Magazine article Insight on the News

Too Bad We Can't Define Some of These Stories as Hoaxes

Magazine article Insight on the News

Too Bad We Can't Define Some of These Stories as Hoaxes

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Joey Skaggs' comments in the previous item provoked some thought hereabouts on how authorities should deal with those who trivialize the serious situation we're in by distorting the realities to suit their own agenda. Should it be considered a false alarm when a group states that terrorists disguised as hunters may use the gun and bow seasons to strike at vital targets? That's the situation, according to a warning issued by Wildlife Watch in Albany, N.Y. Terrorists poslng as hunters "don't have to report their whereabouts and can be lurking anywhere. They can lurk in groups," the Wildlife Watch said in a statement calling for cancellation of gun- and bow-hunting seasons.

Armed and camouflaged individuals can get close to chemical, agricultural and business facilities; oil and gas pipelines; electrical power lines, substations and transform ers; and airports, according to the statement, and local police and other authorities will ignore them as "just hunting." Isn't that using the terrorist threat in a provocative, incendiary and false way to scare people out of their wits?

There have been any number of incidents, situations and comments in the aftermath of Sept. …

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