When I read the AP article "Intel That Sparked Alert Dates to 2000" my first thought was of those silly "Born On Date" ads for beer. I was always under the impression that timing was a very important part of the spy game. You want the right information at the right place at the right time.... right? If a beer would be skunky and a soda would be flat - and both would be 'out of date' - within four years, what up with the intel??
Maybe they found an accompanying memo for "Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside United States". Or maybe it was a memo called, "Your Administration is Toast When the Public Realizes What You've Been Doing". Not politically motivated. Right.
Furthermore, if you've had this information in hand FOR YEARS, what have you been DOING about it?? How can it represent a clear and present danger now when a few years ago it was, 'Eh, whatever...'?
It's stuff like this that may jolly well send me around the bend.