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TERROR ALERT THREATCON ORANGE: BUY YOUR DUCT TAPE NOW!!!!!

america is under terror alert threatcon orange! orange is only one shade under...(gulp)...red! the cia warns of imminent bio-chemical, dirty bomb, us army antrhax, west nile/mad cow disease, hiv-aids attack by american government sponsored al-queda terrorists! stock up on duct tape. duct tape is the only thing standing between you, your loved ones, and your family from this nefarious and diabological attack. go to your local stores and buy duct tape, lots and lots and lots of duct tape. remember duct tape is your friend.
TERROR ALERT THREATCON ORANGE: BUY YOUR DUCT TAPE NOW!!!!!
TERROR ALERT THREATCON ORANGE: BUY YOUR DUCT TAPE NOW!!!!!
Duct tape sales rise amid terror fears
From Jeanne Meserve
CNN
Tuesday, February 11, 2003 Posted: 7:35 PM EST (0035 GMT)

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Have on hand three days' worth of water and food, an emergency supply kit for both home and automobile, radios with extra batteries, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows and doors

Make a plan for contacting family members in an emergency

Learn about different types of attacks so you will know what to do in an emergency

Do not cancel events or travel plans

Be especially aware of your surroundings and the events happening around you

Believe everything you hear, read, and see in the Corporate Media. CNN/FOXNEWS/MSNBC/CBS/NBC/ABC/PBS are all impartial and objective journalists. Trust them.

Do everything the Government tells you to do. If the Government tells you to snitch on your neighbors, do it. If the Government tells you to hand over all your money, jewelry, and valuable assets like GOLD, do so without complaint. If the Government tells you to report to your nearest local FEMA concentration....um...safety camp for you own protection (just like we did with those Japanese in WWII), do so promptly and immediately like a Good Patriotic and Law-Abiding American citizen.

Source: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and U.S. Fire Administrator David Paulison
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Americans have apparently heeded the U.S. government's advice to prepare for terror attacks, emptying hardware store shelves of duct tape.

On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after U.S. Fire Administrator David Paulison described a list of useful items, stores in the greater Washington, D.C. area reported a surge in sales of plastic sheeting, duct tape, and other emergency items.

These items, Paulison said, can be helpful after a biological, chemical or radiological attack.

A Lowe's hardware store in Alexandria, Virginia, said every roll of duct tape has been sold. Another Alexandria Home Depot store reported sales of duct tape tripled overnight.

"Everything that was on that newscast, we are selling a lot of it," said Rich Pierce with a Home Depot in the D.C. area.

In his advisory, Paulison recommended that households have on hand three days worth of water and food; an emergency supply kit for both home and automobile; radios with extra batteries; and plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows and doors. (What to do)

With concerns growing about al Qaeda's interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction, Paulison cautioned that aid after an attack could be hard to come by, at least initially.

He said that in the first 48 to 72 hours of an emergency, many Americans will likely to have to look after themselves.(Red Cross on preparedness)

If an attack occurs, Paulison said, households should tune in to local media outlets and not evacuate unless they are told to do so.

President Bush's Homeland Security Council raised the national threat level from yellow to orange on Friday. Orange indicates a "high" risk of terrorist attack, and yellow indicates an "elevated" risk.

The level was raised in part because of a high amount of "chatter" being intercepted by intelligence agencies.

When the Department of Homeland Security urged Americans on Monday to take steps to prepare for a possible attack, it said the advice was intended not as a "dire" warning but as cautionary advice.

www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/11/emergency.supp...

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The Bushit deception meter for today is red 13.Feb.2003 09:31

anon

If George "I hit the trifecta" Bush gets his way, his "Operation Northwoods" friends at Ft. Dietrick will pull a "Lavon affair" on us. While everyone is glued to the "we report what Bush decides" news channel, Bush will get his War and passage of The Patriot Act II.

Alert Update! 13.Feb.2003 09:36

new news

now that the duct tape has flown off the shelves (it's really true, mr. president, duct tape is an all purpose household gadget that's good for darned near everything)

i see lets duct tape up the whole bunch of the administration and throw 'em in the deepest river...
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US: Put Cloth on Mouth, Wash Hands if Attack
By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government first urged Americans to seal a room with duct tape and plastic sheets. Now it says people should cover their mouths with a cloth and wash their hands to cut down on further contamination from a chemical, biological or nuclear attack.

The latest recommendation came in an information bulletin from the FBI (news - web sites)'s National Infrastructure Protection Center warning of the threat from al Qaeda of a possible mass-casualty chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack.


The bulletin, dated Feb. 12 and posted on its Web site (http:/www.nipc.gov/publications/infobulletins/2003/ib03-003.ht m), also recommended "basic countermeasures."


"Most (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) threats represent an inhalation or contact hazard," according to the bulletin.


"To minimize further contamination, individuals who come in contact with an unusual substance should cover their mouths with a cloth while leaving the area, avoid touching surfaces, and wash their hands thoroughly," it said.


With a possible war with Iraq looming and the U.S. government having raised the threat level of terror attacks based on intelligence reports, U.S. authorities on Monday recommended that every American home have at least three days' worth of food and water in case of a chemical, biological or radiological strike.


Officials of the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security also said families should designate a room where they could gather in the event of such an attack and have duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal it.


The recommendations have generated plenty of anxiety as well as some ridicule as Americans flock to hardware and office supply stores to buy the items -- just in case.


The bulletin noted the national threat level has been raised to orange, the second-highest level after red, and said owners and operators of critical infrastructure plants should be on alert.


"Al Qaeda operatives also may attempt to launch conventional attacks against the U.S. nuclear/chemical-industrial infrastructure to cause contamination, disruption, and terror," according to the bulletin.


"Based on information, nuclear power plants and industrial chemical plants remain viable targets," it said.


The warnings of possible attacks by Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network largely echoed what FBI Director Robert Mueller and CIA (news - web sites) Director George Tenet said in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week.


"Information indicates (al Qaeda) has experimented with procedures for making blister (mustard) and nerve (sarin and VX) chemical agents," according to the bulletin.


Among the other countermeasures recommended, the bulletin said owners of plants should vary security routines and should be on the alert for terrorist groups attempting to infiltrate a potential target.

Bullsh*t 13.Feb.2003 10:12

JohnnyX

Make sure you go under your desk and cover your head in case of a nuclear attack. That will help. With Osama on the TV, missles on the white house lawn, and threat of nuclear attack from N. Korea, I've never seen the American government lay it on so quick. And the thing is all of these problems would be solved if we just went after Osama...errr...Sadam...yea I mean Sadam(this week).

JohnnyX

Anarchist Terror Alert, Code Black! 13.Feb.2003 13:10

Jacobyte Jacobyte68@hotmail.com

Your country is in the hands of known war criminals and international terrorists. The very real possibility exists of a terrorist attack. You should have supplies on hand to sustain your household for an extended period without support from the capitalist infrastructure. Let's imagine a scenario. Things continue to go merrily to hell in the present manner until the situation gets so bad that the lazy ass self obsessed bourgoisie join us in the streets in General Strike. Dictator Bush orders the 101st Airborne Division to land at PDX and secure the runways. Elements of the Oregon Guard and the Police close all major highway arteries, rail traffic is suspended, the water system is shut down and the power is turned off. The miniscule stocks of food and bottled water in the stores is rapidly depleted by looters and hoarders.
So. How much food and water do you have on hand? How much ammunition? Have you gotten to know your neighbors and have you all planned how you're going to defend your neighborhood when the Storm Troopers come to zip tie your ass and put you on the bus to the bullpen? If you've ever been through a major earthquake, or flood this scenario should be making you nervous by now. For years when I lived in the Santa Cruz mountains I didn't leave my shack in the winter without raingear, a come-along and cable and a chainsaw so I could be sure to get home.
We need to start planning. Ashcroft is for once telling the truth, we are in great danger. And he jolly well ought to know.

terror is good for the economy 13.Feb.2003 15:09

ducked ape

these terror threats are good for the economy. see how easy it is to get american drones to hop in their suvs and head to the hardware store for duct tape and plastic?

now if georgie boy could just convince people that buying stocks, cars, airplane tix, computers, etc would protect them from chemical warfare, this country's financial problems would be solved.

i mean, shit, they bought it when the prez told them duct tape would work.

i know the stuff is good, works on just about everything.