Saturday, September 18, 2004

Domestic Terror Sinks in the Media's Eyes

Anyone here read this story? I'm guessing not. I've seen it on mighty few Blogs, and it is showing up very few times in a google search of "governors" and "Envelope." No, it wasn't anthrax, but a bunch of goveronrs getting a very rigged and suspicious letter. It started on September 11, and if you want to read about it in the New York Times, then search for "Jennifer Meith," and the article will come up, but you'll have to pay for it. Yeah, that's how fast this story about domestic terror disappeared. Why?

Here's an excerpt from the Times article:
BOSTON, Sept. 10 - Envelopes containing matches that were rigged to ignite when opened have been received through the mail at the offices of at least 14 state governors in the last two days.

The mailings, under investigation by the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security, bear a return address that names two inmates at a maximum-security prison in Nevada. But a Nevada corrections official said it was unclear whether they were the actual senders.

OK, the impact of this is more prankish than life threatening, but the Montana governor's office was evacuated. Why the heck didn't this story get bigger play, especially since they have not gotten the culprits yet?

My suspicion is that it is because this kind of terror does not fit the model boogeyman that has been drilled into our collective heads by various sources, media included, but led by the Bush Administration. But let's make sure we all know this -- a domestic culprit has now attacked Americans in a more serious way than Saddam Hussein did. Yet it didn't show more than a minor blip on the radar.