Boing Boing: How long can America stay scared?: “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.”
This one’s a couple of weeks old, but it’s worth posting still. Bruce Schneier is always worth reading, but I wanted to wait until I’d actually read the articles before posting them. All good stuff, though, and pretty clearly explains the political reasons behind America’s regular announcements of vaguely worded security threats. Frightened people vote Republican.