August 22, 2005

As if they don't already have enough to worry about...

Okay, this has got to be one of the most irresponsible "be afraid of the terrorist" stories I've seen. Yahoo News, via the Associated Press shouted the headline "U.S. Says Terrorists May Pose as Homeless." (They've now changed it to "vagrant" instead of homeless.)

People already have an unreasonable fear of homeless people as it is, but to now lump them in as possible terrorists is morally unconscionable. Homeless people are regularly subject to police harassment, so why on earth would a terrorist become a homeless guy and attract police scrutiny?

The story is based on a case from Somerville, MA where a homeless guy looked suspicious (which is almost all of them to police) and upon questioning him discovered that he had a passport from a suspect country. In other words, the poor guy gets here and then can't make ends meet to either get home or pay for decent shelter.

Yeah, yah know? How about this headline: "Politicians may pose as terrorists."