May 27th, 2004

just how disturbing is it?

Ignoring for a moment how much I like the phrase "disturbing intelligence", it seems like the administration doesn't quite have all its people in line, for once. Ashcroft says, "This disturbing intelligence indicates al Qaeda's specific intention to hit the United States hard." But Ridge says, "It's not the most disturbing that I have personally seen during the past couple of years," and he isn't bothering to raise the threat level.

A couple of choice quotes:

  • Asked about the timing of his new warnings about the seven suspects, six of whose names were already publicly circulated months ago (but presumably with less fanfare), Ashcroft said, "We believe the public, like all of us, needs a reminder." (Right, because we COMPLETELY FORGOT that there are terrorists out there.)
  • Ridge said people should "go about living their lives as Americans. We'll provide the security, they have to figure out how to have fun themselves." (He sounds like a bouncer at a nightclub.)