Authorities do it because they're under pressure from higher-ups. Freepers do it because either, a) they like to show how not afraid of terrorism they are, or b) they're posting here with an agenda.
You should see some of the earlier threads on this. Anyone who didn't rule out terrorism was excoriated, ridiculed and oftentimes insulted by these people.
They won't be visiting this thread, I'm sure.
Very interesting. And yeah, keeping a cool head in every direction is almost always the best SOP.
Anyone who didn’t rule out terrorism was excoriated, ridiculed and oftentimes insulted by these people.
Amen to that - I was one of many on the receiving end!!
I get so irritated every time I hear, after some significant and tragic event, that there is no evidence to point to terrorism (or words to that effect).
The statement is political, not factual. It is meant, I guess, to keep the sheeple in in the flock and not panicking. Nanny state stuff.
THERE IS NO WAY, IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE AFTERMATH OF THESE TRAGEDIES, THAT THEY CAN RULE TERRORISM OUT!
After all, sabotage can manifest itself as a catastrophic malfunction.
And anybody who didn't firmly declare definitively that terrorism was the cause received the same treatment from the other side.
People get goofy on the internet.
I've said all along that we don't know enough yet. This news gives the bar a good shove towards terrorism, but we'll need to know more about the "connections." I would imagine any random sampling of 220 passengers on an international Air France flight might ring one or two bells.
The black boxes, bomb residue, firm terrorist connections, or some video tape proof (goodbye videos from the bombers or such) from al Qaeda would seal the deal.
Not everyone who posts on Free Republic is a Freeper. Not even everyone who calls theirself a Freeper is a Freeper. Some people sign up for Free Republic, since it is an open forum, with the express purpose of posting with an agenda.
Why can't we let the facts decide? Just as there's the side that claims there's never any terrorism (because that would mean airline safety is at fault) there's the side here that so desperately wants everything to be terrorism (justifies the 'round em up' mentality). So far now we have a circumstantial link to terrorism, but we need physical evidence. Nothing can be ruled out yet, just as nothing can be pointed as THE cause, just yet.