Sunday, April 10, 2016
Rand Corporation: Terrorism is random, insignificant, has declined since 1970s
Since 9/11/2001, we have been living in a terrorized world of "heightened alerts" and "threat levels raised to orange." The war on terror has been used to double the US military budget, stage disastrous and illegal wars of aggression, and eviscerate the Constitution.
But now the Rand Corporation tells us:
"Using the Global Terrorism Database, the researchers find an absence of clustering for terrorist events around trigger events since 1994, no increases in terrorism on significant dates, and a decline of terrorism in the West since the 1970s, suggesting that the threat of terrorism should not affect individuals' behavior and decisions in the United States and Western Europe — not even in the wake of a significant terrorist event."
If there is no reason for the alleged threat of terrorism to affect anyone's behavior or decisions, WTF have we been doing for the past 15 years?!
Did the 9/11 PR stunt drive us permanently insane?
My book Questioning the War on Terror (2008) explained that lightning bolts and bathtub drownings pose a far greater threat than terrorism. Therefore anyone who fears terrorism is a paranoid lunatic. It looks like the Rand Corporation agrees.