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October 28, 2010

On-Going Terrorists Among Us

This is "just" a moment of reflection and thanks for our continued luck that the al Qaeda wannabees in recent terrorist bombing attempts are so damn stupid and inept. The series of failed attempts includes and starts with Faisal Shahzad who failed to ignite his car bomb in Times Square. At his sentencing he said:

He also warned that attacks on Americans will continue until the United States leaves Muslim lands. "We are only Muslims ... but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you," he said.

The most recent example is Farooque Ahmed who was arrested by the FBI after telling fake al Qaeda stand-ins

Earlier this year, Metro launched an initiative known as Blue TIDE (for Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort), in which hundreds of officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have coordinated responses to simulated attacks, such as explosions on trains and buses.

These two attempts follow the incident in 2009 involving Najibullah Zazi who was intercepted when he realized that he was under government surveillance.

Since September 11th there have been numerous failed attempts to strike again. It is significant that our willingness to ramp up security measures has led to successfully keeping us without incident. There is no question that American vigilence, increased security measures and even, yes, background surveillance on suspected terrorists is helping to prevent the next September 11th. Our defense, whether the Defense of Liberty or as my colleague Steve Schippert wrote so eloquently the other day The Liberty of Defense, the preservation of our peace and the prevention of mass deaths among our population requires tactics, practices and policies that will continue to preempt these attempts.

We should also accept that we've been lucky because of the ineptitude of the terrorists. As the Public Awareness campaign in Washington DC says, if you "See it? Say it!." We all have a responsibility. And yet, there are terrorists among us. The problem we face is that "they" are here, and "they" are part of our free and open society...and they are protected by our Liberty.

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