Terror in the Skies Requires Real Action on the Ground – by Michael Reagan

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This country is on alert now in a way it has not been for almost nine years. Between the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack, the bombing of the CIA headquarters in Yemen, and near-daily airport scares, we have been forcefully reminded that a real war against terror continues to be waged here at home and abroad.

And even as I applaud Americans for not letting recent events unduly disrupt their lives and thereby giving the terrorists a minor victory, I remain deeply concerned about the current state of our homeland security.

Shortly after the incident on Northwest Flight 253, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano first insisted that “the system worked” regarding the Christmas Day attempt. This particularly blatant act of defensive self-protection was such an obvious falsehood that Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan has had to go from news show to news show offering a retraction. This bumbling effort is not exactly the type of first response that Americans should expect from those tasked with protecting our country.

Indeed, as the days progress, we are beginning to see just how great a retraction was needed. American authorities knew, before he ever boarded that plane, that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had extremist views and received training from Al Qaeda. In an act of tremendous courage, Abdulmutallab’s own father apparently had reported him as a person of concern to the U.S. embassy and CIA station chief. Abdulmutallab was on a government watch list. He had been spending time in a country with known terrorist activity.

With proper communication between security and counterterrorism agencies and proper scrutiny, this young man would have been put on a high-priority list. At the airport, he would have been flagged, he would have been searched, and he would have been caught. Instead, it is only through the grace of God and the courage of a passenger that the lives of over 200 were saved this Christmas.

In Afghanistan, we were not so fortunate, and seven American operatives were killed.

We do not have to live in fear in order to be smart about the dangers. We do not have to be an international bully to rightfully assert our position and interests around the world. The Obama administration, however, cannot seem to get a handle on the wide middle ground between “fear-mongering” and cowering in submission.

In many ways, this Christmas Day attempt is a great opportunity for the president. With no loss of life, systemic and human errors were revealed and can now be fixed. And they must be fixed.

We need to move forward with a comprehensive strategy to connect our intelligence dots. We can already see that tremendous strides have been made since the disastrous intelligence failure of 9/11, but we learned two weeks ago that we have not come far enough. Whatever motivation or resources are required, we need to improve our intelligence and make full use of it, rather than letting cases like Abdulmutallab’s fall through the cracks.

It would be all too easily to blame this on poor screening at airports here and overseas, and to reactively devote all our energies to bigger and better checkpoint technologies. To some measure, some of these recommended upgrades may be appropriate. But the greatest challenge will be for the president to take a step back and look at the entire system with all its moving parts and streamline the process. In doing, he must act with the conviction that the threat is imminent and real.

It’s time to step up to the plate, Mr. President. You signed up for this job, and we can’t afford any more of your on-the-job training.

  • Robert Bernier

    Every American should see this video !

    The ambition of Islam to conquer the world.
    For centuries Islam of the militants have been on the march to conquer the world. We did not notice because we chose not to notice. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in
    1920 by Hassan al-Banna in Egypt and was in deep confrontation with the Egyptian government. The current goals for Islam to achieve global domination for a Muslim Caliphate: a world under strict Islamic “Sharia” law, pulling Muslims back to the 7th Century. Consult : http://xrl.us/bf66jj

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president. Consult : http://xrl.us/bgeewc

  • Bill Ford

    I uess adopting EL AL approach makes too much like sense. They have had no events in thirty years. Of course they understand taht Muslims are the problem andIslam is the foe. That is hate speech here and we have three thousand dead in New York alone because of it. Wonder what happens to em if I stand up in an airline and shout kill all the Muslims.I hate Muslims. Do you think I walk away? Well on Flight 2485 a Muslim yelled that except said jews instead of Muslims. Not even arrested. Any questions where we are headed?

  • mojobebop

    nothing will be done. how this can be ascertained is by the reaction after the event:
    the administration chose not to interrogate and retrieve much needed information. instead he is being charged criminally, and given a lawyer. what does this tell you?
    if the obama administration had any real sincerity, they would not have done this.
    they are ideologically opposed to admitting that there is a fanatical islam threat.
    their first concern should be the protection of the u.s. (& this is clearly not their concern)!

  • thinker1

    Just heard on a radio a statement of a guy from our Homeland Security, that he was “surprised” there was one guy only (!) to do us harm…Can we hire people with IQ higher than 50???!?!?!??
    BTW – for at least 6 years we are told we have 12 mln illegals and that 5,000 a day go through our borders….it is 12 PLUS 11………….it's 33 million…
    If we look little further back and analize decades of illegal tresspassings and overstayed visas, the number swallows quickly…..and 50 million would not be a surprise, if not an understatement.
    Same with unemployment – we keep on losing about 500,000 jobs a month, but “unemployment numbers remind steady”…….???
    Again – Can we hire people with IQ higher than 50???!?!?!?? And honest ones?

  • LindaRivera

    Council on American-Islamic Relations: “Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” – Omar Ahmad (CAIR co-founder).

    Addressing a youth session at the 1999 Islamic Association for Palestine's annual convention in Chicago, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) founder Omar Ahmad praised suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam,”
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?A

    Jihadists are winning because of pro-Islam Western leaders. U.S. Airport Security is Deliberately and Shockingly Destroyed for Islam:

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com
    Controversial Muslim group
    gets VIP airport security tour
    Feds show CAIR latest screening steps,
    sensitive counterterrorism procedures
    August 18, 2006

    The Department of Homeland Security
    took a Muslim group with known past ties to terror organizations on a VIP tour of security operations at the nation's busiest airport at the same time British authorities were working to break up a plot to blow up U.S. airlines.

    On June 21, a senior DHS official from Washington personally guided Muslim officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations on a behind-the-scenes tour of Customs screening operations at O'Hare International Airport in response to CAIR complaints that Muslim travelers were being unfairly delayed as they entered the U.S. from abroad.

    CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association for Palestine, identified by two former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a “front group” for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

    Several CAIR leaders have been convicted on terror-related charges.

    During the airport tour, CAIR was taken on a walk through the point-of-entry, Customs stations, secondary screening and interview rooms. In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were asked to describe for CAIR representatives various features of the high-risk passenger lookout system.
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?A

    ’“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
    —Former Algerian President Houari Boumedinne’s prophetic warning to Europe in a speech at the U.N. In 1974.

    In Sweden, many Muslim youth wear a t-shirt proclaiming: “2030-then we take over”

  • LindaRivera

    Turkey's Prime Minister, Erdogan, publicly read an Islamic poem: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and Muslims our soldiers…”

    JIHAD Against Americans is UNOPPOSED by Washington

    Muslim terrorist training camps that teach murder of non-Muslims and violent Islamic conquest of America are allowed. They are not considered the enemy. Homeland security informed America who are regarded as the enemy: peaceful, patriotic Americans – pro lifers, tea party attendees, returning war veterans who risked their lives for America. God help America.

    worldnetdaily.com
    'Chilling' new video: How to slit throats
    Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound
    December 15, 2009

    By Bob Unruh

    A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

    The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

    WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

    …The U.S. State Department's 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

    The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

    CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security. To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

    …”Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he's set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said.

    The organization's “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you're his friend. Then kill him.”

    According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageI

    New MOA Terror Training Video Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg6AFylios&feat

  • BS77

    We ve been told we are “at war”. Well, are we or aren't we? The Nigerian idiot underwear bomber should be in military custody…on his way to Guantanamo for tough interrogation, facing a military tribunal. KSM should have gotten the firing squad years ago…a civilian trial in New York is totally absurd. These are foreign agents, armed combatants attacking US citizens….but the liberal morons insist they are just criminals deserving lawyers, Constitutional protections and the ability to call witnesses, appeal decisions, postpone trials, make motions….blah blah blah…everything the ACLU wants. Are we at war or not? As Bill OReilly asked, how can the military strike enemy positions with missiles and drones without any Miranda type legalisms….while terrorist jet bombers like the Nigerian get full protection of the US legal system. This makes no sense whatsoever.

  • USMCSniper

    Like Tooco said in “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” quote: ” If you're gonna shoot man, then shoot, don't just talk about it!”

    Anyone who impinges on America's freedom such as terrorist states and their proxies have chosen the rules of the game. And this is not a game we can afford to lose! We must bring their war to the terrorist states and their proxies in spades. They bomb a church, we bomb 10 mosques. They hijack a plane, we take out one of their airports. They execute American tourists, we tactically nuke an entire muslim city, they take out an American city with a WMD, we anihilate Mecca and all the holy places of Islam, and burn down every mosque in the world. Our job should be to make the cost for jihadist terrorism and their supporters so horrific that is becomes absolutely unthinkable to attack Americans because of the even more horrific consequences to them that will surely follow.

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  • LindaRivera

    Instead of our leaders showing grief and asking forgiveness for our military murdered at Fort Hood (it was known for quite some time that the Muslim killer was a significant terrorist threat), the government let us know that their BIGGEST concern was that there might be a back lash against Muslims. Are non-Muslims considered expendable?

    It is quite evident that the Administration are more concerned about securing the safety of Muslim terrorists than they are in protecting innocents. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost ALL terrorists are Muslims. As one person commented: Discriminate or DIE. It appears Obama and our government prefer that we die.

  • bubba4

    Because that's the way you do things in a civilized country.

    Let's say you take a flight to another country. Due to mistaken identity and someone plantings something in your bag, you are arrested and charged with terrorism. Your wife wants to come see you and you want your accusers to come face you with evidence, but you have been wisked off to some military holding facility for debriefing and you will be facing a millitary tribunal and then probably firing squad. You don't get lawyers because you're a dirty terrorist.

    You're wife points out to the country's leadership that they are breaking their own rules…but alas, the country is at war with “icky badness” and so they have suspended the normal rules.

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