Chertoff’s ‘gut feeling.’

Today, Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson responded to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s remarks that he has a “gut feeling” that the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack this summer:

Words have power, Mr. Secretary. You must choose them wisely–especially when they relate to the lives and security of the American public. What color code in the Homeland Security Advisory System is associated with a “gut feeling?” What sectors should be on alert as a result of your “gut feeling?” What cities should be asking their law enforcement to work double shifts because of your “gut feeling?” Are the American people supposed to purchase duct tape and plastic sheeting because of your “gut feeling?”