Saturday, February 09, 2008

New York Times 07-10-2001: "The Declining Terrorist Threat" by Larry C. Johnson

The New York Blind:This is an Op-ed published in the New York Times on July 10, 2001, just two months before 9/11, almost to the day. The article was written by Larry C. Johnson a former State Department and CIA "counterterrorism specialist." If this article doesn't illustrate willful blindness and ignorance, I don't know what does. And this came from "the paper of record" and a former pathetic mind at the CIA. Good lord! Unfortunaltly, our intelligence community is still infested with surrender monkeys and blind folks like these. Instead of sweeping for listening devices, perhaps they should sweep these agencies for Stockholm syndrome sufferers.

A small sample:

"Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism. None of these beliefs are based in fact....Terrorism is not the biggest security challenge confronting the United States, and it should not be portrayed that way."

I realize it's an "op-ed", but really! This is right up there with the New York Times ignoring the Holocaust in the 30's and condemning Israel for taking out the Iraqi Nuclear reactor at Osirak in the 80's. How wrong do you get to be before you are considered a joke?
h/t: Atlas

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