the real reason (and real threat) behind the U.S. change to identifying terrorists –aids terrorists but also…
Eric Holder has announced changes to the policy for identifying terrorists, gaining court warrants for surveillance, wiretapping and things on down. No longer can factors like the guy (or girl) is a radical religious nutjob play any role. Nor can the fact that the person hails from a region of the world that is a terrorist hotbed be considered in any capacity. This is because Muslims have complained that they are unfairly being profiled. Ostensibly, that is the rationale, that is. I think that “hey, citizens may be blown up right and left, but at least we can feel good about ourselves because we are so PC” attitude is a big part of it, but I think it goes deeper and critics are likely to miss the forest for the trees.
This is related to the NSA. Essentially, what Holder’s new policy does is to make anti-terrorism measures the equivalent of the TSA. You know how when you board a plane people are ‘randomly’ selected for extra screening and so your 92 year old Grandma in a wheelchair is as likely as anyone else to get pulled aside and strip searched? Homeland Security, the FBI, and all of the other agencies charged with identifying potential terrorists have just been told that they must institute TSA policies.
While pulling Granny aside is certainly an inconvenience and does absolutely ZERO to protect anyone getting on that plane, the implications of the new policies regarding terrorism go much deeper. Essentially, this policy says that, in order to not profile the groups of people most likely to engage in acts of terrorism (either because of their extremist religious affiliation or the fact that they’ve come into the country from Terrorism R Us), we’ve got to be even-handed and consider any person in the U.S. from infancy on up to be a potential terrorist. We’ve got to use the tools for identifying terrorists evenhandedly –yo, Granny’s email, banking information, cellphone use and records and personal connections and so forth should be randomly scanned just like anyone else’s in the name of being fair and unbiased.
But, ya know, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised given that just last month a convicted terrorist supposedly on house arrest was invited to and attended a meeting on capital hill. Back in Sept. a report came out that dozens of trained terrorists had infiltrated the U.S. under refugee status — “I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.” They had come in as refugees from war-torn spots in the Middle East and Africa, most specifically from Somalia, Yemen and Libya. McCaul was correct: In December a report noted that somewhere around 10,000 folks with terror bona fides had slipped into the U.S. in the past three years and disappeared without trace into the melting pot.
But you know, we have to be fair and isn’t it just as likely that a 60-year old nun, a 9 year old who occasionally attended a Protestant Sunday school class, a secular Jewish boy studying theatre at college, a Baptist housewife, an agnostic accountant, a beer-worshipping welder… will decide to engage in a massive terrorist attack as anyone else? If you want to focus on statistics like the fact above 99% of the terrorist attacks that have been successful or have been thwarted in the past 20 years have come from Muslim extremists, most of whom have ties to Terrorism R Us regions of the world, then you are simply raaaaaaaaacist. What we need is essentially a police state where everyone is under equal suspicion and scrutiny. Then we can be sure that we are super PC and we are offending everyone rather than anyone and actually identifying and stopping a terrorist attack is really beside the point. It is seriously beside the point.
The former head of the NSA said on Wednesday of the U.S. that “we are now a police state” — see what else he said.