Monday, March 16, 2009

Out: Terrorism; In: 'Man-Caused Disasters'

I missed this when Janet Napolitano first gave this speech, as apparently did the entire media. She's kept such a low profile as Director of Homeland Security most people couldn't pick her out of a lineup.

But get a load of this line as noted in an interview with Der Spiegel.
SPIEGEL: Ms. Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
Here we go again with the politics of fear. We have one party drumming fear into us on a daily basis, and it isn't the GOP.

Seriously, though: Man-caused disasters?


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