August 19, 2003

The Dark Side

We still don't know the truth about the blackout. Claims are being made. If not this time, then the next, it may indeed be an intentional act of sabatoge. According to WorldNetDaily...

Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the worst blackout in U.S. history which affected 50 million residents across the Northeast and Midwest as well as parts of southern Canada, according to the Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.

[...] The director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare said al-Qaida has been advertising for a long time that a catastrophic attack on the U.S. power-supply infrastructure was something it wanted to do. He added that the current theories being floated by industry officials that three transmission lines in Ohio apparently started a chain reaction that caused the widespread outage "don't hold water."

And here, once again, it seems the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing as the spinmeisters control what these days passes for "TRUTH" in the news.

Posted by fred1st at August 19, 2003 07:46 AM | TrackBack

I'm not a reader of WorldNetDaily, so I don't have a picture of which way it leans, in general. But I'm a former news reporter and it does seem to me that the weak spot in this story, the fact that Al Quaida doesn't offer any evidence of HOW they managed to carry out this attack, is buried far too deep in the story to make the report credible to me.

If I were at war with American, I'd claim responsability for every sort of mechanical disaster in America, everything short of the weather. Why not? The faithful don't need evidence. Nor, apparently, do the conspiracy theorists right here at home.

The vague claim at the bottom of the story that those guys might have cyber skill enough to do it is not evidence. What sort of "technical" skills?

I'm keeping an open mind, and I'm not one of those people who believes my government doesn't lie to me, but this particular report is hogwash. Actually, all it is, is a great example of the excellent opportunistic use of information against the US. Our counterintelligence forces (and those of the British, to name two) have done the same in other wars.

Posted by: trish at August 19, 2003 12:45 PM

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