Al-Qaeda In America: Disclosure: What Do You Tell People?

Battling terrorism on the home front could forever be tangled up in politics, but what if it weren't? Suppose it were up to the antiterrorism pros alone to decide when to warn the public, what to say about the source of their intelligence and the actions the government is taking to neutralize the threat. Is there an obvious way to handle the sudden evidence that terrorists have plans to strike?

Probably not. Few people could disagree last week with the Bush Administration's decision to alert workers in New York City that their buildings had been cased. But there's less of...

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