A futures market to predict assasinations and terrorist attacks?

http://www.msnbc.com/news/945269.asp?0sl=-11


Announce a possible hijacking warning and cut in air marshall service on the same day?

http://www.msnbc.com/news/945774.asp?0dm=C16PN

Sure both were retracted relatively quickly, but how did these ideas make it so far as to be formally announced? In the case of the futures market, a web page had been established.

What are these people thinking?

I have heard some really strange things come out of congress, but even they recognized stupidity on this level.