Sometimes the truth isn’t scary enough. As the United States prepared to bomb Syria, unnamed sources in the US government began telling compliant members of the press tales about a new group of terrorists that were much scarier than ISIS could ever be. This was obviously quite a bad situation as we had already been told to be really frightened of ISIS.
The new face of terror is called the “Khorasan Group” by the US government, and was said by US officials to pose a “direct and imminent threat to the United States.” The imminent thing is rather crucial.
There was no authorization from Congress to bomb Syria. Because the US president is not permitted to launch a military attack without Congressional action unless to defend against an “imminent” attack on the United States, it was quite handy that all of a sudden the Khorasan Group was coming to get us. Except they weren’t.
Of course after the bombs fell, the story had to change, and it did rather quickly.
via The Intercept:
As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.
The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.
The unveiling of this new group was performed in a September 13 article by the Associated Press, who cited unnamed U.S. officials to warn of this new shadowy, worse-than-ISIS terror group: