All of this on the back of their "woops, apocalypse" fiasco of earlier this week and uncountable other instances where the scarefactor turned out to be invented rather than real.
Security expert Bruce Schnier puts it plainly today:
The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act."We have nothing to fear but fear itself." The Militant Right is trying its damnedest to stir up and create that fear, often out of whole cloth, whenever possible. They have become a greater threat to the stability and security of the West than any terror group or "rogue state". Three failed adventures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon have created more instability than they were ever supposed to solve and their fearmongering at home in pursuit of their waning political power is an attempt to undermine what makes the West free and liberty-loving...a refusal to be ruled by fear.
And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.