Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, July 22, 2002

Attempting to think ahead of the terrorists.

In this peculiar little town built on secrets, the man across the table has no name.

Instead, he has a talent for thinking the unthinkable. Known as a "black hat" inside a secretive counterterrorism agency, he probes the weak underbelly of America. He goes to sleep at night imagining how some unknown terrorist - the "adversary du jour" - might easily kill us. Then he tries to stump the "good guys" with his fantasies.

And he enjoys it.

"A year ago, I wouldn't have considered scenarios I consider today," says this man, who works for the Threat Reduction Directorate in Los Alamos, the largest of various counterterrorism labs across the U.S.

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