warrantless NSA wiretaps, when it was actually British authorities who uncovered it.

The ad also distorts the position of Iraq war critics, implying they propose to withdraw from “the Middle East” and not just Iraq.

And in a bit of bad luck, the ad cites the case of al-Qeda affiliate Zarqawi as evidence of the success of Bush’s anti-terror campaign – one day before the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report saying Saddam Hussein considered him an outlaw and tried to have him arrested.

Meanwhile, over at Nieman Watchdog, James Forrest, Assistant Professor and Director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy, suggests a way to improve the USA’s domestic security strategy:

Instead of “fueling the fear” — that is, giving an already troubled nation new reasons to “duct tape themselves inside their homes” — the government must do more to educate the general public on what each of us can do to reduce the vulnerabilities we share as a nation. Previous examples of nations who have endured long terror campaigns (including Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom) demonstrate that a well-informed public is a vital part of developing their ability to withstand any kind of terror attack or other catastrophic event.

Since promoting fear and secrecy seems to be a “family value” of the Federal Administration knows, I suspect that they are unlikely to heed his recommendations.



  1. phillybits

    September 11, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Why am I not surprised at that? Claiming credit for something someone else did…

  2. Opie

    September 11, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    What does James Forrest think the public should be doing “to reduce our vulnerabilities?” How does he think we can thwart a terrorist attack?

  3. Frank

    September 11, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Did you follow the link?

    I would summarize it as follows (and I admit this summary has my twist on it): Part of an effective strategy includes educating the public in how to be aware and what to do when it notices something out of kilter, rather than simply playing with meaningless color-codes and prattling about duct tape.

  4. Opie

    September 11, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Yeah, I did follow the link, (and just checked it again a second ago,) but the only concrete suggestions he seems to have involve surviving the attacks, not preventing them. He mentions President Bush’s Citizen Corps, but nothing about being aware and what to look for in terms of anything being out of kilter. I was just wondering what he thinks we should do.

  5. Frank

    September 11, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    As to what we as individuals should do he does say little. Rather, the point I see is what he thinks the government should do: educate and inform, rather than obsfucate and deceive.