Out of Death and Taxes, FBI Chooses Death


Big news: The FBI is planning a chemical or biological attack on America.

That’s right. The G-men’s assistant director in charge of its weapons of mass destruction directorate told conservative magazine Newsmax earlier this week that the likelihood of such an attack is 100 percent.

“The notion of probability of a WMD attack being low or high is a moot point because we know the probability is 100 percent,” Vahid Majidi said. “We’ve seen this in the past, and we will see it in the future. There is going to be an attack using chemical, biological or radiological material.”

And how could Majidi know with such surety unless he and the FBI were going to carry out said attack? Because the only way you can know that something is 100 percent certain is if you do it yourself, and actually, even then that’s not a guarantee. Death and taxes pretty much have the lock on certainty.

OK, let’s lay aside the snark for a bit, maybe be a little more charitable. Perhaps Majidi was simply unaware that one cannot speak to a newspaper reporter with the same hyperbole used in friendly conversation. But after searching his name in Google timeline, I found out that he is no stranger to seeing his name in print, having been quoted by everyone from NPR to USA Today – so he knows how to talk to the press.

And that just makes his statement even more irresponsible. Such fear-mongering not only gives an inaccurate picture of our security, but it also it scares people into submitting to those awkward, intrusive pat-downs to fly on a plane or into giving their tax dollars to the federal government so it can subpoena a list of the library books they’ve checked out.

In short, such an over-the-top analysis, if it could even be called one, is not just stupid political fodder for the Colbert Report. Rather, it cows people into giving away their privacy in ways would ordinarily anger them, which is irresponsible at minimum and potentially dangerous. And I’m 100 percent certain about that.

Posted by Laura Williams on Feb 18, 2011

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