Ken Layne is back from a long hiatus, and he’s smelling opportunism in the Sunday terror alert. He begins:
After getting through the insane security at CitiBank Headquarters—caused by four-year-old Evidence of Terror Plans released Sunday to scare the bejesus out of you—you get to say “Hi” to Laura Bush in the lobby! That’s neat. (emphasis added)
It’s neat when schedules work out that way.
Oh, and the Immediate Alert Scary-Ville terror info? Now they’re saying it actually refers to an attack planned for Sept. 2. You know, the last day of the Republican Convention in New York, when Bush gives his big speech?
This stinks. Go ahead and say, as Tom Ridge did this morning, “This is not about politics. It’s about confidence in government.” If you have to deny it’s about politics—while your party is actively campaigning in the locked-down buildings of New York City filled with teevee cameras and photographers and frazzled employees who wonder if today’s Terror Day—then you have done a Poor Job of showing us otherwise.
I didn’t know that. I’ve been content to be agnostic about this; I genuinely sympathize with the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” dillemma that the Administration faces.
But, yeah. If Homeland Security seriously believed that the CitiBank building was under direct threat- an “enemy target area”, specifically- what was Laura Bush doing there? Wouldn’t it put her safety at risk, while making the building a more attractive target?