In a bulletin issued yesterday, the Homeland Security Department warns U.S. businesses of the threats they face from animal rights group and “eco-terrorists.” Such radical extremist groups may use several tactics — each devastating in its own way — including:
- “organizing protests”
- “flyer distribution”
- “inundating computers with e-mails”
- “tying up phone lines to prevent legitimate calls”
- “sending continuous faxes in order to drain the ink supply from company fax machines”
That’s right. If the ink runs out of your fax machine, that means the terrorists have won.
To be fair, these groups have engaged in vandalism and arson, which DHS also warns of. But, c’mon. E-mail inundation is something a $40 billion security agency needs to worry about?
The real outrage in this is that on the very day some DHS yahoo spent time and government money producing this bulletin, a jury was convicting a white supremacist on five counts of trying to obtain a chemical weapon and stolen explosives. The man’s dream: to explode a briefcase “dirty” bomb inside the U.S. Capitol.
Needless to say, I’m told DHS has yet to send out a warning on wackos like him: white supremacists, militias, anti-abortion groups or other violent far-right groups that have actually killed people. It’s the vicious left-wing flyer brigades that pose the greatest danger.
Of course, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming.
The first lavish dinner of China President Hu Jintao’s historic visit to the United States next week will be in a big, secure house in Washington where the host is one of the world’s most powerful men.
The White House? No.
It won’t be in Washington D.C., but Seattle, and the Tuesday dinner will be held at the $100 million lakeside mansion of Microsoft founder and the world’s richest man, Bill Gates.
The approximately 100-person guest list is a who’s who of the U.S. Pacific Northwest power elite, including Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire, said event organizers.
Meanwhile at the White House…
Rove: “Sir, Hu is going to be attending a dinner at one of your biggest campaign contributors houses, Mr. Bill Gates.”
Rove: “Yessir, Hu.”
Bush: “No, I’m asking you….. Who’s coming to the US to have dinner with Geeky Gates?”
Rove: “That’s right sir, Hu.”