Guest Post: A Thoughtful View On Boston: Empathize But Don't Be Terrorized

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I have highlighted security expert Bruce Schneier’s writings in the past, including his recent excellent article: “The Internet is a Surveillance State.”  In his piece yesterday published in The Atlantic, he offers us some serious wisdom about how to think about the tragic event in Boston.  His key message is to “empathize, but not be terrorized.”  My favorite excerpts are below: 
As the details about the bombings in Boston unfold, it’d be easy to be scared. It’d be easy to feel powerless and demand that our elected leaders do something — anything — to keep us safe.
It’d be easy, but it’d be wrong. We need to be angry and empathize with the victims without being scared. Our fears would play right into the perpetrators’ hands — and magnify the power of their victory for whichever goals whatever group behind this, still to be uncovered, has. We don’t have to be scared, and we’re not powerless. We actually have all the power here, and there’s one thing we can do to render terrorism ineffective: Refuse to be terrorized.
It’s hard to do, because terrorism is designed precisely to scare people — far out of proportion to its actual danger. A huge amount of research on fear and the brain teaches us that we exaggerate threats that are rare, spectacular, immediate, random — in this case involving an innocent child — senseless, horrific and graphic. Terrorism pushes all of our fear buttons, really hard, and we overreact.
There are things we can do to make us safer, mostly around investigation, intelligence, and emergency response, but we will never be 100-percent safe from terrorism; we need to accept that.
How well this attack succeeds depends much less on what happened in Boston than by our reactions in the coming weeks and months. Terrorism isn’t primarily a crime against people or property. It’s a crime against our minds, using the deaths of innocents and destruction of property as accomplices. When we react from fear, when we change our laws and policies to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed, even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we’re indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail, even if their attacks succeed.
Don’t glorify the terrorists and their actions by calling this part of a “war on terror.” Wars involve two legitimate sides. There’s only one legitimate side here; those on the other are criminals. They should be found, arrested, and punished. But we need to be vigilant not to weaken the very freedoms and liberties that make this country great, meanwhile, just because we’re scared.
Bruce is basically expressing the same sentiment as Benjamin Franklin 250 years ago when this wise founding father stated:

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

This is as true today as it was at the time of the Revolutionary War.

Full article here.

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kito's picture are now on their list......TERRRRISST!!!!!

Ahmeexnal's picture

Protect youself, buy Au/Ag.

This seems like a good excuse to implement internet monitoring at it's most orwellian levels.

The oligarchs will come out with some sort of "temporary online activity monitoring" in order to find out the "perpetrators".

The "temporary" part will be dropped out later and will become permanent, just as income tax did.

walküre's picture

FBI is monitoring this site as well as other sites as we speak. They're looking for clues and tapping in the dark. Scary. Shutting down the internet would be like shutting down the chatterboxes. Law enforcement would miss out on monitoring which is alot more effective.

otto skorzeny's picture

the FBI is too busy looking for Stacey Peterson.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

BFD. Due diligence, to be expected.

Only hope they do a better job than the last time around (9.11 and Anthrax), where they did a piss-poor job, as we all know.

Take the anthrax scare way back when... Unlike them, I knew instantly that it was a domestic job when they showed it on TV. Sent them an email that foreign guys would not have used US date format.
And it took them how long to trace the genetic source to the US AMRIID? Pffff.

And how long were their own Anti-Terrorist Agents warning them about Ata and co.? And, oh, wasn't that Special Agent sent to NY, only to perish in the Towers?

And what have they done during the corporate fraud all these years!? Pff.

A bunch if careerist types, who haven't lived up to their reputation in many years.

walküre's picture

They get paid to run in circles. Was thinking of the other guys. Those telling the FBI what to do and where to look. They have no clue and that has them scared. There's alot of confusion and no answers.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Really? Wow. Doesn't exactly sound like "24". Which I loved!

DJ Happy Ending's picture

Unfortunately this sentiment is about as popular as self-reliance and taking responsibility for one's own actions.

nmewn's picture

It is unfortunate.

But we can keep bangin on it until the unfortunates wake up ;-)

Awakened Sheeple's picture

Its hard to compete with news coverage that encourages fear. You know.. That 3 minute looped video of explosions, people hitting the deck, a women crying hysterically, a fat lady on a stretcher... on every fucking channel.

I watched "V" this weekend. Couldn't help but wonder how/why people don't realize they are being force fed this fear crap. So sick of this and saddened because because I have to explain to my children why I am so cynical when one of these tragedies occur.

Banksters's picture


Re the loops of bomb video.  Absolutely.  They are literally trying create remote post traumatic stress disorder.  They know that peoples brains don't work well under the influence of cortisol.  



BeaverFever's picture

My ex-wife owns a pressure cooker. I'm turning her in pronto.

Doubleguns's picture

The loops create the fear that gives cover to the asswipes in washington to come out with another "Patriot Act" or some other abomination of our freedoms.  NDAA, CISPA ETC...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

TV shows, whose message is too disquieting to TPTB, seem to get cancelled. E.g., V, Last Resort...

ACP's picture

I prefer to keep the unfortunates between me and the power, thus helping them earn the nickname 'unfortunates.'

thisandthat's picture

I rather empathize with Afghani/whatever anonymous victims, who never have their faces, names, family, friends, life, dreams plastered all over the media and shoved into your mind, for you to realize they too were actual real people like you, thus empathizing with them.

otto skorzeny's picture

unless you have experienced a bombing first hand I think " sympathize" is the correct word choice-not "empathize"-I believe the title of this post is also incorrect

NoDebt's picture

The unfotunates will not wake up, no matter how much you roust them.  They LIKE being asleep.  They have found the final, un-ending path to perpetual prosperity.  They will make government give it to them.  I'm not just talking about the poor- big corporations living off the government teat get lumped in here, too.  They can all finally just FORCE other people to pay them.  No need to compete, work or produce anything.  Just GIVE IT TO ME BECAUSE I'M ENTITLED (by virtue of successfuly getting the government to give it to me).

Conservative ideas will be defeated in every battle from this point forward.  Only government-centric thinking is allowed.  They will NEVER reverse course.  It's the perfect system for all involved (except those in the private sector who aren't in the loop- they're just the FOOD for that system).

And it'll work beautifully, eating everything in sight ....right up until they run the country up on the rocks.  At no point before that will different ideas be entertained.  This is an unstoppable juggernaut of group-think and incestuous self-dealing. 

If you need proof, look around.  Do you detect the slightest whiff of fear from politicians or other "leaders" proposing liberal, socialist, communist or even fascist ideas RIGHT OUT IN PUBLIC WITH NO EMBARASSMENT WHATSOEVER?  They could take us any time they want.  And they know it.  They're no longer afraid to say outright what they've always secretly believed.  That's how you know they have won.


johngaltfla's picture

Of course the government is already exploiting the attack and there was looting (apparently) in Boston after the attack. Our society is so screwed.


How Far America has Fallen: Looting, Exploitation after the Boston Terrorist Attack

balolalo's picture

Another possible motive for the Boston attack:

sneak in the 100% E-verify system in the new immigration bill while everyone is distracted.

Voila, a federal/corporate national ID. Fascism is here.

otto skorzeny's picture

they look like middle-class whitey(who the fuck else jogs?)-just gettin' in on O's free shit army-why should only the nee-groes get some?

Freddie's picture

Bloomberg is a POS going on and on about the need for more cameras on every corner.

Thank leftist liberal shit like Bloomberg and all these liberal mayors who have made their cities "sanctuary zones" for illegal aliens and obviously also for terrorists. F them!

dick cheneys ghost's picture

Thats funny because the Neo-Cons are sayin the same thing..........

Professorlocknload's picture

 Could that be because neocons and liberals ARE the same thing?

We need cameras in every .gov office looking over the shoulder of every bureaucrat with internet access so the general public can log on and monitor their activities!

To keep them safe, mind you ;)

Loukanika the riot dog's picture

Why the fuck is this so important?
Bostonians were main contributors to IRA when they were murdering UK citizens
More people died as a result of road traffic accidents in US yesterday than bombs
How many people died in Syria yesterday as a result of violence?
How many people died in Iraq yesterday as a result of violence?
US welcome to the real world....

overhere2000's picture

You are with us or against us.

Falconsixone's picture

Go out and buy crap from china and show the terrorists we know how to be free.... let us roll up more debt and stick are nose under another tent....hmmm ...Who's tent?


They'll wait for it to calm and people to forget they were five feet away then need more money for more safety from the big bad not the jooz.


An xray machine for every person and a person in every xray machine. 

Cdad's picture

All day long [and what a long day it was], The BlowHorn [CNBC] jibber jabbered about "what more we could do" to make ourselves more safe.  Perfect confirmation of this post.

Additional:  after halting all BlowHorn programming consumption, for fear of brain damage owing to the proprietary Cdad BlowHorn Unwatchable indicator being at critical levels, I turned on for a couple days.  Caution:  that indicator is literally off the chart now.  Protect your membrane, and only consume BlowHorn programming in responsible doses.  

otto skorzeny's picture

I can literally not watch more than 30 seconds unless it is Santelli

Cdad's picture

These last couple days have been seriously bad.  I know it is always bad...if what you are tuning in for is useful information...but there are times when the propaganda thing just spikes...and it is literally painful to watch.  I hope the brotherhood is on guard and protecting the membrane.  The CDC should really look into the deleterious effects of BlowHorn [CNBC] programming on the general public.   

Zer0head's picture

It is not just the CNBSers it is the totality of media ex blogs

Relive the 1930's Germany; an insidious / incremental increase of the power of the state - those who awoke early understood and if they had the means, they fled. Others realized too late and went undeground. The vast majority, however buried their heads until it was too late and either perished or became part of the machine.  


walküre's picture

Yes. We're living on a razor's edge right now. 9/11 was easily and quickly "solved" and the "perps" "identified". The fact that there is absolutely no information a day later is concerning.

Freddie's picture

TV and Hollywood are for retards who enjoy supporting The Matrix and the vermin in power.  Keep watching TV and Hollywood shit and be a mindless serf.

prains's picture

Or join Frieddegg trying to knit his own transvaginal mesh, the choice is yours

mumcard's picture

You seem to be getting a lot accomplished pbrains.

bigdumbnugly's picture

yeah i heard that and wondered about it too.     then i  changed the channel to skinamax and immediately felt better.

edit:   well, after a few minutes don't you know...

bigrooster's picture

Why do you watch CNBC then?  I thought that show was cancelled years ago.

grunk's picture

Don't take the blame either.

otto skorzeny's picture

the old adage about people who are totally fucking incompetent end up working for the govt is never truer than in cases like this


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Not the only reason but the biggest was due to the selection criteria since the 1960's. Merit matters less than "preferred demographics".

spinone's picture

I'm not terrorized.  I'm angry.  Cold, calculated, methodical anger.  I want to find who did it, beyond a shadow of a doubt, even if it takes 10 years.  Then I want to kill him.

otto skorzeny's picture

CIA guys are hard to kill-they usually are in the background and send  some brown-guy patsies out to take the heat

Ahmeexnal's picture

Are you threatening POTUS on a public forum?

spinone's picture

What fucking pussy gave me a down arrow?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I down arrowed you for advocating blind anger.   Blind anger feeds the beast.  We (meaning the collective "West") blew up a bunch of kids and other innocents over the last 12 months and "we" don't give a shit about them because we have blind anger and/or "we" just don't care if it's the other guy's deep tanned kids who are wheeled to the hospital with a blown off leg.  

downrodeo's picture

the true warrior understands that the only fight is with the self

BeaverFever's picture

Thanks, you owe me a new mirror.

spinone's picture

Did you read the post?  Where did you get blind anger?  Isn't cold, calculated and methodical the opposite of blind?

I realize our military drones innocents in other countries, and I'm against that too.  We reap what we sow. 

But two wrongs don't make a right. 

And there is a big abstraction between "We" in the West who are responsible for voting for one of two bullshit candidates who becomes president and then has a general order a guy in the military to fire a missile from a drone that kills a bunch of innocent kids, and the guy who planted the bombs at the finish line of the Boston marathon.  The two are not equal.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Okay, I'm going on a list now but fuck it.  It needs to be said.

Let's say that your son or daughter or mother or significant other were paralyzed by a bombing raid in some distant land.  He/she has hamburger for a leg and dies horribly over several weeks because there is no medicine.  No one took a picture.  There was no news site that carried the story.  No one cares but you.  And you have no way to seek justice.  No one who voted for or against the bombing raid even knows the strike happened.   If two wrongs don't make a right, how do you justify the strike that killed your __________?  And from whom do you seek justice?

Bring the killers to justice, yes.  But don't single out one.