Scaredy Cat Senator Advocates Fleeing DC
On Thursday Roll Call ran a story (login required) about Capitol Police stepping up security on Capitol Hill “in response to intelligence indicating the increased possibility of an al-Qaida terrorist attack on Congress sometime between now and Sept. 11.”
Reports like that are always cause for concern but they’re also common and, knock on wood, have yet to prelude an actual attack since 9/11. Upon hearing such a report most of us go on with our lives undeterred. We know that security professionals are on the job and that the average terrorist-wannabe is a lot dumber than we sometimes give him credit for.
Moreover, we aren’t going to be intimidated out of living our lives. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — right? Not for all of us it seems. The story goes on to say…
Without mentioning a specific threat to the Capitol, Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) ominously advised Thursday that Congress needed to pass changes to terrorist surveillance laws before leaving for the August recess and warned that otherwise “the disaster could be on our doorstep.”
When asked if people should leave Washington, DC, during the month of August, Lott responded, “I think it would be good to leave town in August, and it would probably be good to stay out until September the 12th.”
How pathetic is that? A legislator from the most powerful country in the world says we should be too frightened to stay in the nation’s capital.
I know he’s probably not that much of a wimp and is just using the threat of violence to advance his political ideology. Even so, I think it says something that a senator would not feel a sense of shame at displaying such ostensible cowardice in the face of a threat.
But all’s well that ends well. It looks like Congress is on the way to approve the expanded governmental powers that the Senator was talking about, so if Chicken Little Lott’s logic was sound, we may not have to worry about that suitcase nuke or other equally likely threats after all.