The four phases of terrorism in the U.S. are (a) disbelief (b) anger (c) finger-pointing and (d) “if it moves, shoot it.” In the wake of the Northwest Flight 253 incident, we have reached D, when we see suspicious activity where it doesn’t lurk.
In New York City today, a van in Times Square — there’s something you don’t see every day — caused police to close the tourist spot because it had tinted windows and no license plates.
It turned out not to contain explosives (in the old days, we would assume it was stolen), but note the photographers who showed up to document the air going out of the story.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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