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Terrorism Disconnect?

It happened last Friday. In what is characterized as an informal meeting with reporters, U.S. Attorney General Mike Mukasey commented that he has been 'surprised' by scope of terrorist threats facing this country. The apparent disconnect with the true threat of terrorism by Mr.Mukasey is quite concerning. Frankly, this doesn't engender a lot of confidence in the lead lawyer of this country.

"I'm surprised by how surprised I am," said Mukasey, who as a federal judge presided over terrorism-related trials in New York.

"It's surprising how varied [the threat] is, how many directions it comes from, how geographically spread out it is," he said.

At the same time that he expresses concern over the expiration of FISA, and says that he's not hopeful for a compromise, he also remarks that the jihadi fatwas do not expire. What is really surprising is that Mukasey is as unaware as he seems to be about the breadth of the threats confronting us, and the ingenuity of our enemies.

If Mukasey receives terrorism daily updates, why is he surprised by the asymmetric nature of the threat?


I think maybe you're being a bit rough on the guy.

It is rather daunting to comprehend. From a legal perspective, he's got responsibilities on legal pursuit of groups and endeavors from Dearborn to Houston, and from Oklahoma City to Seattle via Kansas City. And then there's the melting pot within northern New Jersey, Manhattan, Long Island and on down through Falls Church, Virginia enroute to Charlotte, North Carolina. Everything from Hizballah to Hamas to al-Qaeda. Toss in for effect the ELF whackos in Washington state and Maryland. And that's a very abbreviated domestic list.

I take the opposite tack - considering he is, after all, a lawyer: If he had known so much before he took the post as to not be surprised, I would wonder where the heck he was before taking the post as AG.

There's only so many Andy McCarthy's and Andy Cochran's around. Maybe if his name was 'Andy' Mukasey?


Actually, I don't (think I'm being too hard on him). He gets briefed every day. Further, considering the role of the FBI, I'd hope him to be more astute.