Perhaps the government won't need to inflate its terrorism-arrest stats after it implements the
Defense Science Board's recommendation. This influential committee inside the Pentagon has
proposed a terrifying way to fight evil-doers: Goad them into making terrorist attacks. Yes, you
read correctly. Instead of waiting for a plot to be hatched and possibly executed, go out and make
In summer 2002, the Defense Science Board outlined all kinds of ways to fight the war on
terrorism around the world. The scariest suggestion involves the creation of a new 100-man,
$100-million team called the Proactive Pre-emptive Operations Group, or P2OG.
This combination of elite special forces soldiers and intelligence agents will have "an entirely
new capability to proactively, pre-emptively provoke responses from adversary/terrorist groups,"
according to the DSB's report.
Just how the P2OG will "provoke" terrorists into action is not specified, at least in the
unclassified portions of the report. United Press International — which apparently has access to
the full, classified version of the report — says that techniques could include "stealing their
money or tricking them with fake communications." The Moscow Times offers further
possibilities, such as killing family members and infiltrating the groups with provocateurs, who
will suggest and even direct terrorist strikes.
Once the terrorists have been provoked, what then? UPI says that by taking action, the terrorists
would be "exposing themselves to 'quick-response' attacks by US forces." In other words, the
plan is to hit the hornet's nest with a stick, while waiting nearby with a can of bug spray. The
flaws in this approach are obvious. Although not spelled out in the UPI article or the report itsef,
the idea seems to be that the P2OG will cause terrorists to make an attack but supposedly stop
them light before the attack actually occurs. Will the P2OG always be able to prevent terrorism it
creates from taking place? Will it always be able to "neutralize" all of the terrorists during that
crucial window after a plan has been put into motion but before it's been carried out? I wouldn't
want to bet lives on it. But that's exactly what's happening.
Whenever any future terrorist attack occurs — an embassy is truck-bombed, a nightclub is
blown to smithereens, prominent buildings are hit with hijacked passenger jets — we'll never be
100 percent sure that this wasn't an operation the P2OG provoked but then was unable to stop in