Our Director of Homeland Insecurity is trying to make you afraid:
I believe we're entering a period this summer of increased risk. We've seen a lot more public statements from Al Qaeda. There are a lot of reasons to speculate about that but one reason that occurs to me is that they're feeling more comfortable and raising expectations. In the last August, and in prior summers, we've had attacks against the West, which suggests that summer seems to be appealing to them. I think we do see increased activity in South Asia, so we do worry about whether they are rebuilding their capabilities. We've struck at them and degraded them, but they rebuild. All these things have given me kind of a gut feeling that we are in a period of increased vulnerability.
No doubt this news will send some scurrying to their bomb shelters, but the rest of us aren't going to let the terrorists win. We aren't going to quiver and shake and wet our pants with every pronouncement from the administration that the terrorists are about to attack us. Those of you on the right can go ahead and hand Al Qaeda the victory they desire by caving in to the fear that they are trying to spread, but we won't have any of it on our side.
Statements like these by Chertoff are, of course, utterly useless and do nothing to actually improve our security and help us win the war on terror. They are simply designed to spread fear among the populace in order to prop up the sagging political fortunes of our beleaguered President. I can think of no other possible explanation of why Chertoff feels it necessary to share his "gut feelings" with the American people. Chertoff should keep his guts to himself.
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