Despite the fact that they've actually gone and named the very building that we have our monthly meetings in as a potential target for the next terrorist attack, there will be no changes in this month's New York City 2600 meeting at the Citigroup Center. At least not on our end.
We've received a number of concerned emails from people wondering if it would be wise to meet at this location. We feel emphatically that it would be for two reasons. First, if we do everything our leaders advise, we should live our lives normally. (Yes, there are enough holes in their logic to drive a truck through but it's always a good idea to use their own words to make a point.) And second, most of the latest information that has been plastered all over the media is based on speculation that, if evenly applied, would scare people into never going anywhere or doing anything. To quote the August 3 edition of The New York Times, "Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way."
(The entire story can be found here.)
So what is this all really about? It's yet another attempt to frighten people into submission and then make them feel relieved when nothing comes of the "threat" that's suddenly been plastered all over the media. And even if the motives of the authorities were more altruistic and less political in nature, we couldn't think of a place the evil people would be less likely to target in light of all the commotion.
We urge people to not let scare tactics or terrorist threats adversely affect their lives. You can expect to see all kinds of weird stuff on Friday in New York and possibly in other cities where our meetings are held. We urge you to be patient and to document as much as you can for the benefit of all of us.