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Dean reports:

SWAT teams are patrolling BART with automatic weapons, “to prevent terrorism in advance of the national elections.” Meanwhile, contradictory speculation on the likely effect of a terrorist attack in the U.S. prior to November 2 abounds: a Kerry victory would embolden al Qaeda and the Iraqi resistance, according to Putin and Cheney; yet an attack prior to November 2 is almost certain to deliver four more years of Bush. I can’t help but think that placing SWAT teams on public transportation is designed to play directly into the same fears and anxieties. Who manipulates the people with fear in this scenario? Who is the terrorist?