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Mumbai reminds the U.S. to remain vigilant

Some will be irritated by this message; most surprising to me, perhaps, is that it comes from the editorial staff of a San Francisco newspaper.

I think there are some very good points. We can't live in fear, but we do need to be on our guard.


Mumbai reminds the U.S. to remain vigilant

As readers of Arthur Conan Doyle will recall, only Sherlock Holmes appreciated the significance of the dog that didn’t bark. Americans may be similarly oblivious to the fact that jihadists have not launched a successful attack in the U.S. since 9/11. As a result, we have given little credit to the painstaking work that kept them from occurring.

But last week’s terrorism in Mumbai, India, ought to wake us up. Jihadists constantly invent new methods of causing mass terror, and their biggest ally is the complacency of those unwilling to do the necessary work to thwart them. This should mean continuing the vast majority of the strenuous efforts of the Bush administration that are far too underappreciated, and building on them in ways that do not infringe on civil liberties.

Last week, the Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano outlined several priorities for keeping the American homeland safe. First, lawmakers should not monkey with the basic substance of the Patriot Act, which enhanced the ability of government agencies to track terrorists’ finances and communications, and knocked down “walls” that kept American enforcement agencies from effectively collaborating. The act has worked well since October 2001, and most of the reasonable civil liberties concerns about the original act were fixed when it was reauthorized in 2006.

Similarly, lawmakers should not weaken the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was meticulously crafted to balance security with liberty.

Third, Carafano said, the Federal Emergency Management Agency should remain integrated within the Department of Homeland Security. “When an explosion happens, the government cannot wait till it knows if the incident was a terrorist attack or an industrial accident,” he explained. “Rather, our nation needs to respond with alacrity, and that means taking an integrated ‘all-hazards’ approach from the local to the national level.”

Finally, efforts to improve coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement and first responders remain a work in progress. Those efforts should be redoubled.

In a recent address at the Federalist Society, Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned against attempts to weaken the enforcement mechanisms put in place since 9/11. He said criticisms of the successful measures amount to “a very dangerous form of amnesia that views the success of our counterterrorism efforts as something that undermines the justification for continuing them.”

That way lies Mumbai, which should serve as ample warning to us all.



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should we be on the look out for darkies and any one with a towel on their heads? Maybe just get the Ultimate Solution in gear and rest easier?
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Fuel economy!! whats that??
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should we be on the look out for darkies and any one with a towel on their heads? Maybe just get the Ultimate Solution in gear and rest easier?

There has been a tall, thin Darkie seen going in and around the Whitehouse and the House lately, be on alert, notify the SS and homeland security to keep this nation safe........
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should we be on the look out for darkies and any one with a towel on their heads? Maybe just get the Ultimate Solution in gear and rest easier?
Do some research on a turban you moron.
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Do some research on a turban you moron.
You mean imamah, shmagh, shora?
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hmm.. i don't get it either.. don't you just love when newbs show up bearing teeth? chrikey



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..and I am supposed to run and do research to please him, yeah
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i have a feeling he has no idea what a turban actually is but he knows of google so why he's ordering you, of all people, to look it up buffles me.



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You mean imamah, shmagh, shora?

The point was "towels" are worn by many Indians, so are you saying Indians are behind the terrorist attack in their own country? Since when have Indians been considered terrorist?

... when education fails, many innocent Indian's are labeled as terrorist. I can't even tell you how many have lost their jobs because of stupid office remarks like yours.
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