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Saturday, 17 November 2007 22:05

Fear Management

Written by  Mark J. Morgan, MSA & Paul M. Camper, Ph.D.

It is a comfortable day in Washington D.C. The weather forecast predicts a cool overcast day. Temperatures are expected to range from a morning low of 62 to an afternoon high of 75. The winds are light (approximately 7 mph) out of the north. At 8:30 a.m., it is 70 degrees. Interstates are filled with morning rush-hour traffic. Downtown streets are clogged with heavier than normal traffic. The Metro subway system is operating at full rush-hour capacity. At 8:45 a.m., a 911 dispatcher receives a call from the Foggy Bottom – GWU Metro Station. The report indicates that a suspicious package – a large backpack with metal showing from the inside – has been found on the platform. Metro Control is concerned about the possibility of a bomb. At 8:50 a.m., the D.C. Police Department dispatches a bomb unit from special operations to investigate the report. At 9 a.m., as the bomb