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Send In The Clowns
(Chris Williams, The Register, 24th December 2009)

If you wanted proof that Bushco had no clue and were overrun with amateurs, here's proof... In 2003, a technological snake oil salesman convinced the management gnomes at CIA and the Bush White House, including George Tenet and Homeland Security, that he had devleoped software that could analyze and decrypt secret "barcodes" in broadcasts by Al Jazeera which contained secret "messages". Dennis Montgomery, 50-year-old chief technology officer at Reno, Nevada-based eTreppid Technologies was so convincing the government issued orders to "ground transatlantic flights, deploy heavily armed police on the streets of Manhattan and evacuate 5,000 people from the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge told the press the terror alert was the result of "credible sources - about near-term attacks that could either rival or exceed what we experienced on September 11" - FEAR, FEAR, FEAR - We will PROTECT You!!! But not all at CIA were duped. A counter-intelligence official said, "We were fucking livid. I was told to shut up. I was saying, 'This is crazy. This is embarrassing.'" Frances Townsend, the senior homeland security adviser to Bush, said she did not regret having relied on Montgomery's mysterious intelligence. "It didn't seem beyond the realm of possibility. We were relying on technical people to tell us whether or not it was feasible," she said. Well, I guess if you get your intelligence from Dick Tracy comic books anything is possible. It all fell nicely into the policy of "FEAR" the idiots at Bushco wanted implemented. Hopefully, those currently in place at 1600 are a little more reality-based...hopefully. But, of course, that's just this old Curmudgeon's opinion...

posted by An Old Curmudgeon 8:31 AM

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