Cross posted from Article of Faith:
Ok, you know the story: “A 20-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested Friday and charged with posting messages on Internet chat boards threatening that radioactive “dirty bombs” would go off at National Football League stadiums in seven cities on Sunday.”
And anyone with a functioning sports IQ of room temperature or better should have known it was a hoax. As Keith Olbermann put it the other night “[the hoax] should have been obvious to anybody at the bureau or Homeland who knew a thing about football or geography or time. The seven supposedly threatened cities were the football stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland, and Oakland. Except there isn’t a football stadium in New York. There hasn’t been a pro football game played in New York City since 1983.” All games played by the Jets and Giants are played in Jersey.
Olbermann also points out that the Department of Homeland Security said the attacks were “coordinated to be carried out simultaneously at 1pm eastern standard time”, even though three of the stadiums/games mentioned were west coast games that couldn’t have started any earlier than 4pm edt.
“Once again, thank you Homeland Security, for making us feel a little less secure for no good reason. Of course the propaganda worked regardless, the term “dirty bomb” got back into the consciousness just 19 days before the elections,” summarized Olbermann, and that’s the larger point.
Crackpot terror alerts should be coming fast and furious in the next 16 days until the November elections, mainly because, as the 2004 election season reminds us, the Department of Homeland Security has been nothing but a tool and weapon of fear of the executive branch since its inception. This “football hoax” is right up there with the Miami Seven, the the Lodi Imams, Tom Ridge and his Twister-mat colored terror alerts, and the scores of other bogus cases which have been hyped merely to scare the bejebus out of people in time for election day.
In fact, looky here: The GOP has a new attack ad that’s being compared to Lyndon Johnson’s Daisy Girl ad from the 60’s. The new GOP ad features Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and scores of other terrorists speaking directly to the cameras about wanting to “kill Americans”.
Go to the GOP site and check it out, because it’s really a scream. A scream as in “I can’t believe these guys are so f’ing stupid to remind everyone that five years later, George Bush still hasn’t caught Osama bin Laden or his top lieutenants.”