What’s most worrisome in thinking about this is the delusional impression that such news is a kind of throwback to a pre-election age:
Uniformed police officers have flooded New York City’s Penn Station, home to the Long Island Rail Road, following a warning from the FBI of a “plausible but unsubstantiated” threat of a terrorist bomb attack against the system during the holidays.
Law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com, the plot involved a “Madrid-like attack,” a reference to the synchronized bombing of the commuter rail system in Spain in March 2004 that killed 191 people.
I can’t think of a single public terror warning that’s proved accurate, and of course I like it that way. But this story is an eerie reminder of the threat we still live under, and the particular shock it produces is a reminder of the complacency that comes with having remained attack-free for seven years.