Let us know we are wrong

Bruce Schneier offers a rational summary of recent terror activity, pointing to an incompetent enemy and our inappropriate response.

Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot

The recently publicized terrorist plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, like so many of the terrorist plots over the past few years, is a study in alarmism and incompetence: on the part of the terrorists, our government and the press.

Terrorism is a real threat, and one that needs to be addressed by appropriate means. But allowing ourselves to be terrorized by wannabe terrorists and unrealistic plots — and worse, allowing our essential freedoms to be lost by using them as an excuse — is wrong.

Declaring that no terrorist can measure up to the errors of President Bush, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on YouTube introduces the beginning of the end of America, while also reminding us that “In times of fright, we have become only human”.