In a Tuesday interview with The Chicago Tribune editorial board Director of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said:
"I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk[.]"
"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," he said of al-Qaeda. "We do worry that they are rebuilding their activities."
[H]e indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by past seasonal patterns of terrorist attacks, recent al-Qaeda statements, and intelligence he did not disclose.
There is an assessment "not of a specific threat, but of increased vulnerability," he added.
And remember Arkansas Republican State Party Chairman Dennis Milligan saying, "...I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], in June of this year.
And now after an investagation by the Government Accountability Office disclosed how easy it is for a bogus company to obtain a permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to purchase nuclear material for the construction of a "dirty" bomb, Republican Senator from Minnesota Norm Coleman says:“The economic and psychological effects of a dirty bomb detonating on American soil would be devastating The N.R.C. has a pre 9-11 mindset in a post 9-11 world focusing just on preventing another Chernobyl.”
Coleman, by the way who is up for re-election next year, faces a stiff challenge from Al Franken.
But I've gotten sidetracked. Let me add this little fact:
Vacancies in senior leadership positions at the Homeland Security Department are a vulnerability demanding immediate attention, the House Homeland Security Committee stated in a report released Monday.O.K., this doesn't look good. The Republican Party's adrift, their presidential candidates are all pretty weak, Olympia Snow, R-Maine, has defected to the Democrats over Iraq, Bush's poll ratings are squat. So what's a party full of Mayberry Machiavellians to do?
According to the report, the department has 575 positions in the highest federal salary bands, referred to as executive resources. These include positions filled by presidential appointment, Senior Executive Service members and other appointments for nonexecutive positions above the GS-15 level. Of the 575, 138 were vacant as of May 1, the committee said.
The report said the vacancies are "a critical homeland security issue that demands immediate attention," but did not make specific recommendations for action.
Look, I'm neither paranoid or a conspiracy nut but at this time about the only way for the Republicans can retain power, expecially in the executive branch, is if the nation is hit by another "terrorist' attack on the magnatude of the original September 11, 2001 attack. And I don't put it past these bastards one bit. Let me add, I don't think any major terrorist attacks will happen in the United States this summer; but I got banned for life from Democratic Underground*, a DLC front organization, because I posted something to the effect that I didn't think it was out of the realms of possibility that Bush and Co. might stage a terrorist attack, expecially in the Red State heartland, to institute martial law.
*As I recall: I was banned for agruing, via e-mail, with one of DU's self-righteous, thin-skinned topic moderators, the Gestapo-hall monitors of the Internet.