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News Of The Day
Friday, 7 October 2005
News Of The Day

As I watched the cable news networks last night, I noticed that they were obsessed with the alleged terror threat to New York City's subways.

What most of the networks did not mention, however, is that the federal government does not believe the threat is credible. In fact, the threat is so minimal that the Feds did not even see the need to notify the public.

The media would rather scare the crap out of the American people than responsibly report the news. Fearmongering, I guess, is good for ratings.

Here's the part of the transcript that you should read from Anderson Cooper's show on CNN:

COOPER: The question, of course, necessary to ask, hard to answer, is, how seriously ought we take this new threat? That's what analysts mean when they talk about credibility of information. CNN's homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve has been looking to that in Washington.

Jeanne, what have you found out?

JEANNE MESERVE, CNN HOMELAND SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, Department of Homeland Security officials say that they've received specific but not credible information about the subway threat within the last couple of days.

The information was developed in Iraq, according to sources of CNN's Kelli Arena. And as you've heard, it involved the use of explosives in baby carriages.

The DHS officials with whom I've spoken said that intelligence analysts lead to the conclusion that the information was of doubtful credibility. And that because of information again gathered overseas.

CNN's Jamie McIntyre reporting that there was a raid south of Baghdad last night carried out against suspected Al Qaeda operatives. Now, earlier today, administration officials with whom I spoke seemed somewhat surprised that New York officials were going forward and making this public pronouncements. But this evening, they're saying that there was a good flow of information both ways all the way along and that they understand that local officials took these steps out of an abundance of caution.

But it's notable that federal officials chose to take a different tact. They did not make a public announcement because the lack of credibility and lack of corroboration. And there will be no change in the nation's threat level -- Anderson?

COOPER: So when they say "lack of credibility," that's lack of credibility coming from the source? I mean, do you know? Is it just one source?

MESERVE: Well, it appears that they had an initial source and then there was this additional activity last night, that Jamie McIntyre reported, in Iraq, and that some of that information also went into their calculations that led then to their conclusion ultimately that it was of doubtful credibility.

COOPER: But, again, the information seems to come out from Iraq and specifically about some sort of devices in baby carriages?

MESERVE: That's correct. That's correct.

COOPER: Jeanne Meserve, thanks for the update from Washington.

MESERVE: You bet.

Terrorists do not have to attack in order to terrorize. The media will do that for them.

Posted by biz7/newsoftheday at 4:13 PM EDT
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