Expat Yank (who’s been linking to MO fairly frequently) points out that he doesn’t agree with everything Jeff Jarvis writes about the recent terror alerts in New York and DC, but that the basic complaint Jarvis raises is spot on:
Can’t have it both ways, folks: Can’t scream they they don’t tell us what they know — and then when they tell us what they know, it’s not good enough for you. It’s what they know. Can’t scream that they’re not connecting the dots and when they connect some, you scream because you don’t like the picture it draws. . .
And I’m not arguing that we should all just accept a constant stream of terror warnings and fearmongering. But a little overzealouness in the first week of September, 2001, might have made a significant difference, no?