So there I was, walking along on campus. I had just gotten out of class and the prof was heading in the same direction. So we talked.
“I don’t know about all of these terror alerts. We keep having them, one after another, and nothing ever happens. Makes me wonder if they’re real or not.”
I pointed out that the police are a political entity. All law enforcement is. If they get wind of a credible threat they’re going to issue an alert. That way their hinders are covered if they don’t manage to stop the bad guys in time.
“Oh, so you’re saying that the poilice are a political organization!”
Uh, yeah. Just said that.
“So they’re doing this to help Bush’s chances in the coming election!”
This gobsmacked me. I even stopped walking for a few steps. No one had ever suggested to me that the White House was cannily using terror alerts to manipulate the public.
So I tried to explain that this was nothing more than what the police do during every high-profile case. The media starts making noise about a rapist and they do the same thing. CYA, the first impulse of any political organization.
“But it’s possible, right? The President could be using terror alerts to distract the public and manipulate opinion?”
Well, yeah, sure. It’s possible! But the police follow this same pattern every single time they’re in the media spotlight.
“When Kerry wins we should see less of these terror alerts.”
This might seem obvious to someone who’s actually worked in law enforcement, but it seems to be less than clear to those who have never had to deal with the profession. Case in point.
I expect to see a lot more of this in the next few weeks. What do you want to bet that the Lefty bloggers take this and run it into the ground?
But, then again, it doesn’t look like any of those bloggers ever caught a bad guy.