Wed. 3/21: The Terrorism Industry

America’s official reaction to terrorist threats has been more harmful than the terrorist threats themselves: That’s what John Mueller argues in his new book OVERBLOWN: How Politicans and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them. The war on terror, he shows, has been a wild overreaction to a rare event; the odds of any American being killed by international terrorism are microscopic. John Muller holds the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at Ohio State University.

Also; VERLYN KLINKENBORG of the New York Times talks about the UglyRipe tomato, dying beehives across America, and Minnesota’s “concealed carry” gun laws. His book The Last Fine Time is a gorgeous recollection of Buffalo after WWII. He’s a visiting writer in residence at Pomona college this term. Verlyn Klinkenborg will be speaking in the downtown LA Public Library ALOUD series on Sunday, March 25 at 3pm.

Plus: Attorney General ALBERTO GONZALEZ twisting slowly, slowly in the wind: In Washington, where the discussion about Alberto Gonzales’ removal has moved from “if” to “when” speculation, the talk is already turning to the question of who will take over for the scandal-plagued Attorney General.
JOHN NICHOLS comments – he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation, he writes “The Online Beat” blog at, and his most recent book is The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism (The New Press).