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    The federal Homeland Security Department said it was not a terror act, The Associated Press reported.

    Someone tell me how they could possibly *know* that!

    The only way they could "know" that is if they are hooked up online with every terrorist all over the world (and how would they know they "knew" them all?) to monitor everything and had heard conclusively from all "known" terrorists that none of them had done anything.

    In which case of course they would know of Bin Laden's whereabouts too...

    If they "know" that much then of course why don't they just send in troops and DEAL with all these terrorism sources whose doings/dealings of which "intelligence" supposedly informs them?  

    This is reducing it to the absurd, of course.  

    Just because they can't know it is not terrorism.  Unless...!!!

    We need to start questioning the relationships that yield all this "intelligence" on which they rely.

    This is ridiculous.

    Another problem with this statement:

    Officials said that the recovery operation could take three to five days

    What recovery aspect?  I personally called the Coast Guard three times.  I have been repeatedly told that it may take months to get the debris out of the river.

    Meanwhile no boats can possibly pass through that closed ten mile stretch.  Now indeed that may not amount to a breach national security interests at this moment, but to just shut down and strangle a river?  This is not a problem which will be resolved in days.  Critical evidence gained from manual examination of the pieces of the collapsed bridge can not be seen until it is seen - until they are brought out of the river and into broad daylight for inspection - and what is in the water will be there, by the Coast Guard's word, for months.

    DHS does not KNOW anything.  They just say so.

    Why???!!!  Is this NYT report somehow false as Reuters' turned out to be?  This is insane.  

    Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will... abdicate [to] his image [which is] much more powerful than he could ever be. -McLuhan

    by stonemason on Sun Aug 05, 2007 at 10:23:57 AM PDT

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