Bruce Schneier posted an essay today entitled Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot. He says:
I don’t think these nut jobs, with their movie-plot threats, even deserve the moniker “terrorist.” But in this country, while you have to be competent to pull off a terrorist attack, you don’t have to be competent to cause terror. All you need to do is start plotting an attack and — regardless of whether or not you have a viable plan, weapons or even the faintest clue — the media will aid you in terrorizing the entire population.
Bruce Schneier is the Director of Homeland Security on my federal government fantasy league team.