Apparently he thinks his readers are terrorists, or at the very least, terrorist wannabe's. It's rather sad that someone takes so much narcissistic consideration of their own intellectual frolicking that they fail to see the foolishness of their actions.
From Michelle Malkin:
Inspired by an article about TSA restrictions, Levitt muses about terror plot possibilities: “Hearing about these rules got me thinking about what I would do to maximize terror if I were a terrorist with limited resources. I’d start by thinking about what really inspires fear. One thing that scares people is the thought that they could be a victim of an attack. With that in mind, I’d want to do something that everybody thinks might be directed at them, even if the individual probability of harm is very low. Humans tend to overestimate small probabilities, so the fear generated by an act of terrorism is greatly disproportionate to the actual risk…”
It goes on and on. You get the sense that conjuring up ways to kill Americans on American soil is really tickling Leavitt’s neurons. Gee, what a fun academic parlor exercise this is!
What Levitt goes on to do only makes things worse. From his blog post:
I’m sure many readers have far better ideas. I would love to hear them. Consider that posting them could be a form of public service: I presume that a lot more folks who oppose and fight terror read this blog than actual terrorists. So by getting these ideas out in the open, it gives terror fighters a chance to consider and plan for these scenarios before they occur.
Out in the open only gives terror fighters a chance? Idiot! How about just sending them to Homeland Security instead of publishing for all to see? What about the potential for simply inspiring some whack job? Oh let's not think of that, Levitt is too entertained by his own musings to consider the possibility.
This shallow thinking about such a serious matter only encourages more of the same. This war is not just an intellectual game with no serious repercussions. Is this what the vaunted editorial process of the MSM results in? It's no wonder they're losing readership, but maybe that means there's still hope for this country and the war on terror.
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