I first started thinking about this when I read (on blogs only right now; I can try to pull them if you like) that some experts think that the lack of terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 is a really bad sign, because this large gap of time means that they’re gearing up for something huge.
You can see my confusion. If there are terrorist attacks in the U.S., that’s obviously bad. But somehow, if they DON’T happen, it’s worse.
The same with this CNN story. While I don’t KNOW that they’d say that an increase in “chatter” (God, I’m starting to hate that word) is bad, I definitely think they would. But less of it? Even worse! (Though this makes slightly more sense, since this may mean that they’ve switched over to communications channels we haven’t tapped into yet - but this story seems to imply that the reduction itself is an indicator of something happening.)
So what exactly am I supposed to think? It simply can’t be, in my mind, that ALL options lead to the conclusion that More Terror Is On The Way <tm>. Is it just a matter of personal interpretation, or is there something I can actually hang my hat on?