January 4, 2003

Homeland Insecurity: Terror Alerts Manufactured?

FBI agents say White House scripting 'hysterics' for political effect

by Jon Dougherty

Intelligence pros say the White House is manufacturing terrorist alerts to keep the issue alive in the minds of voters and to keep President Bush's approval ratings high, Capitol Hill Blue reports.


["The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded the tip that led to a nationwide hunt for five men suspected of infiltrating the United States on Christmas Eve was fabricated by an informant, ABC News reported."-- FBI Concludes Story About Five Infiltrators Was Hoax, AFP, January 7, 2003]

["By the middle of this week, they had starred in hundreds of newspaper and television reports and had been on the lips of everyone from U.S. President George W. Bush to Senator Hilary Clinton, who announced at a press conference that they had entered the United States through Canada."--Peter Cheney and victor Malarek, The Case of the Five Vanishing Suspects, Globe and Mail, January 4, 2003]

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