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Less than 24 hours after his Thursday night appearance on Countdown, terrorism expert Gerald Posner was a guest on Fox News Channel's Dayside. Compare and contrast. On the Hour of Spin, Mr Posner stated:
I think the administration perceives [the threat] as a six to seven. Many of us who follows this view it right now, as a threat to America, as a two or three.... [A small weapon of mass destruction] is the real potential threat. But that's a long-term threat. That can take place anywhere from now to literally the next 10 or 15 years. Otherwise, the threat level I think is lower today than it has been in the last couple of years.
On Dayside, Mr Posner put it this way:
There are other areas, such as railway travel, walking through Grand Central, subway trains, where we haven't made those improvements at all, but on airplanes I think we've taken big strides.... Remember on 9/11 how we were all surprised, we were stunned?... The next attack that takes place in America is likely to be one where we all sit there that day and the morning after and say, who would've thunk it? Who would've thought that they would have used this form of an attack on us?
As for the release of this information and its timing, Posner agreed with KO that the US government was now like the totalitarian one in the novel 1984, and added:
The Bush administration is using terror as a political weapon, and making sure that it does turn on the fear spigot when it wants to, and turn it off at other times.... The Bush administration does it relentlessly, and they do it very effectively.
Meanwhile on Dayside, that same issue elicited this response:
This is one of the things that says: by the way, we have other important things. Remember, we are in a war against terrorism here. And I think it's a very good reminder.