Lisa Myers, who is sort of NBC’s version of CNN’s Candy Crowley after a successful month on Atkins, reports for MSNBC that the big terror alert in December of 2003 was based on a CIA analyst seeing what he thought was secret code being telecast on Al Jazeera.

This caused many cancelled flights and the terror alert level to go from “nothing at all I can do about it anyway” to “still nothing I can do about it.”

The “code” turned out to only be the winning numbers in the “JihadBall Lotto” or something like that.

Back to the drawing board.

It took several weeks for the government to take the U.S. off “red” on the following chart:

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