Kurt Nimmo
Prison Planet.com
Friday, May 7, 2010

Since the non-bomb event in Times Square the corporate media has whipped up irrational hysteria over the prospect of homegrown terrorism.

Neocons now demand that people associated with terrorists (as defined by the government) have their citizenship and constitutional rights stripped. Republicans and Democrats debate if terror suspects should be informed of their right to remain silent and seek legal consul. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discussed a proposal to deny more than a million Americans the right to buy and own firearms because they ended up on the terrorist watch list (now containing nearly a million and half names) and the equally erroneous no-fly list.

Bus passengers in New Hampshire experienced this irrational paranoia firsthand on Thursday when a bomb threat was called into the police.

“A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended peacefully last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call that a bomb was on board,” reported the Boston Globe. “The scene caused chaos in downtown Portsmouth. Police urged people to stay away from the area, and said they were operating on the premise that an explosive was on the bus. It was not known last night whether any explosive device had been discovered.”

“Coming just days after a failed car bombing in New York City, the threat drew an overwhelming response, with bomb squads, SWAT teams, and a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle descending on the chaotic scene.”

The authorities acted like the bus had been hijacked by al-Qaeda and reacted in a fashion similar to paramilitary goon squads in a third world dictatorship. “The scariest part was seeing the police cruisers surround the bus, and they all had machine guns,’’ said one passenger.

“At about 2 p.m., 2 1/2 hours after arriving in Portsmouth, passengers began leaving the bus one by one, holding their hands in the air as they walked slowly past tactical teams with guns drawn. As they disembarked, some could be seen lifting up their shirts, apparently to show they were unarmed, and being quickly surrounded by authorities. Some could be seen in handcuffs,” the newspaper reports.

Bus passengers in New Hampshire experienced this irrational paranoia firsthand on Thursday when a bomb threat was called into the police.

“A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended peacefully last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call that a bomb was on board,” reported the Boston Globe. “The scene caused chaos in downtown Portsmouth. Police urged people to stay away from the area, and said they were operating on the premise that an explosive was on the bus. It was not known last night whether any explosive device had been discovered.”

“Coming just days after a failed car bombing in New York City, the threat drew an overwhelming response, with bomb squads, SWAT teams, and a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle descending on the chaotic scene.”

The authorities acted like the bus had been hijacked by al-Qaeda and reacted in a fashion similar to paramilitary goon squads in a third world dictatorship. “The scariest part was seeing the police cruisers surround the bus, and they all had machine guns,’’ said one passenger.

“At about 2 p.m., 2 1/2 hours after arriving in Portsmouth, passengers began leaving the bus one by one, holding their hands in the air as they walked slowly past tactical teams with guns drawn. As they disembarked, some could be seen lifting up their shirts, apparently to show they were unarmed, and being quickly surrounded by authorities. Some could be seen in handcuffs,” the newspaper reports.

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