While much of the press here in Finland seems suspicious that Bush's recent warning of a terrorist threat to US financial targets is an election stunt, most of the American and British press seems to be taking it seriously [Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | After many cries of wolf, is this the real thing?]. Since 9/11 it seems that a primary Bush strategy is to keep the country in a constant state of fear and paranoia, which keeps normal folk from paying attention to his major political and economic failings, and justifies his rather iron-fisted (but ham handed) restrictions on civil liberties. One interesting idea that came to mind in reading about the latest "threat" (which by many accounts is based on information that is at least three years old) is how much it resembles the plot of Fight Club. Nevermind the secret army with independent cells springing up all over the US. Remember Tyler's big plan to collapse western civilization by wreaking havoc on the US financial institutions? Specifically he targeted the head offices credit card companies. "If you erase the debt record, we all go back to zero. It'll create total chaos." It just struck my attention that two of the specific targets mentioned are Citibank and Prudential headquarters.
I wonder then if al-Qaida are reading Chuck Palahniuk and trying to bomb us back to the stone age. Or if I were truly paranoid, maybe Bush's strategists are getting their plots from Hollywood movies again.