posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 11:42 AM
So, I was reading a different topic this morning and, as so often occurs, it sent my mind off in a number of different directions. The gist of it is
that a warning was issued that there may be an attack on the US around the anniversary of 9-11.
A large number of posters replied that it was just fearmongering and that it was a big ruse to get the public on edge. This topic isn't about
Also it was mentioned there that there was chatter going back as far as the early 90s and that the US should have known that 9-11 was going to happen.
This topic isn't about that, either.
What this topic is about is what level of information and warning you think is appropriate.
Since this enemy tends to use independent cells to carry out it's operations there isn't the kind of troop build up you would normally see in a more
conventional theater of operations. Based on the failures of 9-11 the gov't has decided to err on the side of caution in releasing these warnings
which, of course, brings to instantly to my mind the tale of the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
For those not familiar with this story, it basically revolves around a shephard boy who cries out "wolf!" to bring the villagers running when, in
fact there is no wolf. Finally, the lupine rears it's pointy toothed head and the boy cries wolf once more yet no one comes and his sheep (and in
some tellings he himself) are all gobbled up.
Should the gov't warn the population even without 100% certainty of an attack?
Has the extra vigilance as a result of the warnings perhaps prevented further attacks?
Should the gov't adopt a wait and see policy and then deal with damage control when it happens?
Please remember that this isn't a topic accusing the gov't of fearmongering with a terrorist boogyman. Please stay on topic as to what criterion
you think that the gov't should follow when issuing these warnings.
Personally, I feel that the gov't should issue warnings any time there is any increase in "chatter" or around appropriate holidays. It doesn't
fill me with fear, but it reminds me to be extra vigilant. There is the valid concern of it losing it's "punch" in being a warning, but I feel
that it is well worth it to have an informed populace.
Thank you for your time.