By Tim Findley
The Hatch [N.M.] Courier
|So what does it mean? Every time
you put a load of manure in the back of the Dodge and
stop by the diesel pump to fill up, somebody's going to
call a terrorist alert?
The FBI backed off its national panic this week after their all-points bulletin quickly caught up with a rented truck hauling fertilizer, which turned out to be just that---a rented truck hauling fertilizer, not a rolling bomb.
If it seems a little silly now, and a bit exaggerated to make something of it here, consider the implications just a little further.
In its haste to alert the entire nation, even corners of it thousands of mile out of range of a rented truck seen in Texas, the FBI desperately released descriptions of the possible "terrorists," including an artist's sketch of a fifty-year-old white man who looked, by God, just like one of them crazy red necks who might do it.
And they pointed out that what made it all that much more likely and that much more sinister was that it's almost the fourth anniversary of the federal attack on the Branch Davidians, and it's right on the verge of the trial beginning for the accused Oklahoma City bomber, who, by the way, pretty much fits that crazy red neck profile himself.
The national media bought it right away. Do you have any
doubt that network news
producers all over New York were scrambling to secure
helicopters, blimps and spy satellite time if necessary
to cover what they hoped would be the chase and ultimate
capture of the fertilizer terrorists along some open
stretch of plains states freeway?
they used to use to get
us ready for an A-bomb attack in the Cold War.
insanelymotivated enough to set off that blast in
Oklahoma City. But was it McVeigh? Why?
hunts of the fifties.
In the CoIntelPro program against blacks in the '60s. In
the black bag actions of the Nixon administration in the
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