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That's not news, that's more fear-mongering the-terrorists-are-out-to-get-us propoganda.
 
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Smurf said:
That's not news, that's more fear-mongering the-terrorists-are-out-to-get-us propoganda.
A la they are not protecting dangerous factories, water reservoires etc. any better than they did on 9/11 etc.
 
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And as you can plainly see by all the attacks on cargo planes and factories and reservoires and oil fields.... we clearly will all die if we don't start protecting them from the aggressive war-mongering ameri... umm.. terrorists
 
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Smurf said:
And as you can plainly see by all the attacks on cargo planes and factories and reservoires and oil fields.... we clearly will all die if we don't start protecting them from the aggressive war-mongering ameri... umm.. terrorists
I was so frightened, I moved to China however there have been people asking if I would like a new career in coal mining.
 
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Smurf said:
That's not news, that's more fear-mongering the-terrorists-are-out-to-get-us propoganda.
Yes, becuase 9/11 didn't actually happen.
 
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Pengwuino said:
Yes, becuase 9/11 didn't actually happen.
Duh. Like these guys are going for high tech solutions!?

They are blowing up trains in the UK with liquid explosives held in Tupperware!!!

Are you going to license the sale of Tupperware in the USA?

Will you have a five day waiting period to buy turpentine and a burpable container?

Come on Pengwuino ... when you start with this shyte ... ohsama has won.
 
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The Smoking Man said:
ohsama has won.
Yeah...that ohsama guy... :rofl:
 
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I have to ask one question: What is the logic behind posting it in the news when you find a security weakness? Isn't that a bit like screaming "attack us here?"
 
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loseyourname said:
I have to ask one question: What is the logic behind posting it in the news when you find a security weakness? Isn't that a bit like screaming "attack us here?"
That is what I was thinking.... :confused:
 
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The Smoking Man said:
Duh. Like these guys are going for high tech solutions!?

They are blowing up trains in the UK with liquid explosives held in Tupperware!!!

Are you going to license the sale of Tupperware in the USA?

Will you have a five day waiting period to buy turpentine and a burpable container?

Come on Pengwuino ... when you start with this shyte ... ohsama has won.
Well you sure did prove me wrong there! I guess terrorists ARENT out to get me as my previous post argued against. Thank you for clearing that up.
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loseyourname said:
I have to ask one question: What is the logic behind posting it in the news when you find a security weakness? Isn't that a bit like screaming "attack us here?"
Heres another question. We've been hearing these reports ever since 9/11 and we've been hearing that this target and that target and this and that is vulnerable (a few ACTUALLY being vulnerable.... as some people actually think slamming an airplane into a nuclear power plant will actually rupture the core or that pissing into a lake will kill a city) but why hasn't anything happened? I mean, if supposedly, CNN can just walk around placing bombs on airplanes.... why hasn't any terrorist done it? I mean im sure trained terrorists are better capable of doing it then a few 23 year old CNN secretaries...
 
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Pengwuino said:
Heres another question. We've been hearing these reports ever since 9/11 and we've been hearing that this target and that target and this and that is vulnerable (a few ACTUALLY being vulnerable.... as some people actually think slamming an airplane into a nuclear power plant will actually rupture the core or that pissing into a lake will kill a city) but why hasn't anything happened? I mean, if supposedly, CNN can just walk around placing bombs on airplanes.... why hasn't any terrorist done it? I mean im sure trained terrorists are better capable of doing it then a few 23 year old CNN secretaries...
Duh ... Because a terrorist by definition acts to create terror and draw attention to his cause.

When the interest wanes and you stop running around sticking your finger in the Dyke then they will hit you again.

Bin Laden's latest 'letter to America' stated he was out to bankrupt the USA but he was on a budget.

He LIKES Bush in the White House. He KNOWS he's scared to death and pumping massive amounts of money into Homeland Security.

You're being played like a cheap violin.

As soon as you stop making fortress USA, he will strike again to start you working at it again.

It's called poking you with a stick.
 
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Pengwuino said:
Heres another question. We've been hearing these reports ever since 9/11 and we've been hearing that this target and that target and this and that is vulnerable (a few ACTUALLY being vulnerable.... as some people actually think slamming an airplane into a nuclear power plant will actually rupture the core or that pissing into a lake will kill a city) but why hasn't anything happened? I mean, if supposedly, CNN can just walk around placing bombs on airplanes.... why hasn't any terrorist done it? I mean im sure trained terrorists are better capable of doing it then a few 23 year old CNN secretaries...
I agree they could have attacked in many ways since 9-11. Put yourself in their shoes and think what strategy would be best for your cause. It is far more successful to focus efforts in Iraq, where they can make the war-mongering Americans look even worse, bleeding us slowly of our tax dollars, military, etc. while having a wonderful training ground for future terrorists. In the meantime the worst thing they could do is create another "rally around the flag" impetuous for Dubya and his good ole boys by attacking on U.S. soil. Same reason why we don't want Bush assassinated and made into a martyr, get it?
 
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The Smoking Man said:
He KNOWS he's scared to death and pumping massive amounts of money into Homeland Security.
I agree with everything except this part...Bush, the alerts, and the media (like this article) are the terrorists we face. Homeland Security? :rofl:
 
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SOS2008 said:
I agree with everything except this part...Bush, the alerts, and the media (like this article) are the terrorists we face. Homeland Security? :rofl:
See this is the attitude that makes me rather confused. The World Trade Center comes down and the Pentagon is hit and the thought process of hte liberal mind goes "There are no terrorists, they don't want to hurt us". No wonder they always say "Remember 9/11".... it looks like people tend to forget very easily.

And if i was a terrorist, screw Iraq, millions of dollars, thousands of people for only a few thousand news reports of crap from Iraq for 2 1/2 years. Bring a few hundred dollars worth of equipment and 2 or 3 people and set off in a nfl game or nba game or something and people will go ape**** and we'll end up paying billions upon billions and get thousands of news report within a few weeks. I mean there probably won't be much flag waving since the left-wing portion of this countries first reaction was to blame America first and try to find ways to blame Bush for it... pff, some flag waving.
 
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Pengwuino said:
See this is the attitude that makes me rather confused. The World Trade Center comes down and the Pentagon is hit and the thought process of hte liberal mind goes "There are no terrorists, they don't want to hurt us". No wonder they always say "Remember 9/11".... it looks like people tend to forget very easily.

And if i was a terrorist, screw Iraq, millions of dollars, thousands of people for only a few thousand news reports of crap from Iraq for 2 1/2 years. Bring a few hundred dollars worth of equipment and 2 or 3 people and set off in a nfl game or nba game or something and people will go ape**** and we'll end up paying billions upon billions and get thousands of news report within a few weeks. I mean there probably won't be much flag waving since the left-wing portion of this countries first reaction was to blame America first and try to find ways to blame Bush for it... pff, some flag waving.
I never said there are no terrorists, and in fact I say they want to hurt us as they are doing in Iraq. I do blame America for our poor so-called Homeland Security if for no other reason than Bush and his open border policies. Why do conservatives always revert to "remember 9-11" in defense of Bush's bad policies? Because conservatives are clueless about terrorism (which is reflected in your post) causing terrorism to increase, not decrease. I am waving a flag, more than you, but you have blinders on (that's me over on your left waving a flag as hard as I can).
 
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Pengwuino said:
See this is the attitude that makes me rather confused. The World Trade Center comes down and the Pentagon is hit and the thought process of hte liberal mind goes "There are no terrorists, they don't want to hurt us". No wonder they always say "Remember 9/11".... it looks like people tend to forget very easily.

And if i was a terrorist, screw Iraq, millions of dollars, thousands of people for only a few thousand news reports of crap from Iraq for 2 1/2 years. Bring a few hundred dollars worth of equipment and 2 or 3 people and set off in a nfl game or nba game or something and people will go ape**** and we'll end up paying billions upon billions and get thousands of news report within a few weeks. I mean there probably won't be much flag waving since the left-wing portion of this countries first reaction was to blame America first and try to find ways to blame Bush for it... pff, some flag waving.
And that is why you're such a DICK.

Nobody has said any such thing.

As far as your second paragraph ... we are still waiting to find out from you just what it was that Saddam had to do with the WTC?

Your own government agencies deny any connection.
 
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Oh come on!

Bush, the alerts, and the media (like this article) are the terrorists we face
Those are the terrorists we face? Most rational people think the terrorism comes when airplanes start crashing into buildings. I dont know about you but im a little more worried about buildings falling around me then news articles that have said roughly the same thing for the last few decades.

And TSM, please grow up and get rid of the childish insults. Everyone knows Iraq has been breaking sanctions for years, firing on US aircraft for years, and commiting REAL atrocities for years. You simply need to grow up and look at the whole picture.
 
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Pengwuino said:
Those are the terrorists we face? Most rational people think the terrorism comes when airplanes start crashing into buildings. I dont know about you but im a little more worried about buildings falling around me then news articles that have said roughly the same thing for the last few decades.
You still have not mastered this concept yet have you Pengwuino. Terrorism is not aimed at the people it kills. It is aimed at the people who observe it.

You can't incite terror into someone who is dead and probably didn't know what hit him at the time.

Terror is what the people who are left feel. Terror is aided and abetted by all the things he said forcing us to relive what happened and the measures taken to prevent attacks.

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And TSM, please grow up and get rid of the childish insults. Everyone knows Iraq has been breaking sanctions for years, firing on US aircraft for years, and commiting REAL atrocities for years. You simply need to grow up and look at the whole picture.
Maybe I am looking at the whole picture and you are just viewing it from the Neocon point of view?

As far as Childishness ... well have you objectively re-read your posts with reference to all these little liberals being out to get you?

For a 'thinking man's website' you are sadly out of place.
 
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Pengwuino, the point you're missing is that the world is not black and white. Someone who's saying that we shouldn't be worried about some obscure thing being utilized by terrorists is not saying that we should forget about 9/11. They're merely saying that the marginal benefit of worrying about something of little importance is negligible compared with the marginal cost.

You must agree that there is a fundamental limit to how safe we can be. At some point, no matter how much we sacrifice, we are not contributing to our safety at all: we are only limiting our freedoms. The question then becomes this: how much should we sacrifice to approach this limit? Face it, you are thousands of times more likely to die in a car accident than you are in a terrorist attack. Nevertheless, we have come to live with that fact, because cars are useful, and illegalizing them would only hurt us. Similarly, no matter what we do, there will always be a terrorist threat. For every Osama out there that we can easily identify, there is a McVeigh and Kaczynski that we can't. Sure, we could prevent all Arabs from traveling on planes, outlaw fertilizer, and open up every letter to make sure that it doesn't contain a bomb, but what would be the point?

It would be a desperate game of Whack-a-Mole, and anybody who really wants to kill people to make a point can still do so. It is impossible to eliminate terrorism, so rather than turning into a fear-mongering, fascist state, we should just accept this fact, take reasonable precautions, and move on with our lives. I for one don't want to hear about the thousands of different ways that a terrorist could kill me, just as I don't want to hear about the thousands of different ways that my car could have a mechanical failure at 70 mph which causes my death.
 
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Well the thing about car accidents is that cars arent capable of whiping out many square blocks of people if htey ever decided to. The very fact that many terrorist activities are... dreamed up in nations that either have nuclear weapons or are near nations that have a really bad time accounting for their own nuclear materials is a very good reason to worry and take precautions. We really ahve no reason to think car deaths are going to skyrocket anytime soon aside from the remote possibility of GMC marketing a rocket powered car for $5000 but we do have a reason to think terrorist related deaths can skyrocket at any moment. At any moment, one or even ten terrorists can walk in with radiological bombs and de-humanize a few square blocks in a city.

And beyond that, whenever we hear about car crashes on the news or whatever, I dont see anyone calling it fear mongering...

And the actual point to be made is that terrorism, contrary to SOS's belief, comes from people trying to kill other innocent civilians on rather large scales... not news articles. I personally am more fearful of towers collapsing then i am of sensationalized CNN articles or MSNBC news reports
 
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Pengwuino said:
Those are the terrorists we face?
Here's an article that discusses what I refer to:

How Long Can the Country Stay Scared?

Want to learn how to create and sustain psychosis on a national scale? Look carefully at the public statements made by the Department of Homeland Security.

Here are a few random examples: "Weapons of mass destruction, including those containing chemical, biological or radiological agents or materials, cannot be discounted." "At least one of these attacks could be executed by the end of the summer 2003." "These credible sources suggest the possibility of attacks against the homeland around the holiday season and beyond."

The DHS's threat warnings have been vague, indeterminate, and unspecific. The threat index goes from yellow to orange and back again, although no one is entirely sure what either level means. We've been warned that the terrorists might use helicopters, scuba gear, even cheap prescription drugs from Canada. New York and Washington, D.C., were put on high alert one day, and the next day told that the alert was based on information years old. The careful wording of these alerts allows them not to require any sound, confirmed, accurate intelligence information, while at the same time guaranteeing hysterical media coverage. This headline-grabbing stuff might make for good movie plots, but it doesn't make us safer.

This kind of behavior is all that's needed to generate widespread fear and uncertainty. It keeps the public worried about terrorism, while at the same time reminding them that they're helpless without the government to defend them.

...A terrorist alert that instills a vague feeling of dread or panic, without giving people anything to do in response, is ineffective. Even worse, it echoes the very tactics of the terrorists. There are two basic ways to terrorize people. The first is to do something spectacularly horrible, like flying airplanes into skyscrapers and killing thousands of people. The second is to keep people living in fear. Decades ago, that was one of the IRA's major aims. Inadvertently, the DHS is achieving the same thing.

...The DHS's incessant warnings against any and every possible method of terrorist attack has nothing to do with security, and everything to do with politics. In 2002, Republican strategist Karl Rove instructed Republican legislators to make terrorism the mainstay of their campaign. Study after study has shown that Americans worried about terrorism are more likely to vote Republican. Strength in the face of the terrorist threat is the basis of Bush's reelection campaign.

Speaking about terrorist threat warnings, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said: "We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security." Despite these words, it's increasingly clear that politics is at the heart of Bush's counter-terrorism program.
http://www.schneier.com/essay-055.html
 
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The Smoking Man said:
You still have not mastered this concept yet have you Pengwuino. Terrorism is not aimed at the people it kills. It is aimed at the people who observe it.

You can't incite terror into someone who is dead and probably didn't know what hit him at the time.

Terror is what the people who are left feel. Terror is aided and abetted by all the things he said forcing us to relive what happened and the measures taken to prevent attacks.
So if we just ignored it, life is good? So im guessing obesity will just go away if everyone ignores it... I guess Saddam's atrocities wouldn't be so bad if no one investigated... Quit trying to play word games. Hell, some people call thsi whole little thing a "war" so i could just as easily say your a traitor because technically, you just ignored the enemy. Hell Osama calls it a war... many people here call it a war. Fact of the matter is, if we ignore it, it doesn't go away. You cant go back to '41 and tell everyone to ignore pearl harbor.

The Smoking Man said:
Maybe I am looking at the whole picture and you are just viewing it from the Neocon point of view?

As far as Childishness ... well have you objectively re-read your posts with reference to all these little liberals being out to get you?

For a 'thinking man's website' you are sadly out of place.
No, your just looken at it from the ignorant armchair lawyer viewpoint. I think your very much out of place as I think you'd better enjoy the discussions that take place in Iraqi safehouses.
 
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Well the thing about car accidents is that cars arent capable of whiping out many square blocks of people if htey ever decided to. The very fact that many terrorist activities are... dreamed up in nations that either have nuclear weapons or are near nations that have a really bad time accounting for their own nuclear materials is a very good reason to worry and take precautions. We really ahve no reason to think car deaths are going to skyrocket anytime soon aside from the remote possibility of GMC marketing a rocket powered car for $5000 but we do have a reason to think terrorist related deaths can skyrocket at any moment. At any moment, one or even ten terrorists can walk in with radiological bombs and de-humanize a few square blocks in a city.
At this point, cars kill many many more people each year than do terrorists, especially in America. The rest of your argument on this point seems to be contradicting an earlier point you made: according to you, the terrorists can kill thousands of people, use nuclear weapons, etc. But also according to you, there are many vulnerabilities that they have not taken advantage of, in spite of their apparent opportunities. This indicates that either they don't have the sort of technology you think they have, or that they can't bring it to America and use it, or perhaps that they don't want to (which has been covered already in the thread). In any case, they aren't attacking the United States, and until there exists a realistic chance that they will, I'll continue to be more frightened of crossing the street than of terrorist attacks.

And beyond that, whenever we hear about car crashes on the news or whatever, I dont see anyone calling it fear mongering...
Perhaps because the government can't really do anything to stop cars from crashing. Perhaps because people have no irrational fears concerning cars, as they do with terrorist attacks.

And the actual point to be made is that terrorism, contrary to SOS's belief, comes from people trying to kill other innocent civilians on rather large scales... not news articles. I personally am more fearful of towers collapsing then i am of sensationalized CNN articles or MSNBC news reports
Terrorism does not come from people trying to kill innocent civilians on any scales. This is a byproduct of terrorism, or rather, the most effective way for a terrorist to achieve his goals. As The Smoking Man said, terrorism's goals are to create fear/panic/hysteria, not necessarily to kill people. After all, a few civilian deaths are rather inconsequential to a terrorist seeking to topple an entire government or civilization. The resulting fear and willingness of people to surrender liberties in exchange for "protection," however, is not at all inconsequential.
 

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