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  •  Luckily everything changed after Obama was elected (3+ / 0-)
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    If this were Bush, one would be suspicious of manipulation of terror alerts.  But Bush's two terms were merely a blip, an uncharacteristically anti-democratic and criminal time for the US.  I choose to look forward and not back.  Well, let's indulge a teeny little peek back at a previous indicator that, yes, there have been manipulation of terror alerts in our recent history.  The following chart shows a strong correlation between the terror alert going up when adverse events caused W's popularity to sag.

    terror alert v news photo approval_alert_graph2_zps87992469.jpg

    But luckily, everything changed after Obama was elected.  The War on Terror is much more real and legitimate now, and not just an excuse for giving up our liberties along with billions of dollars to military contractors.

    Secrecy is a hot bed of vanity. - Joseph Brodsky They who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them for their blindness. – John Milton 1642

    by geomoo on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 10:03:35 AM PDT

    •  You know, too much time at the Great Orange (3+ / 0-)
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      Satan can turn my mind to mush.  I've read your interesting comment three times, and I don't understand the tone.  In particular, you say:

      But luckily, everything changed after Obama was elected.  The War on Terror is much more real and legitimate now, and not just an excuse for giving up our liberties along with billions of dollars to military contractors.
      Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but are you serious with that?
      •  Sorry, my bad (3+ / 0-)
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        JesseCW, Timaeus, poligirl

        It's a perennial problem. That was most decidedly snark.  I chose snark because, as you say, it's impossible to prove anything, so one is left with innuendo or talking around things.

        To be straightforward, my point is that what has happened before can happen again.  There is a very strong indication that terror alerts have been used cynically in the past, and at that time the denials that such was true were strong and those making such claims suffered slings and arrows.

        In my honest opinion, wrt the so-called War on Terror, very little of importance changed the day Obama was elected. And that is how I really feel.

        Secrecy is a hot bed of vanity. - Joseph Brodsky They who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them for their blindness. – John Milton 1642

        by geomoo on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 10:17:34 AM PDT

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