When I wrote the book I asked myself how could you create enough fear to make people willing to let the government control their lives in exchange for “security.” First the government would have to create an enemy. Then it would have to create an incident proving the threat the enemy poses.
It was the Friday morning rush hour in the downtown New York subway. People crowded together as they pushed and prodded their way along the subway platform. The people were too concerned about their own problems to have noticed two dark haired men put down identical paper bags at each end of the platform near the exits. The two men then slowly worked their way out to the stairs leading to the surface. As they met at the top one man reached into his pocket and pulled out a small radio transmitter. He flipped a switch and noted the red light went on as expected. He lifted a safety cover over another switch and flipped it up. Immediately, two low level explosions could be heard coming from the subway followed by screams. The two men walked quickly away from the location before the gas could make its way to the surface. A lethal cloud of nerve gas quickly filled the platform killing hundreds of men, women and children. Within minutes a recorded voice would call the local NBC affiliate and claim responsibility for the attack. It would say that the battle for freedom had started. The militias had declared war.