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Thursday, February 12, 2004
Can I Get Frequent Flier Miles With That?
Alright, I know this isn't about the Cubs, and it's not even about baseball, but I couldn't resist this news item about this website. If politics make you queasy, just scan beyond the tags.
The new weapon in the fight against terror, the burning searchlight in the quest for WMD, is a secure online form and fabulous prizes.
The CIA recently created an area on their website for submitting information about imminent attacks and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Finally, the good people of Modesto have a way to get their valuable intelligence into CIA hands.
It's a silly idea, and they've completed the job by dubbing it the Iraqi Rewards Program. Is there a point system? Can I get a monthly statement of my Iraqi Reward Earnings? How many pieces of intel do I submit to get the Joe Camel® Satin Jacket?
It's PR, ladies and gents, plain and simple. No acts of terror will be stopped. No WMD will be found. Only pimpled pubescents with mischievous minds will use this information outlet, and won't they be surprised when the Black Suits drop by at 2am to check out that tip about the destructive weapons "in my butt."
There's no help to be had here, and anyone thinking otherwise needs to look at Iraqi infrastructure and tell me how a country that's struggling to get a toilet to flush is going to start using PowerBooks and Bluetooth to cure what ails them.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled baseball-related program activities.