August 22nd, 2009


Fear and Control

Fear is a tool of people who seek power at all costs. What they forget is that smart people are not easily driven by fear -- and foolish people are easily driven by it, but poorly controlled and prone to doing undesirable things such as fleeing or mobbing.

Ridge: I Was Pressured to Raise Terror Alert Level Before '04 Election
Olivier Knox, Agence France-Presse: "Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the 'terror alert' level to sway the November 2004 US election. Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books."

I am pleasantly surprised to hear that someone resisted pressure to falsify the terror measure. Such measures are usually falsified early and often.