I think these threats have been going on for years, just now all the governments feel the need to make it public after 9/11, which is a good thing IMO.
Well, I'm certainly not against the people's right to know; but I wish people wouldn't over-react.
I was helping conduct a study in 1998 of police services in a small town along the road between Ottawa and Toronto. We knocked on peoples doors asking if they thought that the police were doing a good job and whether, in their opinion, crime had gone up or down over the last 10 years. Virtually the whole survey said that crime had gone up. However, statistics didn't bear that out. Certainly by reported crime numbers, complaints had been down drastically since 1988. And we also asked people if they had reported a crime and/or had been a victim of a crime (unreported). Even comparing 1998 extrapolated figured of all crime (reported or not reported), crime was still well below what was reported in 1988. Which left the police scratching their heads. We gave them the report, as is, and let them draw their own conclusions. Crime was well down, but people were convinced that it was through the roof.
Off the record, we could tell them what our own personal feelings were, but not as part of the study. Most of us were in agreement that the 5 o'clock news concentrates on crime, particularly violent crime, and therefore the people think it is common. Then they get paranoid and scared of everything. So long as the news reports the exceptions, people will consider it the norm.
I don't live my life in fear of some terrorist trying to blow up my plane. I'm far more afraid of dying crossing the street in rush hour traffic... those people don't look where the hell they are goin'. I'm pretty sure statistics would bear my fear out. I'm more likely to die in a car-on-pedestrian accident than being killed by a terrorist. But car-on-pedestrian accidents are not on CNN.
Edited by Don, 10 August 2006 - 03:26 PM.