You know, I couldn’t help noticing the other week, when the FBI picked up that Islamofascist whannabe scoping out the Dee Cee metro with the idea of bombing it, how quick The Authorities were to assure us strap-hangers that “at no time was the public in any danger.”

And again yesterday.  A missile suddenly leaps out of the sea near Los Angeles and nobody seems to be able to explain why.  But we are assured again by The Authorities that “at no time was the United States in any danger” while at the same time being told by them that they really don’t know what’s going on.

Um, excuse me.  I would suggest that any terrorist plot in one of our cities or unexplained apparent missile launch off our coast is inherently dangerous.  True, one could argue plausibly in each of these cases that the danger might, in fact, be quite small.  Apparently the good guys were all over that would-be bomber before he could get anywhere near anything that went boom.  And for that matter, I’ve a sneaking suspicion that this rogue missile will actually turn out to be one of ours, but that the biznay is being kept hush-hush for some reason or other.

But the rush to reassure and the seeming tone of these reassurances from The Authorities, the soothing, sugar-coated, “See? Daddy looked under the bed and there are no monsters” air about them puts my nose out of joint.  Is this really a time in which Uncle ought to be lulling the public into a false sense of security?

Look, I’m not suggesting we should go into panic mode or that The Authorities should be creeping us out unnecessarily. (Indeed, I think the whole DHS color-coded terror threat alert scheme is really about as childish as pretending that All is Well.)   But these are bad times and bad things are happening.  I think The Authorities should be a little more realistic in their pronouncements to us about them, that’s all.  This is partly because I believe we, the public, deserve to be treated like adults.  But it’s also because I’m pretty certain that, sooner or later, something very bad really is going to happen.  And if The Authorities have been babying us up until that point, how much trust do they expect we’ll put in them afterwards?

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