Starbuck In Shock Agreement With Tory Homeland Security Spokesman
 "John Reid accused of 'scaremongering'". "Scaremongering" - I like that word. Now that all the other mongers (fishmonger, ironmonger et al) are dieing out, the scaremonger seems to be grabbing all the limelight.
Anyway, there's countless reasons to hate British Home Secretary John Reid, but he's just given me a new one - by making me agree with a statement put out by [holds nose] Conservative Homeland Security Spokesman Patrick Mercer.
In response to Reid's latest piece of fear mongering ("Christmas terror attempt highly likely" - which given the climate that Reid and his mob are helping to create is no suprise, although one might argue with the necessity of heralding each and every attempt one of these idiots decides to take action on), Mercer said:
"If the Government wants to make things more difficult for the terrorists, they have to involve the public in a constructive way. Otherwise warnings like this are nothing but hollow rhetoric.
"Where are the efforts to advise people on what to do in the event of an attack, or what to look out for to help prevent one?
"Where are the instruction posters on the Tube in London? Where are the new radios to allow the emergency services to communicate underground?
"Knowledge dispels fear, but John Reid is giving us fear with no knowledge."
'Mr Mercer also voiced concerns that ministers are using repeated warnings of impending attacks partly to 'soften up' public opinion for the introduction of more sweeping counter-terrorism powers, including another attempt to introduce 90-day detention without charge for suspects in terrorist cases.'