Last week, the Democratic convention ended with John Kerry 'reporting for duty' as the party's candidate for the 2004 election.
Sunday, the US raised the state of alert because of threats to financial institutions in New York and Washington and Monday saw people going to work with heavily armed police officers providing very visible security.
It seems that this stemmed from an arrest in Pakistan of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and the inspection of his laptop computer, which contained detailed information on surveillance on financial institutions in the US.
Now it transpires that the information was gathered four years ago. It also seems that the information may have been gleaned from open sources and although the file on the computer was opened in January this year, no changes were made to the data.
That was apparently thought worthy of an immediate alert.
Even if it was a genuine desire to protect the nation, it looks like political opportunism of the worst kind. And we all know that perception often matters more than reality